Live Review: Ricky Skaggs @ The Birchmere — 1/11/19

4S4A2848 bw
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder perform at The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, Virginia, on Oct. 15, 2014. (Photo by Tom Saunders)

Ricky Skaggs often plays his first shows of the year at The Birchmere. This year, he told Friday night’s audience, he first played a couple of shows in his hometown, where he lives with his second wife, singer Sharon White, and her 89-year-old father, Buck.

Continue Reading

Live Review: Caitlin Canty @ Jammin’ Java — 1/11/19

Caitlin Canty performs at Jammin’ Java on Jan. 11, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

As a musical descriptor, “Americana” has lost its meaning, its context, slowly bastardized by the easy metamorphosis of a sound into something bigger, like a mouse birthing all other mammals over time.

The same is true of the descriptor “roots”, which is a catchall for anything predisposed towards a folky sound with tones inspired by the more-distant past. Without context, they are nearly meaningless terms. These genres were giving their proper context in a powerful show by Caitlin Canty at Jammin’ Java on Friday.

Continue Reading

Snapshots: Happy Birthday Elvis! @ Pearl Street Warehouse — 1/8/19

ElvisTribute-15 Buck Dharma of Blue Oyster Cult performs at Pearl Street Warehouse on Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

A group of seasoned musicians threw a spirited celebration of Elvis Presley on The King’s birthday at Pearl Street Warehouse. Ben Eisendrath got rockin’ pictures of Vanilla Fudge, Buck Dharma of Blue Oyster Cult, and Mike Peters of The Alarm!

Continue Reading