Livestream Preview: Waxahatchee @ Noon Chorus, 6/8/20

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Waxahatchee (Photo by Molly Matalon)

Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) released her highly anticipated new album Saint Cloud on March 27 via Merge Records. Critics hailed Saint Cloud as a career-defining album with Katie’s songwriting front and center.

With her spring tour in support of the album canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Katie has a series of five livestream shows dedicated to her five albums, starting on Monday, June 8, via Noon Chorus.

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Song of the Day: “Sucker” by Madeline Kenney

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Madeline Kenney (Photo courtesy Grandstand Media)

Madeline Kenney released her critically acclaimed sophomore album Perfect Shapes in 2018, and recently she announced its stunning follow-up, Sucker’s Lunch. Madeline recently shared the album’s lead single, “Sucker,” featuring vocals from Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner.

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My Favorite Artist: Lucinda Williams

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Lucinda Williams (Photo by Danny Clinch)

Editor’s Note: Parklife DC asked its contributors to write essays about their favorite bands. These essays appear in an occasional series, My Favorite Artist, and provide our readers with insights into our bloggers, their motivations, and their approach to covering concerts.  

In 1994, Lucinda Williams won her first Grammy Award for Best Country Song for “Passionate Kisses,” a track from her self-titled 1988 turn to Americana. Mary Chapin Carpenter’s cover of the song also won for Best Country Vocal Performance.

While Mary may have taken away the hardware for her performance of the song, Lucinda’s hardcore fans — like me — will always prefer her performance of the song.

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Live Review: Ken Stringfellow @ Bright Box Theater — 3/7/20

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Ken Stingfellow performs at the Bright Box Theater on March 7, 2020. (Photo by Marc Shea)

The Bright Box Theater is a little gem tucked away on the Pedestrian Mall in Old Town Winchester, Virginia. In addition to the main theater, there is a small area on the second floor called Out of the Box that hosts intimate events. Out of the Box recently featured Ken Stringfellow. Ken not only founded the alternative rock band The Posies, but has also played for many years with REM and Big Star, in addition to releasing several solo albums.

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Live Review: Sarah Harmer @ The Birchmere — 2/26/20

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Sarah Harmer (Photo by Vanessa Heins)

Sarah Harmer thanked The Birchmere “for having faith after 10 years that I can still sing.” The critically acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter recently released her first album in as long, Are You Gone. Over the last decade, she stepped away from music and was engaged in environmental activism. In 2005, Sarah found PERL, Protecting Escarpment Rural Land, to campaign to protect the Niagara Escarpment against a gravel development.

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Live Review: Nora Jane Struthers @ Jammin’ Java — 2/21/20

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Nora Jane Struthers performs at Jammin’ Java on Feb. 21, 2020. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

A fair number of people who came out to Jammin’ Java on Friday night were already familiar with Nora Jane Struthers. She introduced herself as “hailing from the great country and bluegrass state of…” and the audience chimed in “New Jersey.”

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Live Review: Sierra Hull @ Strathmore Music Center — 2/13/20

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Sierra Hull (Photo by Gina Binkley)

In her second appearance at the Strathmore Music Center, mandolin virtuoso Sierra Hull and her ultra-talented band recently opened for ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro. The former child prodigy, who recorded her first album at the age of 11, packed a lot of variety into her set, with vocal and instrumental numbers, as well as solo pieces where she accompanied herself on the acoustic guitar.

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