The late Doc Watson performs on July 11, 2019. (Photo by Joe Giordano)
Doc Watson was a musical giant. With a repertoire spanning bluegrass, folk, country, blues and gospel, his knowledge of traditional music was held in the highest regard. The seven-time Grammy award winner, and winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award, was considered a master of fingerstyle and flatpicking guitar. As was brought up at the “Remembering Doc” show at The Birchmere recently, he also had perfect pitch, and sung husky, rough-hewn vocals.
Brent Cobb (Photo by John Shearer)
Grammy-nominated musician Brent Cobb has released “Providence Canyon,” the final video in a three-part series filmed and recorded live in his native South Georgia, titled “Come Home Soon.” Brent and his band visit the Rock and Roll Hotel on Wednesday, Sept. 18 for his Sucker for a Good Time Tour.
Gretchen Peters (Photo by Gina Binkley)
When Gretchen Peters’ “Independence Day” came out, there were radio stations that wouldn’t play it because of its controversial subject matter: domestic violence. While the song takes place on July 4, it’s not about July 4.
Zac Brown Band performs at Jiffy Lube Live on Aug. 25, 2019. (Photo by Jules McNamara)
On Sept. 20, Zac Brown Band releases The Owl, the band’s sixth studio album. Before that, however, Zac Brown and company have a whole lot of touring to do, and they dropped by Jiffy Lube Live recently to play new songs and old favorites on The Owl Tour. Jules McNamara photographed the show!
Eli Lev performs at the DC Music Rocks Festival on Aug. 17, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
I’ve been following the District of Columbia’s live music scene for several years yet I’ve just barely begun to scratch the surface of the diversity, variety and joy that so many musical artists bring to this region. The same could be said about the third annual DC Rocks Music Festival recently — despite the line-up of a wonderful array of 12 bands and singer-songwriters, there is so much more to discover in our own backyard.
Brad Paisley performs at Jiffy Lube Live on Aug. 10, 2019. (Photo by Jules McNamara)
Brad Paisley had a fine time at Jiffy Lube Live recently, dropping in for a visit on his 2019 World Tour with support from Chris Lane and Riley Green. Jules McNamara got all of the pix of Brad, Chris, and Riley!
Chris Stapleton (Photo by Andy Barron)
Country artist Chris Stapleton has been everywhere lately! The singer recently released “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy,” a single he contributed to the movie Toy Story 4. Prior to that, he appeared on albums by Pink and Justin Timberlake. Now, he roams to Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday, Aug. 11 with his All American Roadshow.