Live Review: The Band of Heathens @ Hill Country Live — 12/31/18

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The Band of Heathens performs at Michael Hearne’s 15th annual Big Barndance in Taos, New Mexico, on Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo by Dave Hensley)

Coming from one of America’s great musical cities, Austin, Texas, The Band of Heathens played on New Year’s Eve at Hill Country BBQ. Formed in 2008, the BoH mixes Americana influences with roots rock. On their most recent project, A Message from the People Revisited, they journey into soul, gospel, and R&B.

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Live Review: Hackensaw Boys @ Gypsy Sally’s — 12/29/18

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The Hackensaw Boys (Photo by John Smith)

It’s not every day that one sees a man wearing a homemade percussion instrument built mostly out of tin cans and a hubcap. But string band the Hackensaw Boys feature just such an instrument, the Charismo, originally created by founding member Fred Neuhardt, who has since left the band. The heavily bearded Beau Dodson, current percussionist for the Hackensaw Boys, used brushes to play the instrument in a lively show at Gypsy Sally’s recently.

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Live Review: Los Lobos @ City Winery — 12/21/18

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Los Lobos performs at City Winery on Dec. 21, 2018. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

Initially formed by singer and guitarist David Hidalgo and guitarist/percussionist Louie Perez in 1973, the lineup of East Los Angeles band Los Lobos hasn’t changed in more than three decades. They know each other’s playing really, really well. And even though they scored a #1 hit with their cover of Ritchie Valens’s arrangement of the traditional song “La Bamba” on the soundtrack to the 1987 film of the same name, Los Lobos have never stopped being a blue-collar band in the very best sense: hardworking and professional about their performances — including one such performance at DC’s City Winery recently.

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Live Review: Judy Collins @ The Birchmere — 12/18/18

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Judy Collins sings at the 50th Anniversary of the visit of John F. Kennedy to New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland, on June 22, 2013. (Photo by Sean Rowe)

At 38, I’m not typical of the audience here at The Birchmere on a Tuesday night for a Judy Collins concert; the friend I’ve brought to the show is a bit closer at 52. As Judy said, said “I’ve been doing this for 59 years.” “You’re looking at the American Idol of 1957,” she joked.

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Live Review: Turnpike Troubadours @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 12/15/18

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The Turnpike Troubadours perform at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic on July 4, 2017. (Photo by Do512)

Hard-rocking country band the Turnpike Troubadours played to a sold-out house at The Fillmore Silver Spring recently. The East Oklahoma quintet had the fans, packed up into the rafters, singing along, stomping, and hollering with their Red Dirt music.

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Live Review: Old 97’s @ Rams Head Live — 12/8/18

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The Old 97s bring their Holiday Extravaganza to Rams Head Live on Dec. 8, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)

The year 2018 was a busy one for the Dallas, Texas band the Old 97’s. Right on the heels of the critically acclaimed Graveyard Whistling, the band put together their first Christmas album; frontman Rhett Miller released his seventh solo album, The Messenger; and they celebrated 25 years as a band — a major milestone. All of that came together in a terrific concert at Rams Head Live on Saturday.

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