Photos: Matt Woods and Adam Lee

by Carl Abernathy on February 14, 2018

Matt Woods’ voice always takes me back to the mountains of my childhood in the South. Adam Lee’s deep bass voice takes me back, too, reminding me of the old Tennessee Ernie Ford records I listened to in the mid-’60s with my grandmother.

I don’t have any better memories. And I don’t know of many performers I’d rather spend an evening with than Matt and Adam.

Great show at People’s Brewing in Lafayette Tuesday night.

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Shadwick Wilde and Quiet Hollers

by Carl Abernathy on February 10, 2018

Shadwick Wilde’s 2010 solo debut, “Unforgivable Things,” includes two of my favorite songs: “Girls Like You” and “Kentucky Tobacco.” “Girls Like You” is an alt-country rocker. Shadwick crawls through “Kentucky Tobacco.” But both are filled with angst, a man longing for a woman.

The first album by Quiet Hollers, Shadwick’s Louisville-based band, delved deeper into Americana. It’s beautiful, especially “Their Dark Robes.”

Quiet Hollers has shifted away from Americana and alt-country a little since then. Now, the tunes flirt more with jangly pop, but Shadwick’s voice, slightly craggy, always earnest and emotional, still dominates the songs.

Friday night at the Knickerbocker Saloon in Lafayette, Shadwick and Quiet Hollers played a lot of songs from from the band’s latest album, “Amen Breaks.” The tunes are still beautiful – alternating between hope and despair – but the instrumentals have more bite, more bounce, than they did when the band started.

The sad ballads still make me want to cry. Then Shadwick and the band hit the hyperspeed switch and I can’t help but smile.

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Photos: Adrian + Meredith at People’s Brewing

by Carl Abernathy on February 7, 2018

The last time I saw Adrian + Meredith (Adrian and Meredith Krygowski), they opened for The Urban Pioneers as a duo.

Tuesday night at People’s Brewing in Lafayette, Indiana, they brought a full band, which added layers of beauty and commotion to their rootsy rock ‘n’ roll. Adrian + Meredith start with rock and add old-school country, bluegrass, gypsy jazz, classical music, swing, polka, punk and lots of attitude.

It’s music that would be perfect for your Mardi Gras party, your Dingus Day shenanigans, your wedding reception or your divorce celebration. You decide. Just prepare for a raucous ride.

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Open mic night at Digby’s

January 26, 2018

Went to Digby’s in Lafayette tonight for my first open mic night in decades. Had a lot of fun. There are some talented musicians in town. Some photos:

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VOLK heats up Lafayette

January 17, 2018

Temperatures hovered near zero in Lafayette Tuesday night. It didn’t take long for Chris Lowe and Eleot Reich of VOLK to start heating things up. They started their set at People’s Brewing Co. with a sexy simmer, shimmying through old-school country, Western swing and spaghetti western tunes. Then, midway through a song, Lowe started burning […]

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Jeff Shepherd in Lafayette

January 10, 2018

Jeff Shepherd embodies the spirit of country legends of days gone by. His songs are sweet, reflective, heartbreaking. And they never fail to move me. Tuesday his show at People’s Brewing seemed even more poignant. His voice quivered just a bit more with every painful lyric. His voice tiptoed softly through landmines of romantic battlefields. […]

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Fergus Daly Band

December 20, 2017

The Fergus Daly Band is big-time in Lafayette. They should be everywhere. Some photos from tonight’s show at People’s Brewing.

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Joe Buck Yourself at People’s Brewing

December 13, 2017

Joe Buck Yourself is a one-man musical bomb. His notes all blend into a collection of sonic blasts. His lyrics also explode in your ears. When he’s not assaulting the audience with his music, though, he’s one of the sweetest performers I’ve seen. I’ve never heard a performer thank the crowd so many times. Great […]

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Kyle Bledsoe at People’s Brewing

December 6, 2017

Kyle Bledsoe’s fingers dance when he plays guitar. The Indianapolis-based bluesman can work a crowd into a frenzy all by himself. Armed only with an acoustic guitar and an array of pedals, he shimmied through a series of frenetic blues covers and originals Tuesday at People’s Brewing Co. in Lafayette. He can sway, too; his […]

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Chandler Travis Philharmonic Orchestra in Lafayette

November 18, 2017

The Chandler Travis Philharmonic Orchestra feeds off of pageantry and the absurd. But every member of the band is serious about rock ‘n’ roll. Great, great show at Carnahan Hall in Lafayette Friday night. Thanks to Friends of Bob, a wonderful music cooperative, for bringing them back to town after 13 years. Some photos:

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Photos: The Revelers in Lafayette, Indiana

November 10, 2017

Thursday night, the temps started racing toward the teens and the thermostat in my house went out. Thank God The Revelers blew in from Lafayette, Louisiana, to Lafayette, Indiana, on a warm breeze of Cajun music, zydeco, swamp pop and blues. It’s always a pleasure to see them. Thanks to Friends of Bob, a wonderful […]

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