What if they threw a band party and only the rhythm section showed up?
That’s the oddly conceived question that
has been answered by vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben
Thatcher, doing business as the Garage/Psych/Blues duo Royal Blood.
Dawes is back! Why? I’m sure there are
legitimate reasons for their tour, but I’m going to wager that it’s
mostly just because they love Cincinnati so much. (Oh, and they're backing tourmate Conor Oberst during his headlining set.)
Nickel Creek is back. The Bluegrass-y trio first arrived in
1993 and quickly became a well-loved band. In 2007, they embarked on their “Farewell (For
Now)” tour. Now, they’ve teamed up once again for
the release of A Dotted Line.
While Austin, Texas’ South by Southwest
extravaganza continues to jump the shark due to corporate excess and
misdirection, the capitol city continues to be an exceptional music
town. The Band of Heathens came out of Austin’s rich music scene with a
lot of buzz in the mid-’00s.
It’s been a decade since Blue Note
Records signed Amos Lee and put out his self-titled EP. Since then, the
Folk/Soul singer/songwriter has yet to disappoint. With a voice that
could cut through any venue’s rattle-and-rush, and lyrics and stories
that seem just right coming from a former teacher, Lee hooks a finger
into the listener’s shirt collar and pulls them closer.