The Secret Sisters (Photo courtesy Red Light Management)
I can’t think of a much better venue for folk music than The Barns at Wolf Trap. When you enter the 18th century structures, which were relocated from upstate New York, you are transported to a place that is much mental as it physical or geographical. And The Secret Sisters are perhaps the most fitting band to play there, as they did recently.
The Blind Boys of Alabama perform at City Winery on March 24, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
The titans of gospel took everyone to church when The Blind Boys of Alabama performed a show at City Winery in DC on Sunday. The Grammy Award winning group put out a 90-minute set which, by the end, had the crowd on its feet, dancing with hands raised, and giving the occasional, “Amen” to the men on the stage.
Paul Janeway fronts St. Paul and the Broken Bones at Stubb’s in Austin, Texas, on March 31, 2017. (Photo by David Brendan Hall)
As a ’90s kid, I certainly love much of the music from the decade of my childhood, but I have often wished I could go back to the ’60s and ’70s to see some of the bands we will never see the likes of again. Listening to St. Paul and the Broken Bones makes me feel like I’m listening to something from those eras and yet, they just formed in 2012. I got to experience the eight-piece soul group live recently at Rams Head Live in Baltimore.
St. Paul and the Broken Bones (Photo by McNair Evans)
St. Paul and the Broken Bones released Young Sick Camellia, the band’s latest album, last year via Records. The octet will perform at Rams Head Live on Friday, Feb. 15.
Waxahatchee (Photo courtesy Ground Control Touring)
Waxahatchee, aka Katie Crutchfield, will release her Great Thunder EP on Friday, Sept. 7. The next day, she performs at The Miracle Theatre in a show presented by Union Stage.
Shelby Lynne performs at The Birchmere on July 25, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
Part way through her set Wednesday at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Shelby Lynne, brought up the topic of her hair.
Jason Isbell rocks Wolf Trap on July 24, 2018. (Photo by Jay Premack)
Amidst light rain, a dedicated crowd came to see four-time Grammy winner Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit perform at Wolf Trap on Tuesday. While the weather may have been a little wet, Jason and his band were on fire, going into their bag of tricks, bringing out the hits, and busting out some badass jamming. It was a rare mix of top-notch lyrics, singing, and instrumentals!