Live Review: Joe Pug @ The Hamilton Live — 5/2/19

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Joe Pug (Photo by Dustin Condren)

After many years living in Austin, Greenbelt native Joe Pug has returned to “gorgeous Prince George’s.” Now married and a father, the veteran troubadour came back home to rejuvenate himself after experiencing burnout. Appearing solo at The Hamilton recently, he appeared refreshed and vigorous.

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Live Review: Becky Warren @ The Hamilton Live — 5/1/19

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Becky Warren performs at The Hamilton Live on May 1, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

After recent set at The Hamilton Live, I told Becky Warren that her opening act for Della Mae ranked as one of the very best I’d ever seen. The widespread critical acclaim — from Rolling Stone Country, NPR — is deserved, and the comparisons to revered figures like Lucinda Williams are apt.

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Live Review: Charm City Bluegrass Festival @ Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, 4/26-4/27/19

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Druid Hill Park in the wind after a storm during Charm City Bluegrass Festival. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

Waking on Friday, the forecast indicated thunderstorms and heavy winds in the neighborhood of 3 to 7 o’clock. The hours passed slowly, work keeping me busy; periodic texts from my wife, little checks of the app, and nervous glances outside the windows of classrooms marked the passage of the clouds, the speed of the winds.

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Live Review: Ryan Bingham @ 9:30 Club — 4/21/19

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Ryan Bingham performs at 9:30 Club on April 21, 2019. (Photo by Paivi)

Ryan Bingham made his agenda very clear at the 9:30 Club recently. He told the packed venue, “We’re gonna play you some country music.” But, he said, “Not that beach balls in the back of your truck bullshit.”

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Live Review: Willie Nile @ The Hamilton Live — 4/20/19

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Willie Nile performs at The Hamilton Live on April 20, 2019. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

Willie Nile bridges the chasm that lies between Bob Dylan and The Clash. He ties intelligent, literate lyrics to frenetic melodies and crashing rhythms. Talk to Willie, and the F-bomb may pop out of his craggy face. Willie turns 71 in June, and he’s still active and creative — maybe more than ever. His creativity was on display at The Hamilton Live recently.

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Preview: Sleepy Creek SpringDig @ Sleepy Creek on the Potomac (Berkeley Springs, WV) — 5/3-5/5/19

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Jeff Austin (Photo courtesy Crossover Touring)

Sleepy Creek Presents hosts the Sixth Annual Sleepy Creek SpringDig on May 3-5, 2019, at Sleepy Creek on the Potomac in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, with headliners Jeff Austin Band, Drew Emmitt, and Andy Thorn.

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