Preview: Todd Snider @ Rams Head on Stage, 3/1/20

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Todd Snider (Photo courtesy Absolute Publicity)

Folk singer Todd Snider had a busy year in 2019! Early in the year, he released Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3, a new album, and later in the year, he published East Nashville Skyline (the “wittiest and feistiest album of his career,” Pitchfork says) on vinyl.

What’s to do no except the touring? And tour Todd does with a show at Rams Head on Stage on Sunday, March 1.

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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: Drew and Ellie Holcomb @ The Birchmere — 2/20/20

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Drew Holcomb (Photo by Ashtin Paige)

Drew and Ellie Holcomb’s recent show at The Birchmere began with a pleasant surprise. The show had been billed as “An Evening with Drew and Ellie Holcomb,” leading me to expect a duo performance. When they took the stage, they were accompanied by Drew’s band, The Neighbors.

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Live Review: Amanda Shires @ Sixth & I — 2/16/20

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Amanda Shires performs at Sixth & I, Feb. 16, 2020. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Amanda Shires’ Atmostphereless Tour rolled through DC recently for a sold-out show at Sixth & I in Chinatown. The self-described “singing, songwriting, fiddle-playing Texan” performed songs from her catalog of seven solo LPs and from The Highwomen, the all-female country supergroup she formed in 2019 with Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, and Maren Morris.

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Live Review: Southern Avenue @ 9:30 Club — 2/15/20

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Southern Avenue (Photo by David McClister)

The sound of Memphis blues and soul shook the 9:30 Club recently when Southern Avenue opened for Galactic on the latter’s 25th anniversary tour. While the band takes its name from a street that runs from the east side to the “Soulsville” section of the city (the original home of the legendary label Stax Record), it has international origins.

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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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