Bandanas were back in style as Steve Earle and his backing band, The Dukes, made their way to The Birchmere Tuesday on the 30th Anniversary of Copperhead Road Tour.
The Bottle Rockets, one of the bands, along with Wilco and Son Volt, that formed out of the wake of legendary alt-country group Uncle Tupelo, performed at The Birchmere on Friday. They played a set of their own songs, then, after an intermission, returned to the stage as the backing band for singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw.
An Intimate Evening with Langhorne Slim on “The Lost at Last Tour”
Langhorne Slim gave a very intimate solo performance at The Birchmere in Alexandria on Wednesday. Rather than relying on a prepared set list for the performance, Langhorne (whose real name is Sean Scolnick) selected songs on fly and shared nostalgic stories with the audience about his time growing up Southeastern Pennsylvania, his family, recruiting bandmates, and all the influences along the way that informed his music.
When you go to a lot of concerts, you pick up on details. At James McMurtry’s recent concert, one detail I picked up on was the quality of the sound mixing. James’s sound was pristine. I’ve never heard clearer vocals at The Birchmere as I did on Monday. At times, James himself adjusted his amp to get it just right.
Mike Rutherford, who became one of the most bassists in the world thanks to his long run with progressive rock band Genesis, also performs with a project known as Mike + The Mechanics. Mike visited The Birchmere on Tuesday to play bass with a new iteration of The Mechanics on Tuesday, and Jason captured the action on the stage.
Lee Ann Womack has two identities as an artist. To casual listeners, Lee Ann is the pop country singer who had a smash mainstream hit with “I Hope You Dance.” More serious fans know Lee Ann for her more traditional country and roots music work — as the face of Spotify’s Americana Icons playlist. Playing to a packed crowd at the Birchmere on Friday, Lee Ann displayed both sides of her identity.