Photos: Purdue Jazz Fest 2017

January 21, 2017

I always enjoy listening to the high school bands at the Purdue Jazz Festival. This year, I also heard Arturo and Adam O’Farrill, the Purdue Jazz Band, Tim Coffman, Ingrid Jensen and David Bixler. Great morning.

Read the full article →

Woody Pines at the Knickerbocker Saloon

January 21, 2017

Woody Pines brought his old-timey magic to the Knickerbocker Saloon Saturday night. Great, great show. Some pix:

Read the full article →

Photos: Tom Russell in Lafayette, Indiana

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 […]

Read the full article →

Matt Woods and Adam Lee in Lafayette

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. Some […]

Read the full article →

Photos: Goddamn Gallows, Gallows Bound, Mound Builders

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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.

Read the full article →

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, […]

Read the full article →