Music Park: Steve Earle and The Dukes @ The Birchmere — 4/3/18

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Steve Earle performs live at The Speigeltent, Wexford, Ireland, on Oct. 24, 2015. (Photo by Sean Rowe)

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.

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Don’t Miss: Steve Earle and The Dukes @ The Birchmere, 4/3/18

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Steve Earle (Photo by Chad Batka)

Country rocker Steve Earle celebrates the 30th anniversary of Copperhead Road, his third studio album, with a tour that stops at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, tonight, April 3!

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Music Park: Bottle Rockets @ The Birchmere — 3/30/18

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Bottle Rockets perform at Euclid Records in their hometown of Saint Louis, Missouri, on April 16, 2011. (Photo by Phil Roussin)

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.

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Snapshots: Langhorne Slim @ The Birchmere — 3/28/18

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Langhorne Slim performs at The Birchmere on March 28, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

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.

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Music Park: James McMurtry @ The Birchmere — 3/26/18

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James McMurtry performs at The Garage in London on Feb. 8, 2017. (Photo by Goggins World)

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.

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Snapshots: Mike + The Mechanics @ The Birchmere — 3/27/18

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The legendary Mike Rutherford performs with Mike + The Mechanics at The Birchmere on March 27, 2018. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

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.

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Music Park: Lee Ann Womack @ The Birchmere — 3/23/18

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Lee Ann Womack (Photo by Ebru Yildiz)

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.

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