Snapshots: The Blasters @ Hill Country Live — 8/18/18

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The Blasters perform at Hill Country Live in DC on Aug. 18, 2018. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

Somewhere in a timeless haven, gents in jeans and jackets pump out stirring rock ’n’ roll, the sort of which forms the sturdy backbone of “American music.” And there in the crux of it, the feisty rockabilly quartet called The Blasters will forever sit, feeding the insatiable appetite for ageless, irresistible tunes that practically demand that you dance along.

The Blasters served up that music in a satisfying show at Hill Country Live on Saturday, and Ben Eisendrath photographed the band and their opener Lara Hope & the Ark Tones.

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Music Park: Gangstagrass @ Hill Country Live — 8/17/18

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Gangstagrass (Photo courtesy Fiona Bloom)

Before Gangstagrass’s show started Friday at Hill Country BBQ, I learned that emcee R-Son is one of my people. And by one of my people, I mean that R-Son is a hardcore nerd.

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Don’t Miss: The Blasters @ Hill Country Live, 8/18/18

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The Blasters (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)

Known for their bend of rockabilly, punk, R&B, and blues, The Blasters took their place in musical history with their first four albums from 1980-85. Led by vocalist Phil Alvin, the gents returned in 2012 for a new album, Fun on Saturday Night. They are touring still as original members Bill Bateman (drums) and John Bazz (bass), as well as longtime bandmate Keith Wyatt (guitar), join Phil for a show at Hill Country Live on Saturday, Aug. 18.

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Don’t Miss: Gangstagrass @ Hill Country Live, 8/17/18

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Gangstagrass (Photo courtesy Fiona Bloom)

Founded in 2006 by Brooklyn producer Rench, Gangstagrass combines hip hip and bluegrass into a groundbreaking sound. Gangstagrass has new music to perform, and the band will play it at Hill Country Live on Friday, Aug. 17.

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Music Park: Eric Ambel @ Hill Country Live — 7/12/18

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Eric Ambel at Cowboy Technical Services in Brooklyn, New York (Photo by Rob McCarthy)

Do me a favor, please, before we go any further. Play Joan Jett and The Blackheart’s “I Love Rock ‘n Roll.” That legendary guitar riff you hear? That’s played by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel.

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Snapshots: Dangermuffin @ Hill Country Live — 6/15/18

Dangermuffin Dangermuffin performs at Hill Country Live on June 15, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Dangermuffin gave a masterful performance at Hill Country Live on Friday. The band, which originated in Folly Beach, South Carolina, and remains a staple of the coastal Carolina music scene, possesses an original sound that organically blends Americana, folk, and a bit of reggae into laid-back melodic jams.

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Music Park: The Claudettes @ Hill Country Live — 5/17/18

Claudettes Berit Ulseth fronts The Claudettes at Hill Country Live on May 17, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

The energetic performance of The Claudettes at Hill Country Live on Thursday defied the heavy hearts of its members as drummer Danny Yost lay home in Chicago, recuperating after suffering a stroke one week prior. Stepping into Danny’s seat behind the drums was Michael Caskey, who co-founded The Claudettes in 2011 with pianist Johnny Iguana but departed in 2016 due to other commitments.

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