Live Review: Amythyst Kiah @ 9:30 Club — 1/10/20

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Amythyst Kiah (Photo courtesy Ramseur Records)

Johnson City, Tennessee-based folksinger Amythyst Kiah opened for Yola recently at the 9:30 Club. As she explained before playing “Jolene,” the two met several years at a Dolly Parton tribute, and have been friends ever since.

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Live Review: Yola @ 9:30 Club — 1/10/20

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Yola sings at Americanafest on Aug. 10, 2019. (Photo by Steven Pisano)

Several years ago, country-soul songwriter Yola was testing a Christmas gift that involved a live flame. Unbeknownst to her, the accelerant she used leaked onto her dress, and, when she went to light it, she caught fire.

To her surprise, Yola responded by breaking into laughter, as she realized she was bizarrely happy at this turn of events. That says a lot about where she was at the time, Yola told a sold-out 9:30 Club audience recently.

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Live Review: Last Train Home @ The Birchmere — 1/3/20

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Eric Brace, Thomm Jutz, and Peter Cooper (Photo by John Partipilo)

Last Train Home came together in DC in the late ‘90s, led by Eric Brace, who was then a reporter at the Washington Post. When the band took off, Eric left the Post to become a full-time musician.

After a hiatus, Last Train Home came home to The Birchmere recently.

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Live Review: Hank Williams Tribute @ The Birchmere — 12/29/19

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Hank Williams’ star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Photo by allison_dc)

The end of the year brings the annual Hank Williams tribute show to The Birchmere. In the 23rd annual occurrence of the show recently, many performers returned from last year: Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Pete and Maura Kennedy, bassist Mark Schatz, and fiddler Patrick McAvinue.

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Best of the Year: Top 10 Concerts of 2019 by Mark E.

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Rosanne Cash placed as one of Mark Engleson’s top shows of the year. Read on to see who else made the cut. (Photo by David LaMason)

Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2019 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.

Editor (again): After much consideration, the prolific Mark Engleson chose his top 10 shows for 2019.

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Live Review: Samantha Fish @ 9:30 Club — 12/17/19

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Samantha Fish performs at 9:30 Club on Dec. 17, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Making her second appearance this year in the DMV, ace guitar slinger Samantha Fish tore it up at her first appearance at the 9:30 Club recently. (This summer, she led off a bill at Wolf Trap with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and the legendary Buddy Guy.) With a bevy of guitars at her disposal, the blueswoman heavily featured songs from her new LP, Kill or Be Kind.

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