Live Review: Paul Thorn @ The Birchmere — 8/12/21

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Paul Thorn performs live. (Photo courtesy the artist)

When Paul Thorn plays The Birchmere, it’s always a party and a celebration.

Even in these times, when he couldn’t, as per his usual practice, wade into the crowd at the end of show to shake hands and give hugs, it’s still an evening of joy and uplift. The Renaissance man from Tupelo, Mississippi — Paul is a former pro middleweight fighter who once fought world champ Roberto Duran, and, in addition to his music, he’s a visual artist — is all heart, except where’s he also pure rock and grooving soul.

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Live Review: Jimbo Mathus and The Dial Back Sound @ The Hamilton Live — 7/22/21

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Jimbo Mathus and The Dial Back Sound perform at The Hamilton Live on July 22, 2021. (Photo by Rashad Polk)

Jimbo Mathus is best known as the guitarist, singer, and bandleader for the swing revival group Squirrel Nut Zippers. But Jimbo’s career is much broader than that, and when he performed with his band, The Dial Back Sound, at The Hamilton on Thursday, he promised to get to “all types of music,” starting with “a little bit of honky tonk, and bringing up some deep soul from the deep South.”

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Livestream Preview: 3 Doors Down @ Mandolin, 2/5/21

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3 Doors Down (Photo courtesy Red Light Management)

3 Doors Down is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their multi-platinum debut album The Better Life with three opportunities to watch them live from your living room performing from Nashville.

The series kicks off on Friday, Feb. 5, in a livestream via Mandolin, and it will feature the band, for the first time, playing their debut album in its entirety plus 3 never before heard songs from their vault.

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Live Review: North Mississippi Allstars @ The Hamilton Live — 11/13/19

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North Mississippi Allstars (Photo by Tom Bejgrowicz)

“World boogie” came to the District recently. That’s the term the North Mississippi Allstars use for their Hill Country blues-based, hard-rocking, seriously funky style. For some three hours, the NMA jammed out in front of a packed house at The Hamilton. Based in tradition but looking to the future, the NMA showed the audience just what is possible when creative, forward-looking artists put their spin on roots music.

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Live Review: Paul Thorn @ The Birchmere — 5/31/19

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Paul Thorn (Photo courtesy Blind Ambition Management)

Paul Thorn plays a mix of roots rock, R&B, and gospel, black and white, all with a hint of his native Tupelo country twang. That’s an accurate description, but it does not convey of who Paul Thorn is. He shared some insights into the question during his performance at The Birchmere recently.

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Live Review: Mac McAnally @ The Birchmere — 5/10/19

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Mac McAnally (Photo courtesy the artist)

You may not have heard Mac McAnally’s name, but you’re likely familiar with his with work. If you’ve listened to Jimmy Buffett, you’ve probably heard Mac’s songs, and you’ve definitely heard Mac; he’s played for decades in Jimmy’s Coral Reefer Band. Mac played a great solo show at The Birchmere on Friday.

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Music Park: Cedric Burnside @ Pearl Street Warehouse — 11/15/18

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Cedric Burnside performs at Blues Rules Crissier Festival in Switzerland on May 22, 2016. (Photo by Christophe Losberger)

The blues, one of America’s great contributions to the arts, come in many forms. Multi-instrumentalist Cedric Burnside plays hill country blues, so named for the hill country of northern Mississippi. And he played them sure and well at Pearl Street Warehouse recently.

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Music Park: Collective Soul and 3 Doors Down @ MECU Pavilion — 8/21/18

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Ed Roland of Collective Soul entertains the crowd at MECU Pavilion. (Photos by Shantel Breen)

The Rock & Roll Express Tour rolled through Baltimore on Tuesday!  This tour featured headliners 3 Doors Down with Collective Soul — and together they rocked the MECU Pavilion on a rather stormy evening.

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