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.
The The Dimmer Twins play at Rams Head on Stage. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)
A little more than two months after Drive-By Truckers blew down the walls of the Anthem with Lucinda Williams, Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood recently rolled into the Rams Head in Annapolis with nothing more than a few guitars, stories, songs, and their humorous nom de guerre as a duo. The Dimmer Twins, a play on The Glimmer Twins of Rolling Stones fame (Mick Jagger and Keith Richards), without an opener or a setlist.
JJ Grey & Mofro performs at 9:30 Club on March 7, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
J Grey & Mofro delighted fans at 9:30 Club recently with two hours of Southern soul jam.
Paul Barrere of Little Feat performs at the Holmfirth Picturedome in England on Aug. 14, 2010. (Photo by Bryan Ledgard)
As part of the first wave of Southern rock, Little Feat, which, ironically, formed in Los Angeles, made all-time classic music in the early ’70s. They blended rock and blues, country and R&B, blues and folk, jazz, gospel, and soul, all with a high level of skill and a jam band sensibility. And their talents were still evident in a very good show at the Warner Theatre recently.
JJ Grey (Photo by Jay Simon)
Southern soul-rockers JJ Grey & Mofro will perform at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, March 7.
Drive-By Truckers perform at The Anthem on Feb. 8, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)
Full disclosure: The songs of Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have guided me through some of the best and hardest years of my adulthood. From the first discovery of Southern Rock Opera during my college years to the most recent American Band, I can write with confidence that their songs hold persistent meaning to me.
So, I will not be objective about the recent performance of Drive-By Truckers at The Anthem. Consider this your warning.
Drive-By Truckers (Photo courtesy Big Hassle)
Drive-By Truckers and Lucinda Williams team for a big show at The Anthem on Friday, Feb. 8!