Patterson Hood performs at Pearl Street Warehouse on Dec. 7, 2018, in one of the best shows of the year. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)
Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2018 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.
Mark Engleson, a man who truly loves live Americana, folk, and country, chose his Top 10 concerts of 2018 for Parklife DC.
Amanda Shires performs at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, on Aug. 2, 2018. (Photo by Glenn Cook)
Amanda Shires thrilled the crowd at The Birchmere on Thursday with selections from her new album, To The Sunset, and delighted them with her fun, quirky personality. Amanda is an absolutely lovely woman, and she could be really intimidating, but her fun, slightly goofy personality gave her a warm, endearing stage presence.
Amanda Shires (Photo by Elizaveta Porodina)
Singer-songwriter and violinist Amanda Shires will release her highly anticipated fifth album, To The Sunset, on Aug. 3 via Silver Knife/Thirty Tigers. And on Thursday, Aug. 2, she will perform those new songs at The Birchmere.
Jason Isbell rocks Wolf Trap on July 24, 2018. (Photo by Jay Premack)
Amidst light rain, a dedicated crowd came to see four-time Grammy winner Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit perform at Wolf Trap on Tuesday. While the weather may have been a little wet, Jason and his band were on fire, going into their bag of tricks, bringing out the hits, and busting out some badass jamming. It was a rare mix of top-notch lyrics, singing, and instrumentals!
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (Photo by Danny Clinch)
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit released The Nashville Sound, their sixth studio album, in 2017 via Southeastern. The band will perform songs old and new at Wolf Trap on Tuesday, July 24.