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Gringo Star

Jan. 26 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Calling your band Gringo Star is a surefire way to raise some eyebrows. Throw in the fact that your music immediately conjures the holy trinity of British Invasion bands and you’re doubly damned in the eyes of many purists.  

Robert Earl Keen

Jan. 18 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Robert Earl Keen has always straddled the line between Americana and Country Blues music. But, more than anything else, he is a singer/songwriter who has the ability to weave sonic tales that are vivid, interesting and fun.  

Denney and the Jets

Jan. 11 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, January 7, 2013
Apparently, Chris Denney has only been writing songs for the past four years, but he’s clearly channeling a lifetime of pent up creative energy in the tunes he’s unleashing with his Nashville quintet, Denney & the Jets.  

Blackberry Smoke

Jan. 8 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Thursday, January 3, 2013
With two full-length albums and a couple of EPs under their belt, Blackberry Smoke began to attract some attention from Rock music fans who wanted a little grit in their musical gravy in this new century. Then, they began to get bigger and better gigs, opening for ZZ Top and the Zac Brown Band.   

Wanda Jackson

Dec. 8 • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, December 3, 2012
The title of Wanda Jackson’s new album is Unfinished Business. Really, Wanda? If anyone can claim to have finished business, it’s you.    

James McMurtry

Nov. 14 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Thursday, November 8, 2012
James McMurtry has gone from strength to strength in the past 23 years, compiling an estimable catalog of eight studio albums and a pair of stellar live recordings as proof of his compelling stage presence.   

Eilen Jewell

Sept. 6 • The Redmoor

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 4, 2012
To her infinite credit, Eilen Jewell has never been tempted to churn out a sanitized and commercially viable version of Country with a view toward success and fame.  

Unknown Hinson

Aug. 4 • Ballrooom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Perhaps it’s too prosaic to continue to believe that Stuart Baker created the persona of Unknown Hinson for a North Carolina public access show 20 years ago and thus began his Whackabilly onslaught of stages and studios. It may be convenient to imagine that Hinson blacks out his front teeth, glues on some cheesy sideburns and assaults his audiences with a raucous musical hybrid of Country and Rock.   

Lucinda Williams

July 25 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Monday, July 23, 2012
 Born in Lake Charles, La., Lucinda Williams has the keen ability to craft Southern tinged Country songs that attract both AltRock and Country fans. In her 30-year career she’s become known as a deft lyricist, which is appropriate because her father, Miller Williams, was a well-known poet. Most recently, in 2011, she released the album Blessed, which reflected upon her growth as a musician.   

Natural Child

May 25 • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Friday, May 18, 2012
 Although Natural Child coalesced back in 2009, they sound like they’ve been around forever. Almost stereotypically young, the Nashville trio’s influences date to their parents’ record collections and that sense of musical classicism is infused with an appropriate dose of hormonal rage and rebellion.   

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