Jade Bird (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
English singer-songwriter Jade Bird released her self-titled debut album in April via Glassnote Records. The musician, although English, has quite an affinity for Americana, and she will sing her songs for us in an early show at 9:30 Club on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Robbie Fulks (Photo by Andy Goodwin)
Bloodshot artist Robbie Fulks had a special treat for his audience at Jammin’ Java recently. With him on tour was the distinguished violinist/fiddler (they’re actually the same instrument!) and singer-songwriter Jenny Scheinman. The two have a working relationship that dates back to at least 2013, appearing on each other’s albums. Each individually talented, they gelled together perfectly for the best duo performance I’ve seen this year.
Shakey Graves plays at The Anthem on Sept. 13, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)
Alejandro Rose-Garcia, better known by his hallucinogenic-given stagename Shakey Graves, further cemented his status as a harbinger of modern rock and roll with his most recent album, Can’t Wake Up. Any fans of his know well that he can write a song with a heavy groove, the kind of tunes that stutter-step into beauty.
Jaimee Harris (Photo courtesy the artist)
If you’ve never been to a house concert, I’ll explain the concept: They’re hosted in a private home. Unlike at a venue, the host doesn’t take a cut of the cover. All of the proceeds go to the artist. House concerts are ideally intimate and wondrous experiences, and such was the case with a show by Austin singer-songwriter Jaimee Harris just outside DC metro on Saturday.
Jenny Lewis (Photo courtesy Ground Control Touring)
F. Scott Fitzgerald is frequently taken out of context by people who quote him as having written that “there are no second acts in American lives.” He actually wrote, “I once thought that there were no second acts in American lives, but there was certainly to be a second act to New York’s boom days.” Like America’s greatest city, there is a second act to Jenny Lewis’s boom days. The former child and teen actress, now in her early 40s, has become an amazingly gifted songwriter and a spectacular live performer. Her dynamism was on full display at The Anthem Thursday night.
Jenny Lewis (Photo by Autumn de Wilde)
Jenny Lewis released On the Line, her latest studio album, in March via Warner Records. She now performs at The Anthem on Thursday, Sept. 5!
Eli Lev performs at the DC Music Rocks Festival on Aug. 17, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
I’ve been following the District of Columbia’s live music scene for several years yet I’ve just barely begun to scratch the surface of the diversity, variety and joy that so many musical artists bring to this region. The same could be said about the third annual DC Rocks Music Festival recently — despite the line-up of a wonderful array of 12 bands and singer-songwriters, there is so much more to discover in our own backyard.
Dodie (Flyer courtesy 9:30 Club)
English singer-songwriter Dodie Clark, best known as simply Dodie, sold out one night at 9:30 Club, and she’s added a second! Touring on Human, her recently released third EP, the young musician is cool, smart, and genuine. You can win tickets to see her at 9:30 Club on Friday, Sept. 6, with Parklife DC.
Brad Paisley performs at Jiffy Lube Live on Aug. 10, 2019. (Photo by Jules McNamara)
Brad Paisley had a fine time at Jiffy Lube Live recently, dropping in for a visit on his 2019 World Tour with support from Chris Lane and Riley Green. Jules McNamara got all of the pix of Brad, Chris, and Riley!
Lori McKenna performs her album, Bittertown, at City Winery DC, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss/ aristrauss.com)
Bittertown was undoubtedly Lori McKenna’s breakthrough album. Its release attracted the attention of Faith Hill, who went on to cover three songs from the album and paved Lori’s way to a successful songwriting career in Nashville.