Music Park: Lee Ann Womack @ The Birchmere — 3/23/18

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Lee Ann Womack (Photo by Ebru Yildiz)

Lee Ann Womack has two identities as an artist. To casual listeners, Lee Ann is the pop country singer who had a smash mainstream hit with “I Hope You Dance.” More serious fans know Lee Ann for her more traditional country and roots music work — as the face of Spotify’s Americana Icons playlist. Playing to a packed crowd at the Birchmere on Friday, Lee Ann displayed both sides of her identity.

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Don’t Miss: James McMurtry and John Moreland @ The Birchmere, 3/26/18

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James McMurtry (Photo by Mary Keating-Bruton)

Americana songwriter James McMurtry teams up with rising tunesmith John Moreland to play two weeks of shows across the Midwest and East Coast this month, including a stop at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, on Monday, March 26.

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Music Park: Reverend Horton Heat @ 9:30 Club — 12/3/17

ReverendHortonHeat08 Reverend Horton Heat performs at 9:30 Club on Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo by Neal Keller)

I don’t consider myself to be a Christmas Curmudgeon; I’m not a hipster Grinch. While I often rise to a level of pretentiousness that rejects many forms of sentimentality, I do embrace the spirit of the holiday season.

Having said that, I will go out of my way to avoid most Christmas music. I’ve got a few faves, but most of it inspires in me the same negative reaction that I feel toward showtunes. But the Reverend Horton Heat very much changed my attitude toward Christmas music at 9:30 Club on Sunday.

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Music Park: Lucinda Williams @ Lincoln Theatre — 10/30/17

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Lucinda Williams (Photo by David McClister)

I suspect the inclusion of Lucinda Williams among my favorite artists stood out a little on my (now deleted) dating profile, buried as it was among a list that heavily favored new wave, electronic, and industrial artists.

The contrast in genres was apparently notable enough that visitors commented on it more than once. But then my appreciation for Lucinda’s music did in fact arise out of a specific set of circumstances, absent which I might not have discovered her at all.

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Don’t Miss: Lucinda Williams @ Lincoln Theatre, 10/30/17

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Lucinda Williams (Photo courtesy All Eyes Media)

On Sept. 29, Lucinda Williams released This Sweet Old World via Highway 20/ThirtyTigers. This remarkable album reimagines and reinterprets Lucinda’s seminal 1992 album Sweet Old World in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Lucinda is touring to mark that anniversary with a concert at The Lincoln Theatre on Monday, Oct. 30.

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