“I love this room,” said Bloodshot artist Cory Branan of DC9 on Tuesday evening in his northern Mississippi drawl. “It makes y’all who turned out on a Tuesday night look like a lot of motherfuckers.”
Matthew Logan Vasquez, frontman of the Delta Spirit, released LIGHT’N UP, his third solo album, in February via Dine Alone Records. Matthew is now on tour, and he headlines DC9 on Saturday, May 18.
In advance of his show, Parklife DC’s Mark Engleson caught up with Matthew to talk about his various projects, the places he’s lived, and Austin music scene.
Singer-songwriter Chris Smither performs at The Hamilton Live on Friday, May 17. Chris released Call Me Lucky, his latest record, last year via Signature Sounds/Mighty Albert with distribution by Redeye. Recorded at Blue Rock Studio in the Texas foothills and packed with Smither trademark songs that offer commentary on the human condition with a wink of an eye, the album pulls from deep in the soul and a couple of surprise covers that remind us of Chris’ deftness as a song interpreter as he makes the songs his own.
Prior to his DC concert, Chris took a phone call from Parklife DC’s Mark Engleson, who asked him about his relationship with New Orleans and the blues, meeting your heroes, and his advice for the younger generation. [This interview has been edited for length and clarity.]
You may not have heard Mac McAnally’s name, but you’re likely familiar with his with work. If you’ve listened to Jimmy Buffett, you’ve probably heard Mac’s songs, and you’ve definitely heard Mac; he’s played for decades in Jimmy’s Coral Reefer Band. Mac played a great solo show at The Birchmere on Friday.
Lissie was born a rocker. Before she released her first album, To Catch a Tiger, she toured as the opening as the opening act for Lenny Kravitz. She caught fire early, landing songs on The O.C., Veronica Mars, and House, and that was before she’d even moved to Los Angeles. But as her career progressed, she’s moved toward increasingly bare, stripped-down arrangements. And that’s what she brought to City Winery DC recently.
The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival was held in northeast DC last weekend. It featured numerous local bands and artists, as well as a few that came from out of town for the festival. With four stages of music, the festival ran from noon to eight o’clock.