Live Review: Steve Earle @ City Winery — 2/13/19

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Steve Earle performs at City Winery in DC on Feb. 13, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Steve Earle is the godfather of Americana music. With his black vest, jeans, and long gray beard, he’s often said to look like an aging biker. But when I saw him at City Winery on Wednesday, I saw a bit of one of the main characters of one of his favorite novels, a sort of Texas Gandalf the Grey.

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Live Review: Valerie June @ Sixth & I — 2/9/19

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Valerie June performs at Eco Festival Cabaret Vert in France on Aug. 25, 2013. (Photo by Clement Caron)

On a cold Saturday evening, singer-songwriter Valerie June took the stage with a tiny banjo before a sold-out crowd at the District’s Historic Sixth & I Synagogue. Informing the crowd the that this banjo was “the baby,” Valerie played “Somebody to Love” to kick off an evening of soulful roots.

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Live Review: Kasey Chambers @ The Birchmere — 2/5/19

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Kasey Chambers performs at The Birchmere on Feb. 5, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

“I’m starting to think I play more here in this venue than in my hometown,” said Australian country singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers Tuesday at The Birchmere, after she and her Fireside Disciples played “Not Pretty Enough.” Kasey praised The Birchmere, saying that it felt like home — and expressing special appreciation for the venue allowing artists to use its washing machine.

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Live Review: Hot Club of Cowtown and The Dustbowl Revival @ Wolf Trap — 2/2/19

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Hot Club of Cowtown performs at Wolf Trap on Feb. 2, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

The Hot Club of Cowtown and The Dustbowl Revival shared the bill at Wolf Trap’s Barns recently for two performances as part of their tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Band.

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Live Review: Neko Case @ Lincoln Theatre — 1/26/19

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Neko Case performs at the Lincoln Theatre in DC on Jan. 26, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)

Fans love fire-haired songstress Neko Case for being a quirky character. Between “This Tornado Loves You” and “Halls of Sarah,” a truly unusual conversation took place between Neko and her background singers at the sold-out Lincoln Theatre in DC on Saturday.

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Live Review: Steep Canyon Rangers @ The Hamilton Live — 1/25/19

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Steep Canyon Rangers perform at Merlefest on April 28, 2016. (Photo by CP Thornton)

The Steep Canyon Rangers nodded to DC’s strong bluegrass history in a lively concert that showcased their unusual configuration and a few pleasant surprises at The Hamilton Live on Friday.

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