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

by Carl Abernathy on 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, who played a solo set at People’s Brewing in Lafayette Tuesday night, carries on the legacy of those musicians – those woulda-coulda-shoulda-been legends – about as well as anyone I know.

His set included some covers, of course, ranging from Dylan and Dave Van Ronk to Mike Cooley and the Rolling Stones. There was plenty of old-time bluegrass, some blues and classic country, too. But his own songs, both mournful and joyful, were the ones I’ll remember. Memorable stories all. Gateways to my youth spent gazing at the mountains.

Nice opening set by Andy Manes, too.

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Photos: The Dead Batteries in Lafayette

by Carl Abernathy on 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

by Carl Abernathy on 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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Photos: Ford Theatre Reunion at People’s Brewing

July 5, 2016

Ford Theatre Reunion will shake your bones and rattle your soul. The band from Lexington, Kentucky, is certainly a lot of fun. They remind me a bit of Gogol Bordello (my favorite live act) filtered through the South rather than Europe. Ford Theatre Reunion’s set was one of my favorite shows at People’s Brewing, which […]

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Photos: The Matchsellers

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Nice set by The Matchsellers, a bluegrass-oriented duo featuring Julie Bates and Andrew Morris, at People’s Brewing Co. in Lafayette tonight. Fun set by Stephen Lee, too.

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Photos: Rick Barton and Continental

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I closed my eyes for a moment tonight as I listened to Rick Barton and Continental and my mind wandered back to all the great rock ‘n’ roll shows I heard in the ’70s and ’80s. Graham Parker, Nick Lowe, David Bowie, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen … even The Ramones. Don’t get me wrong, Continental […]

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Photos: The Dead Soldiers at People’s Brewing

June 1, 2016

Two weeks ago at the 2016 Muddy Roots Spring Weekender in Nashville, Indiana, The Dead Soldiers’ set was one of the highlights of the weekend … even though they played only a few songs. They didn’t know that part of Indiana is on Eastern time and traffic was heavy. As a result, they arrived late […]

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Doug Duffey and The Louisiana Soul Revival

May 28, 2016

I don’t remember how I discovered Doug Duffey, a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame. Probably a college pal from Louisiana who clued me in. I do know I’ve been a fan for almost 30 years. I’d planned to spend a quiet Friday evening at home with […]

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Photos: Gold Hope Duo in Lafayette

May 25, 2016

Wow. It’s been a great three weeks of music, especially roots music, so far. I’ve seen: • Marshall Crenshaw • The Bottle Rockets • Mavis Staples • Royal Southern Brotherhood • The Paulin Brothers • Terrance Simien • Henry Gray • The Cash Box Kings • Bernard Allison • Fritzel’s Jazz Band • Brother Tyrone […]

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Photos: 2016 Muddy Roots Spring Weekender

May 23, 2016

Posted some words and photos about the 2016 Muddy Roots Spring Weekender in Nashville, Tennessee, on my Exposure site. Muddy Roots Spring Weekender by Carl Abernathy on Exposure

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Photos: New Orleans Jazz Fest recap

May 6, 2016

I posted on my Exposure page a few words and a bunch of photos from the second weekend of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. New Orleans Jazz Fest by Carl Abernathy on Exposure

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