Photos: Tom Russell in Lafayette, Indiana

by Carl Abernathy on December 5, 2016

Tom Russell wrote “Who’s Gonna Build Your Wall” long before Donald Trump started promising folks he’d build a barrier between Mexico and the United States.

The song’s probably more relevant now than when he wrote it. Russell’s songs are like that. They’re timeless capsules of everyday folks’ struggles and glories.

Russell played “Who’s Gonna Build Your Wall” Sunday night at Duncan Hall in Lafayette. The audience loved it. He also played my favorite, “Nina Simone.” I love the song because it’s both loving and wistful. As he sang about traveling though the rain and snow, I thought about my new young friends, two sisters from Germany who’ve been busing around the United States between jobs for two years.

The sisters, Julia and Gina, have probably lost count of how many times they’ve seen Russell. They’re following him to Columbus, Ohio, before heading back to California to escape the onslaught of winter in the Midwest. The snowy mix that pelted us as we waited to get into the show Sunday was nasty enough for Julia and Gina.

Tom Russell’s witty lyrics and gentle delivery warmed everyone up. Safe travels Julia and Gina. Enjoy the show.

Thanks to Friends of Bob, a wonderful local music cooperative for booking Russell.

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Matt Woods and Adam Lee in Lafayette

by Carl Abernathy on November 19, 2016

Matt Woods and Adam Lee are two of my favorite roots musicians. I see both of them whenever I can. It’s always special when I get a chance to see them together.

Friday night’s show at GLM Live in Lafayette, Indiana, was one of my most enjoyable evenings in a long time.

Thanks, guys.

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Photos: Goddamn Gallows, Gallows Bound, Mound Builders

by Carl Abernathy on October 29, 2016

The first thing my pal Jim Voelz, the lead singer for The Mound Builders, said to me when I walked into The Spot Tavern Friday night was that he hoped I brought my earplugs.

I always do. Thank God. The Mound Builders, a sludge rock band from Lafayette, are loud. Really loud. And Jim has one of the biggest voices in rock ‘n’ roll.

I’m usually not a fan of heavy metal-oriented bands, but I like The Mound Builders. Emotion cuts through the noise when Jim sings and the band plays. Moreover, Jim’s hypnotic on stage.

Jim’s also one of the best booking agents around.

I didn’t know Gallows Bound before I saw they were on the bill, but I spent my formative years in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where the punk bluegrass band is based. I connected to their music immediately.

I hadn’t seen Goddamn Gallows for a while. Their psychobilly mesh of rock, punk and bluegrass makes them one of the most dynamic live bands I know.

The younger folks in the audience thought so, too. They started banging each other from the first piercing note. Jim, who was in front of the stage, did a heroic job keeping the young guys from flying into the band members.

I took a few pix and headed to the back of the room to enjoy the set with my cameras intact.

Great, great night. Thanks, Jim.

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Shinyribs at Lafayette Brewing Company

October 21, 2016

Richard Fudge, the president of Friends of Bob, a wonderful local music cooperative, thinks Shinyribs might be the best live band on Earth. After Shinyribs’ concert at Lafayette Brewing Co. Thursday, I don’t feel much like arguing with Richard. The show was astounding. They certainly rank with Trombone Shorty and Gogol Bordello, my other favorite […]

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Photos: Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles

October 2, 2016

I’ve been a Sarah Borges fan for almost 10 years. I reviewed “Diamonds in the Dark” when it came out in 2007, and I love the album now as much as I did then. Thanks to Friends of Bob, a wonderful local music cooperative, I finally got a chance to see the band. Great, great […]

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Photos: Dow Jones and the Industrials reunion show at the Spot Tavern in Lafayette

September 16, 2016

I rushed out of my evening seminars to catch Dow Jones and the Industrials’ reunion show at The Spot Tavern in Lafayette. I needn’t have worried. They started the show an hour and a half late. It was worth the wait, though. The Lafayette punk icons were sharp. Chris Clark, the bassist, and I go […]

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Dale Watson at The Continental Club

September 6, 2016

Before his set Monday at The Continental Club in Austin, Dale Watson worked his way through the crowd, pausing to chat with friends, old and new. On stage, he’d stop playing for a moment if he saw someone posing for a shot in front of the stage and photobomb them. There aren’t many musicians who […]

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Redd Volkaert at the Continental Club

September 4, 2016

I try to see Redd Volkaert at The Continental Club whenever I’m in Austin. There are few things I’d rather do on a Saturday afternoon.

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Photos: J.B. Beverley at People’s Brewing Co.

August 10, 2016

My relatives are from the mountains of north Georgia, but I spent my formative years looking out my bedroom window at the Appalachians in southwestern Virginia, not far from where J.B. Beverley grew up. The mountain air whisked the same old-time music – bluegrass, country and gospel (especially gospel) – straight into our souls. Beverley, […]

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Photos: The Dead Batteries in Lafayette

July 26, 2016

The Dead Batteries, a rock and blues band in the Lafayette area, are always fun. Great show at People’s Brewing.

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Photos: The Snyders at Purdue Summer Concert Series

July 20, 2016

Nice show by The Snyders, a blues-oriented family band, at the Purdue Memorial Union today. The band features Denny Snyder on guitar and vocals, Lorrie Snyder on bass and vocals, and Philip Snyder on drums.

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