Preview: Kentucky Avenue with Special Guest Justin Trawick @ Villain and Saint — 8/16/19

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Kentucky Avenue’s Stella Schindler and Dave Ries perform at The Birchmere, July 27, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Local alt-country band Kentucky Avenue debuts its quartet lineup when original members Dave Ries (lead guitar/vocals) and Stella Schindler (lead vocals/guitar) are joined by fiddler Michael Taylor and bassist Greg Watkins for performance at Villain & Saint on Friday, Aug. 16.

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Live Review: The Legendary Shack Shakers @ City Winery — 8/11/19

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The Legendary Shack Shakers perform at City Winery on Aug. 11, 2019. (Photo by Rik Goldman)

The Legendary Shack Shakers played, sang, hollered, and sweated their way through seventy-five minutes of pure Southern Gothic madness at City Winery recently.

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Live Review: BJ Barham @ City Winery — 8/10/19

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BJ Barham (Photo by Jillian Clark)

BJ Barham, lead singer and lyricist of the band American Aquarium, played a solo acoustic show at City Winery recently. He more than delivered on his promise to “continuously punch you in your feelings for the next 90 minutes,” entertaining the crowd with songs and stories for two hours.

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Live Review: Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles @ Jammin’ Java — 8/4/19

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Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles perform at Jammin’ Java on Aug. 4, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

Oh, the things we do for love… and I do love Sarah Borges’s music. Last Sunday, she and her band, the Broken Singles, made their way to Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Virginia on her current east coast run. Though my predicament may not have been worthy of a Game of Thrones plotline, I nonetheless felt a sense of desperation, as I raced the clock, and New Jersey Turnpike, attempting to make the 6+ hour trip from Connecticut to Virginia in five hours.

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Preview: Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles @ Jammin’ Java, 8/4/19

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Sarah Borges (Photo courtesy Conqueroo)

Last year, Sarah Borges released Love’s Middle Name, her latest album, via Blue Corn Music. She’s been touring incessantly since then, and Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles come around DC again for a show at Jammin’ Java on Sunday, Aug. 4.

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Live Review: Cosmic Honky Tonk Revue featuring Chuck Mead, Jim Lauderdale, and Jason Ringenberg @ The Hamilton Live — 7/23/19

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Jim Lauderdale performs at MerleFest on April 27, 2019. (Photo by cp_thornton)

The Cosmic Honky Tonk Revue stopped at The Hamilton recently to showcase the talents of three major figures in alternative country and Americana music: Jason Ringenberg (Jason & The Scorchers), Chuck Mead (BR5-49), and Jim Lauderdale. “Cosmic Honky Tonk” was itself a play on legendary — and tragic — country-rocker Gram Parson’s “cosmic American music.”

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