Named after lead singer Jesse Wells, Welles combines a mix of rock genres — classic, hard, and southern — into a musical style that brings a timelessness to their songs. Welles bundled that mix into part of Alt Nation’s Advanced Placement Tour at Union Stage recently.
Soccer Mommy is on fire. With a debut full length album, Clean (Fat Possum Records), on several best of 2018 lists, a string of sold-out tour dates through next year, and loads of positive press coverage, Sophie Allison’s band showed up at the Black Cat on Saturday night ready to set the sold-out house ablaze.
“This is a song I co-wrote with my ex-boyfriend,” Nicole Atkins said with a sly grin at Wolf Trap recently. “He didn’t know we were dating.”
The he in question was rockabilly hero Chris Isaak, who collaborated with Nicole on her fourth full-length album, Goodnight Rhonda Lee, which was published last yeare via Single Lock. About half of Nicole’s concert at The Barns at Wolf Trap was dedicated to that latest album.
Carlene Carter, daughter to June Carter, has been in a mood to collaborate recently! She wrote a musical play, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, with Stephen King. Then, she supported John Mellencamp on Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, released earlier this year on Republic Records! Carlene is sure to share something from these exciting projects and sing some songs from her 10 solo records at City Winery on Friday, Nov. 16.
Music is a source of strength and comfort for me. The music that I love melts away my stress, and the messages it contains help me maintain a positive attitude about life and the world. The tragic domestic terrorism of the last week has affected me deeply, challenging my ability to do that. Not only am I Jewish, but I have close family who live in Pittsburgh, and knew victims from the Tree of Life.
Jim Lauderdale’s solo acoustic show in the Wine Garden at City Winery was balm for my troubled soul.