Live Review: The Mastersons @ The Birchmere — 5/20/19

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The Mastersons perform at The Birchmere on May 20, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Married couple Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore have performed, respectively, as the guitarist and the fiddler in Steve Earle’s band, The Dukes since 2010. They also record and perform as an acoustic duo, The Mastersons. They played new material at The Birchmere recently as openers for Steve.

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Live Review: Steve Earle and The Dukes @ The Birchmere — 5/20/19

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Steve Earle performs at The Birchmere on May 20, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Steve Earle came out to introduce the show Monday night at The Birchmere. He welcomed the audience to the Guy Tour, and said he’d been looking forward to this for a long time. He told us we’d hear a lot of Guy Clark’s songs and a lot of his songs.

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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: Della Mae @ The Hamilton Live — 5/1/19

DellaMae Della Mae performs at The Hamilton Live on May 1, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Della Mae puts a fresh spin on bluegrass. In a genre traditionally characterized by a “high lonesome” sound, this Grammy-nominated lineup of all female dynamos is unlike anyone else. At The Hamilton Live recently, the band covered rock songs, like the Allman Brothers’ “Whipping Post,” with a boiling stew of strings, and they played string band music with the fervor and soul of blues rock.

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Live Review: Dawn Landes @ The Hamilton Live — 4/7/19

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Dawn Landes performs at The Hamilton Live on April 7, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

In her fourth show touring with Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock & Roll Revue, Americana singer-songwriter Dawn Landes put on a stunning opening set. The Nashville resident played tracks from her last two albums, as well as a forthcoming EP and a musical she’s creating.

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Live Review: Nick Lowe @ The Hamilton Live — 4/7/19

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Nick Lowe performs with Los Straightjackets at The Hamilton Live on April 7, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

I’d never seen The Hamilton as completely full as it was for Nick Lowe’s recent concert. It was completely sold out, seated and standing room alike. Nick Lowe deserved that reception.

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