Live Review: Brandi Carlile @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 6/14/19

IMG_8748-12 Brandi Carlile bows as she walks onto the Merriweather stage on June 14, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

We’ve seen Brandi Carlile before, we’ve walked the very same steps at Merriweather Post Pavilion, sat under the same stars, even heard some of the same songs. But no part of us could prepare for the joy-letting, the rampant release of emotion, the impossible catharsis, and the absolute connectedness of this recent show.

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Live Review: Darrell Scott @ AMP — 6/13/19

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Darrell Scott (Photo by Jim McGuire)

Darrell Scott is a master songwriter: Travis Tritt and the Dixie Chicks have taken his songs to the Country Top 5, he’s been voted Nashville Songwriter of the Year, and he’s received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Song.

But Darrell also has the blues deep down inside his body, his bones, his heart, and his soul. Not the kind of blues you have when you’re sad. This kind of the blues that is the fire in the belly of all American music. It is seductive danger and gentle love, the harsh growl of the wolf of the door and the tender croon of the father’s lullaby at the baby’s cradle. And it all came out at a recent show at AMP by Strathmore.

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Live Review: Keb’ Mo’ @ The Birchmere — 6/13/19

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Keb’ Mo’ performs at The Birchmere on June 13, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Robbie Moore refers to her husband and modern blues legend Keb’ Mo’ as the happiest man in the blues world. Keb’s happy disposition was evident when the four-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist took the stage at The Birchmere in Alexandria recently to delight fans with a nearly two-hour solo set.

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Live Review: Tom Russell @ Jammin’ Java — 6/12/19

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Tom Russell (Photo by Nadine Russell)

Two small paintings of equal size framed the stage at Jammin’ Java. Stage right, the face of Johnny Cash sat on one chair, and stage left, the face of Leadbelly, on the other. Folk/Americana musician Tom Russell began painting (seriously, at least) in 2003, and his work now appears in galleries and hotels. His works also appeared with him at Jammin’ Java recently.

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Preview: Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, 6/19/19

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Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss (Photo courtesy IMP)

Country stars Willie Nelson and Alison Kruass announced a 13-date co-headlining tour earlier this year, and now that tour arrives at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Wednesday, June 19.

Lawn seats are still available!

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