Slaid Cleaves (Photo by Karen Cleaves)
Austin singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves played a delightful show to a packed house at Hill Country Live recently. He opened with “Horseshoe Lounge,” with his accompanist, Chojo Jacques, adding fiddle to the mix. Slaid told the crowd that he was born in DC, and that this was his fourth October show at Hill Country in DC.
The High and Wides (Photo by Walter Bowie)
The High and Wides, a tight, talented bluegrass quartet from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, killed it at Hill Country in DC recently.
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.
Time Sawyer (Photo by Jake Rothwell)
The crowd wanted to blow off steam and listen to some fun music, and the boys of Time Sawyer obliged in their recent debut headlining show at Hill Country. Even playing a murder ballad, the band kept it light and made it a good time.
Casey Cavanagh (Photo by Daniel Crane)
Wide-brimmed hat and beard, smooth voice and introspection, it’d be easy to mistake Casey Cavanagh for just another folk rocker hoping to catch the Americana wave. It’d be just that, though — a mistake. I chatted with Casey to learn more about the man in advance of his recent show at Hill Country in DC.
The Band of Heathens performs at Michael Hearne’s 15th annual Big Barndance in Taos, New Mexico, on Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo by Dave Hensley)
Coming from one of America’s great musical cities, Austin, Texas, The Band of Heathens played on New Year’s Eve at Hill Country BBQ. Formed in 2008, the BoH mixes Americana influences with roots rock. On their most recent project, A Message from the People Revisited, they journey into soul, gospel, and R&B.
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.