Babyfaced and blessed with movie-star good looks, small-town Oklahoma boy Parker Millsap played to a diverse crowd at the Black Cat on Wednesday evening.
Joachim Cooder opened for his father, Ry, at The Birchmere on Monday, the second of two tour dates at the venue. Joachim recently released his debut EP as a solo performer, Fuchsia Machu Picchu, but at only 39 years old, he has nearly 25 years of experience as a professional. He’s played drums in his father’s band since his teens, and worked with his dad his to score a Wim Wenders film.
Midwestern rockers Red Wanting Blue released The Wanting, their 11th studio album, via Blue Elan Records on April 27. The gents are on tour, and they perform locally at City Winery on Tuesday, June 19.
At the Kingmans Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival on Saturday, I endured sun and rain, met some cool dogs, suffered for some ice cream, and most of all experienced some very good bluegrass, Americana, and blues bands on one full day.
Jesse Dayton released The Outsider, his new solo album, on June 8 via Blue Elan Records. The Americana guitarist is on tour opening Reckless Kelly, and they visit The State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, on Friday, June 15.
On June 1, Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore released Downey to Lubbock, a collaborative album that serves as a love letter to the American West, via Yep Roc Records. Dave and Jimmie have embarked on a tour together, and they perform locally at The Birchmere on Thursday, June 14.