The Rocket Summer (Photo by Braverijah Gregg)
Bryce Avary, aka The Rocket Summer, released his first EP nearly two decades ago at the age of 17. Earlier this year, Bryce released his latest album Sweet Shivers, and he showed fans that he’s still going strong with no signs of stopping soon. The multi-instrumentalist Texas native stopped by DC’s waterfront at Union Stage recently in support of the latest album.
Ray Wylie Hubbard (Photo courtesy Red 11 Music)
You can call it country-rock, outlaw country, progressive country, or Americana. Whatever you call it, Ray Wylie Hubbard, who’s “been doing this a long time,” and calls himself “an acquired taste,” found a receptive, appreciative audience in a sold-out house at City Winery recently. The legendary Texas troubadour, feted lately with a tribute album and a book about his life and music, gave patrons a special live experience, punctuating his songs with conversational asides and injecting good-natured humor throughout his show.
Vandoliers (Photo by Cameron Gott)
Dallas-based cowpunk band the Vandoliers headlined a festive evening of twangy performances that featured several musicians based in our local area. Max Jeffers of Baltimore rock group Western Star opened the show with a solo electric performance. I found myself sitting next to Max’s father, and we got to talking about his relationship with the Old 97s, who recorded their latest album at his ranch.
Vandoliers (Photo by Mike Brooks)
The Vandoliers recently released a new album, Forever, via Bloodshot Records, and the band appears at Pie Shop on Tuesday, Aug. 20, to play their new songs.
Hellyeah performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on July 26, 2019. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)
Metal supergroup Hellyeah is touring in advance of releasing a new album, and the band stormed The Fillmore Silver Spring recently. Paivi Salonen was there to shoot the show.
Wayne Hancock (Photo by Victor Barajas)
“Happy Father’s Day,” Wayne Hancock said, “unless you didn’t know. Then nice surprise!” With that, Wayne and his band launched into an instrumental during their recent appearance at Hill Country in DC.
Erykah Badu performs at The Anthem on March 16, 2019. (Photo by Chris Castillo)
Erica Abi Wright, better known as Erykah Badu, dropped by The Anthem recently, and Chris Castillo took some pix of the actress and singer-songwriter.