Live Review: The Dimmer Twins @ Rams Head on Stage — 4/15/19

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The The Dimmer Twins play at Rams Head on Stage. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

A little more than two months after Drive-By Truckers blew down the walls of the Anthem with Lucinda Williams, Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood recently rolled into the Rams Head in Annapolis with nothing more than a few guitars, stories, songs, and their humorous nom de guerre as a duo. The Dimmer Twins, a play on The Glimmer Twins of Rolling Stones fame (Mick Jagger and Keith Richards), without an opener or a setlist.

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Preview: Charm City Bluegrass Festival @ Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, 4/26-4/27/19

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The award-winning Charm City Bluegrass Festival will take over Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park for a seventh annual celebration of bluegrass, folk, and Americana, headlined by The Bridge, Deer Tick, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Jeff Austin Band, for two days on Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27.

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Ticket Giveaway: Parachute @ 9:30 Club, 5/1/19

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Will Anderson (vocals, guitar), Johnny Stubblefield (drums), and Christopher “Kit” French (saxophone, keyboards) formed Parachute more than a decade ago when they were still in high school. Now the gents from Charlottesville will release a new self-titled album on May 10 via Thirty Tigers. Parachute performs at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, May 1, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.

Update: Parachute has sweetened the deal — our winner also gets their picture taken with the band at 9:30 Club!

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Interview: Martin Barre (@ The Birchmere, 4/22/19)

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Martin Barre performs at Jammin’ Java on Oct. 14, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

“I just want to be a good musician, I want to be a good songwriter, I want to get better.”

Refreshing words coming from a musician who’s been at the top of his game for over 50 years. Martin Barre is well-known as the long-time lead guitarist (1969-2012) for Jethro Tull. I spoke with Martin in anticipation of his “Martin Barre Celebrates 50 Years of Jethro Tull Tour,” which will come to the DC Metro area for two shows on April 22 at The Birchmere and April 23 at Rams Head on Stage. (This interview has been edited for clarity and flow.)

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