Chuck Mead (Photo by Joshua Moon Wilkins)
In the ’90s through the mid ’00s, Chuck Mead led the (alt-)country band BR5-49, which placed several albums into the country charts, despite minimal radio airplay. Following the band’s hiatus, Chuck became the musical director for the Broadway show Million Dollar Quartet and its TV spin-off, Sun Records. Chuck has also released four solo records including, just this June, Close to Home.
This coming Tuesday, July 23, Chuck will appear in the Cosmic Honky Tonky Revue at The Hamilton Live with Jason Ringenberg and Jim Lauderdale. Mark Engleson of Parklife DC caught up with him before the show.
Jason Ringenberg (Photo courtesy Michael J. Media Group LLC)
Can’t make it to Nashville’s Broadway to enjoy a good night of honk tonks? That’s OK because three very talented musicians — Chuck Mead, Jim Lauderdale, and Jason Ringenberg — are bringing their Cosmic Honky Tonk Revue to us in DC at The Hamilton Live on Tuesday, July 23!
Will Scheff fronts Okkervil River at The Hamilton Live on July 15, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
A reverent crowd sat in hushed admiration for the songs composed by Okkervil River founder and frontman Will Scheff, who praised The Hamilton Live for its feeling of openness and its listening room environment, during a recent stop on the band’s Rarities & Requests Tour.
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band with Rev’s Cadillac (Photo courtesy the band)
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band released Poor Until Payday, the band’s ninth studio album, last fall, and the trio has been on the road ever since. The Reverend and his bandmates perform at The Hamilton Live on Sunday, July 21, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC!
Will Hoge (Photo courtesy the artist)
Will Hoge delivered a rock ’n’ roll gut punch to The Hamilton Live recently. Putting on a dynamic performance as the second half of double bill with the Band of Heathens, Will expressed his frustrations as an American, a Southerner, and a progressive in a politically charged set.
John McEuen (Photo by Alan Nahigian)
John McEuen, along with the String Wizards, performed an enchanting night of songs and stories at The Hamilton Live recently. McEuen, who I interviewed last year, was a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1966, and he played with the band for the better part of the next 50 years. Over the course of the evening, John shared stories from his time with the legendary, beginning with its roots as a jug band.
Chris Smither (Photo courtesy the artist)
It’s amazing what one man, with one acoustic guitar, sitting in a chair onstage, can do. What his facial expressions and gestures can add to his songs. How he can intoxicate you with just a glass of the dry wine of his wit. Seasoned musician Chris Smither injects so much life and so much humor into his live performance, yet with such understated taste. He did so much at The Hamilton Live recently.