Cult-icon country and Americana artist Robert Earl Keen came to Alexandria’s Birchmere Thursday night.
Touring behind their new album, From Downey to Lubbock — currently #1 on the Billboard Blues chart — Americana icons Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore performed Thursday night in front of a packed audience at Alexandria’s Birchmere.
Joachim Cooder opened for his father, Ry, at The Birchmere on Monday, the second of two tour dates at the venue. Joachim recently released his debut EP as a solo performer, Fuchsia Machu Picchu, but at only 39 years old, he has nearly 25 years of experience as a professional. He’s played drums in his father’s band since his teens, and worked with his dad his to score a Wim Wenders film.
In a study of darkness and light, queen of Austin country Kelly Willis shared a double bill with Chris Knight at The Birchmere on Friday.
On June 1, Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore released Downey to Lubbock, a collaborative album that serves as a love letter to the American West, via Yep Roc Records. Dave and Jimmie have embarked on a tour together, and they perform locally at The Birchmere on Thursday, June 14.
Kelly Willis has a new rockabilly-flavored album, Back Being Blue, released in May via Premium Records/Thirty Tigers. Chris Knight last released Little Victories via Drifter’s Church in 2012. The two team up for a double-blast of Americana at The Birchmere on Friday, June. 8.
Legendary roots musician Ry Cooder has a son who also is a very talented musician. Joachim Cooder, who released his first proper EP, Fuchsia Machu Picchu, on March 30, will open for his legendary father, and then he play drums in his dad’s band, at The Birchmere on Monday, June 4, and Monday, June 11. The first date has sold out, but tix remain for June 11.