Music Park: Ray Wylie Hubbard @ City Winery — 7/21/18

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Ray Wylie Hubbard performs at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic on July 4, 2017. (Photo by Maggie Boyd)

Outlaw country musician Ray Wylie Hubbard delivered an evening of great music and stories to a full house at DC’s City Winery on Saturday. “I was not expecting this,” the Oklahoma-born, Texas-based singer-songwriter told the crowd, seeming genuinely pleased at the turnout. Playing mostly crowd-pleasing favorites spiced up with delightful stories and anecdotes from a life on the road, Ray had the crowd at rapt attention.

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Snapshots: The Avett Brothers @ Union Band and Trust Pavilion (Portsmouth, VA) — 7/20/18

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The Avett Brothers perform at Union Band and Trust Pavilion in Portsmouth, Virginia, on July 20, 2018. (Photo by Nathan Payne)

Recently, The Avett Brothers released “No Hard Feelings,” a single held over from their last studio album, True Sadness, published in 2016 by American Recordings. The band, led by brothers Scott Avett (banjo, lead vocals, guitar, piano, kick-drum) and Seth Avett (guitar, lead vocals, piano, hi-hat), undertook an extensive summer tour that took them to the Union Band and Trust Pavilion in Portsmouth, Virginia, on Friday. Nathan Payne was there to shoot some pictures!

Of course, The Avett Brothers arrive locally to perform at Wolf Trap on Saturday, Aug. 18, in a sold-out show.

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Music Park: Nicki Bluhm @ The Hamilton Live — 7/20/18

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Nicki Bluhm (left) performs on the Keeping the Blues Alive III Cruise on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Natasha Cornblatt)

Phenomenally talented and equally lovely singer-songwriter Nicki Bluhm (pronounced “bloom”) played to an enthusiastic full house at DC’s The Hamilton Friday evening. Touring behind the May release of her new album — To Rise, You Gotta Fall (Little Knickers/Compass) — Nicki brought a Memphis-flavored soul sound that had the audience dancing, from little kids to senior citizens.

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Don’t Miss: Lori McKenna @ City Winery, 7/22/18

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Lori McKenna (Photo by Becky Fluke)

Lori McKenna will release The Tree, her 11th studio album, on Friday, July 20, on CN Records via Thirty Tigers. Should that heighten anticipation to see the Grammy-winning country artist, you’re in luck! Only two days later, Lori will perform during her Way Back Home Tour at City Winery in DC on Sunday, July 22!

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Music Park: Eric Ambel @ Hill Country Live — 7/12/18

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Eric Ambel at Cowboy Technical Services in Brooklyn, New York (Photo by Rob McCarthy)

Do me a favor, please, before we go any further. Play Joan Jett and The Blackheart’s “I Love Rock ‘n Roll.” That legendary guitar riff you hear? That’s played by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel.

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