Preview: Amanda Shires @ Sixth & I, 2/16/20

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Amanda Shires (Photo courtesy the artist)

Singer-songwriter Amanda Shires performs at Sixth & I on Sunday, Feb. 16, on her Atmosphereless Tour. Act fast to grab some of the general admission tickets remaining!

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Live Review: Hawktail @ Songbyrd Music House — 2/7/20

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Hawktail (Photo by Jody March)

String band music is often equated, at least in contemporary America, with bluegrass, but this is far from the whole story. Bluegrass only emerged in the 1930s (at the earliest), while string music is much, much older. The term “old-time” is used to describe music with even deeper roots in the 19th century (and sometimes even further back in history). It is old-time music, with its connection to the more distant past and world folk music, that the instrumental quartet Hawktail plays.

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Live Review: Erin Rae @ Songbyrd Music House — 2/4/20

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Erin Rae performs at Songbyrd Music House on Feb. 4, 2020. (Photo by Casey Vock)

Some musicians are taken off guard playing downstairs for the first time at Songbyrd Music House, a narrow room with low ceilings and a small stage dubbed the “Byrd Cage,” kind of like the old tavern venue in your college town.

But on Feb. 4, Erin Rae took the stage as a confident, beaming guitarslinger with a bright smile and a charisma that magnetized the audience’s attention while she carefully double-checked the tuning on her instrument.

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Snapshots: The Wood Brothers @ Rams Head Live — 1/29/20

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The Wood Brothers perform at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Jan. 29, 2020. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

The Wood Brothers kicked off the first leg of their Kingdom in My Mind tour recently with a solid performance at Baltimore’s Rams Head Live. The Jan. 29 show came on the heals of the trio’s newest album release, Kingdom in My Mind, which dropped on Jan. 24, via Honey Jar/Thirty Tigers.

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