Live Review: Lori McKenna w/ Mark Erelli @ The Birchmere — 10/7/21

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Lori McKenna (Photo by Becky Fluke)

Lori McKenna is one of country music’s hit making songwriters, with songs covered by artists like Tim McGraw and Little Big Town. But she’s also an accomplished performer and recording artist in her own right, as she demonstrated recently at The Birchmere.

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Live Review: Aoife O’Donovan @ Wolf Trap — 7/28/21

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Aoife O’Donovan performs at Wolf Trap on July 28, 2021. (Photo by Casey Vock)

When singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan last appeared at Wolf Trap four years ago, she performed in the trio I’m With Her as part of the American Acoustic package tour, which also included the Punch Brothers. At the time, she noted, she was seven months pregnant; she referenced this in one of the evening’s songs, “Elevators.”

Aoife reappeared at Wolf Trap recently as a solo headliner. Normally, she told the audience, Wolf Trap is a venue where she would be an opener, but, because the venue is running at low capacity for social distancing, she was given the opportunity to headline.

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Preview: Aoife O’Donovan @ Wolf Trap, 7/28/21

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Aoife O’Donovan (Photo by Rich Gilligan)

Recently, Grammy-winner Aoife O’Donovan released two new, original songs — “More Than We Know” and “Captain’s Clock.” It’s the debut of a collaboration with Grammy-winning producer Joe Henry (Rhiannon Giddens, Bonnie Raitt) that will yield more music in the coming months.

Meanwhile, Aoife headlines Wolf Trap on Wednesday, July 28!

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Song of the Day: “The Ides of March” by Myles Kennedy

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Myles Kennedy (Photo by Chuck Brueckmann)

Building upon the excitement from the announcement of his sophomore album The Ides of March, Myles Kennedy shares its title track to the masses.

“The Ides Of March” is the longest song on the album clocking in at 7:39 and showcases the musicianship of Myles and cohorts — longtime friend and drummer Zia Uddin and bassist/manager Tim Tournier. The band stretch out musically as Myles sings an ominous warning “beware the ides of March.”

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Song of the Day: “Avalanche” by Aimee Mann

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Aimee Mann (Photo by Sheryl Nields)

Academy Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Aimee Mann releases her haunting cover of Leonard Cohen’s ballad “Avalanche.” The song, which is now available for download and/or streaming, appears as the title track for HBO’s acclaimed true-crime docuseries “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.”

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Live Review: Arlo Guthrie @ The Birchmere — 2/29/20

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Arlo Guthrie (Photo courtesy The Roots Agency)

Folk legend Arlo Guthrie celebrated a lifetime of music at The Birchmere on a recent evening billed as a commemoration of his debut 1967 album, Alice’s Restaurant. His set featured the titular “Alice’s Restaurant,” a 20-minute-or-so story song that involves litter, jail, and the draft. “If I could’ve imagined that song would be popular,” Arlo told the audience, “I would have made it a hell of a lot shorter.

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Live Review: Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles @ Jammin’ Java — 2/21/20

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Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles perform at Jammin’ Java on Feb. 21, 2020. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

“Without further ado,” Sarah Borges declared in her clipped Massachusetts accent, “we’re gonna play the rock’n’roll.” With that, Sarah and her band, the Broken Singles, exploded into a fast-paced, crunchy, punk-inspired number at Jammin’ Java on Friday.

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Preview: Rachael & Vilray @ Sixth and I, 12/12/19

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Rachael & Vilray (Photo by Jonno Rattman)

Lake Street Dive singer-songwriter Rachael Price and composer, singer, and guitarist Vilray teamed up as the duo Rachael & Vilray. Rachael & Vilray released a self-titled debut album on Nonesuch Records recently, and they perform at Sixth & I in DC on Thursday, Dec. 12.

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