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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Live Review: Whitey Morgan and the 78’s @ Rams Head Live — 3/23/19

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Whitey Morgan (Photo by Marc Nader)

Whitey Morgan and the 78’s cut a distinctive appearance, one that could mislead audiences, such as those at the band’s recent concert at Rams Head Live. Many of the players in this talented modern-day honky tonk band look like ex-football players gone hippie — big, bulky bodies with long hair and bushy beards.

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Live Review: Todd Snider @ The Birchmere — 3/18/19

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Todd Snider (Photo by Stacy Huckeba)

Todd Snider came to The Birchmere stage on Monday barefoot, accompanied by his adorable dog, Cowboy Jim, who also answers to “Bear.” As Cowboy Jim laid down, Todd said, “If you think he’s trained, just wait until he licks his balls.”

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Snapshots: Shannon McNally @ City Winery — 2/13/19

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Shannon McNally performs at City Winery on Feb. 13, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Diners heading to City Winery in Ivy City recently to see the last performance of Steve Earle’s winter residency were treated to a wonderful musical appetizer. Singer/songwriter Shannon McNally warmed up the capacity crowd with a tasty 45-minute solo set of acoustic tunes from her catalog.

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Live Review: Drive-By Truckers @ The Anthem — 2/8/19

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Drive-By Truckers perform at The Anthem on Feb. 8, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

Full disclosure: The songs of Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have guided me through some of the best and hardest years of my adulthood. From the first discovery of Southern Rock Opera during my college years to the most recent American Band, I can write with confidence that their songs hold persistent meaning to me.

So, I will not be objective about the recent performance of Drive-By Truckers at The Anthem. Consider this your warning.

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