Emma Ruth Rundle dropped by Union Stage recently to perform songs from her last two albums, focusing heavily on 2018’s On Dark Horses, released by Sargent House.
Jim James and his band perform at the 9:30 Club on May 17, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)
Jim James has a totemic hold over the indie-rock scene — My Morning Jacket very much a universe unto itself (I bristle at the idea of calling them a jam band). Jim dropped by 9:30 Club for a pair of solo shows recently, and I caught the first of the two.
American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and visual artist Emma Ruth Rundle, touring with post-rock titans MONO, performs at Union Stage on Thursday, May 23.
In 1995, Joan Osborne’s hit song “One of Us” was inescapable. Joan’s powerful vocals imprinted on teenagers like me, and I can see still her face from the music video on MTV rotation. That face appeared again to pay homage to Bob Dylan at City Winery recently.
Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs is still going strong, entering both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame last fall. After a performance at the 52nd Annual CMA Awards in November, he’s coming around to The Birchmere for a show on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (He’s also there on Saturday, Jan. 12, and that show has sold out.)
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Bonnie “Prince” Billy. Will Oldham, who has also released music under the Palace moniker (Palace Brothers, Palace Music, and Palace Songs), is something of a cult figure. He also has a varied acting career, with appearances in films ranging from Jackass 3D to 2006’s Junebug to last year’s A Ghost Story. On Tuesday, he made an appearance at The Birchmere, and I was there to figure him out.
Kelly Willis has a new rockabilly-flavored album, Back Being Blue, released in May via Premium Records/Thirty Tigers. Chris Knight last released Little Victories via Drifter’s Church in 2012. The two team up for a double-blast of Americana at The Birchmere on Friday, June. 8.