Interview: Chris Smither (@ The Hamilton Live, 5/17/19)

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Chris Smither (Photo by Jeff Fasano)

Singer-songwriter Chris Smither performs at The Hamilton Live on Friday, May 17. Chris released Call Me Lucky, his latest record, last year via Signature Sounds/Mighty Albert with distribution by Redeye. Recorded at Blue Rock Studio in the Texas foothills and packed with Smither trademark songs that offer commentary on the human condition with a wink of an eye, the album pulls from deep in the soul and a couple of surprise covers that remind us of Chris’ deftness as a song interpreter as he makes the songs his own.

Prior to his DC concert, Chris took a phone call from Parklife DC’s Mark Engleson, who asked him about his relationship with New Orleans and the blues, meeting your heroes, and his advice for the younger generation. [This interview has been edited for length and clarity.]

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Live Review: Imogen Heap @ Lincoln Theatre — 5/4/19

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Imogen Heap performs at the Lincoln Theatre in DC on May 4, 2019. (Photos by Katherine Gaines/AmbientEye.com / Words by Kristie Di Lascio/https://loiloi.bandcamp.com)

Imogen (“Immi”) Heap stood before her crowd. Rounding the corner of a second night appearance at the Lincoln Theatre (added after night #1 sold out) recently, she turned to a laptop on the far-right of her setup. “No, I don’t want a software update!” We laughed. It got fixed.

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Live Review: Becky Warren @ The Hamilton Live — 5/1/19

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Becky Warren performs at The Hamilton Live on May 1, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

After recent set at The Hamilton Live, I told Becky Warren that her opening act for Della Mae ranked as one of the very best I’d ever seen. The widespread critical acclaim — from Rolling Stone Country, NPR — is deserved, and the comparisons to revered figures like Lucinda Williams are apt.

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Preview: Imogen Heap @ Lincoln Theatre, 5/4/19

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Imogen Heap (Photo by Jeremy Cowarts)

Imogen Heap released her last full-length record in 2014 and in recent years, she has released several singles. The lack of a new record has not dulled the enthusiasm of her fans however: Imogen quickly sold out a night at the Lincoln Theatre in DC, and added a second night on Saturday, May 4.

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Live Review: Ryan Bingham @ 9:30 Club — 4/21/19

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Ryan Bingham performs at 9:30 Club on April 21, 2019. (Photo by Paivi)

Ryan Bingham made his agenda very clear at the 9:30 Club recently. He told the packed venue, “We’re gonna play you some country music.” But, he said, “Not that beach balls in the back of your truck bullshit.”

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Live Review: Dawn Landes @ The Hamilton Live — 4/7/19

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Dawn Landes performs at The Hamilton Live on April 7, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

In her fourth show touring with Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock & Roll Revue, Americana singer-songwriter Dawn Landes put on a stunning opening set. The Nashville resident played tracks from her last two albums, as well as a forthcoming EP and a musical she’s creating.

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Live Review: Mary Gauthier @ City Winery — 3/24/19

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Mary Gauthier performs at City Winery on March 24, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Grammy nominee Mary Gauthier joined her opening act and backup singer/guitarist, Austinite Jaimee Harris, to help her perform the title track of her debut album, Red Rescue. Instead of breaking for intermission, they moved right into Mary’s set at City Winery recently.

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Live Review: Todd Snider @ The Birchmere — 3/18/19

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Todd Snider (Photo by Stacy Huckeba)

Todd Snider came to The Birchmere stage on Monday barefoot, accompanied by his adorable dog, Cowboy Jim, who also answers to “Bear.” As Cowboy Jim laid down, Todd said, “If you think he’s trained, just wait until he licks his balls.”

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