Archive for the ‘Concert Reviews’ Category

Bobby Long – Live at 3rd and Lindsley

Bobby Long – Live at 3rd and Lindsley

On November 17, 3rd and Lindsley welcomed Bobby Long – this time without his band.  As much as I enjoy hearing him play with a full band, I became acquainted with his music when it was just Bobby and a guitar, so there’s a special place in my heart for his acoustic sound. Bobby Long’s […]

Jabe Beyer at 3rd and Lindsley – November 17

Jabe Beyer at 3rd and Lindsley – November 17

It’s happened again.  I attended a show and found an opener that blew me away.  At 3rd and Lindsley on November 17, Jabe Beyer warmed the stage for Bobby Long and found a new fan in me.  I was embarrassed to admit that I’d never heard of him, and I’m even more embarrassed now that […]

Live Review: Other Voices — Irish Music and Literature (Le Poisson Rouge, NYC)

Live Review: Other Voices — Irish Music and Literature (Le Poisson Rouge, NYC)

By Jacob Blickenstaff (All photos c.2011, Jacob Blickenstaff) On October 27 and 28, Irish music series Other Voices marked its ten-year anniversary with two sold-out shows at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge. The three-hour-plus program featured an interwoven lineup of Irish and American musicians as well as several notable Irish writers. The program featured Glen […]

Swear and Shake – September 29, Music City Bar and Grill

Swear and Shake – September 29, Music City Bar and Grill

Sometimes I get to see a band performing live and I wonder, “Do they even know?  Can they feel that magic they’re making, or are they just hoping they don’t mess up?”  I’m not talking about smoke and mirrors magic either.  I’m talking about real magic – the kind that earns a letter to Hogwarts […]

Heather Bond Trio Blows My Mind – August 13, 3rd and Lindsley

Heather Bond Trio Blows My Mind – August 13, 3rd and Lindsley

It’s not often that a warm-up act really blows my mind, so when they do, I know they’re special.  When I went to see Lee MacDougall at 3rd and Lindsley on August 13, the Heather Bond Trio became the latest in a very short line of mindblowers.  I was skeptical when they took the stage, […]

A Night with Buffalo Clover (and Others) – August 20, The Basement

A Night with Buffalo Clover (and Others) – August 20, The Basement

It’s always a pleasure to see some live music in Nashville, but it’s especially brilliant when every act that takes the stage is entertaining and magnetic.  The night I went to see Buffalo Clover at The Basement, I experienced one of those rare nights–when everything came together and the bands warming the stage were stellar, […]

Lee MacDougall Brings It – Live at 3rd and Lindsley, August 15

Lee MacDougall Brings It – Live at 3rd and Lindsley, August 15

It’s not unusual to hear an artist nail it on an EP or LP but fumble when performing live.  Lee MacDougall is NOT one of these artists.  From the moment he opened his mouth on the stage at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville, he gave us the very same vocals, dynamics, range, and wit that […]

Robert Ellis’ Brief Stop in Nashville

Robert Ellis’ Brief Stop in Nashville

Robert Ellis’ debut album with New West Records, Photographs, is armed to the teeth with sweet pedal steel, twangy solos and cheatin’ lyrics. Most of the record sounds like a barefaced tribute to Tootsie’s on Broadway. So you’d think that on his schedule of tour dates, Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN would have a special […]

A Conversation about Mumford and Sons—June 5, 2011, The Pageant Saint Louis, MO

A Conversation about Mumford and Sons—June 5, 2011, The Pageant Saint Louis, MO

I get by with a little help from my friend, Sarah, who knows more about Mumford and Sons than I ever will.  She started the conversation, and I just ran with it. Sarah: When The Pageant announced in March that Mumford and Sons would be playing a show in Saint Louis in June, obtaining a […]

A Bittersweet Showing: Big Head Todd and the Monsters (The Uptown Theatre, Napa)

A Bittersweet Showing: Big Head Todd and the Monsters (The Uptown Theatre, Napa)

Big Head Todd and the Monsters played a gig at The Uptown Theatre in Napa on Friday night and it could have been an amazing show. It could have been, but it wasn’t. It’s not because they have lost a step. They haven’t, not even close. Frontman Todd Park Mohr still plays a mean, bluesy, […]

A Night with Sam Bradley – 3rd and Lindsley, June 3

A Night with Sam Bradley – 3rd and Lindsley, June 3

I’ve had the pleasure of attending several Sam Bradley shows over the past two years.  He’s usually accompanied only by his acoustic guitar, but he’s never failed to entertain.  I expected something similar when I arrived at 3rd and Lindsley on June 3, but that wasn’t what I got.  After the supporting act, Holly Conlon […]

Live Review: Yelle @ Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

Live Review: Yelle @ Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

By Geneva Toddy ATLANTA, GA — Yelle graced the stage of Atlanta’s Masquerade with the promise of giving the best show possible. They certainly did not disappoint. Originally from France, Yelle brought its electro-pop style to America with nothing lost in translation. The band sings in French, which would lead you to believe that anything […]

Live Review: Amos Lee – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA

Live Review: Amos Lee – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA

In horn-rimmed glasses and a scruffy beard, Amos Lee looked more like the “cool” young English professor you had in college than a singer-songwriter with a number one album, Mission Bell. The academic look was fitting, actually, because on a recent Saturday night at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA, Lee gave a master class in […]

Jason & The Punknecks, The Cheatin Hearts, The Dry County Drinkers, They Who Cannot (or Won’t) Be Named — April 23rd @ The Distillery Sacramento, CA

Jason & The Punknecks, The Cheatin Hearts, The Dry County Drinkers, They Who Cannot (or Won’t) Be Named — April 23rd @ The Distillery Sacramento, CA

I don’t know what the state of independent live music, dear reader, is like where you live. I’m pretty familiar, though, with the sad shape it’s in here on the West Coast. I could (and at some point I probably will) write a lengthy article in the pursuit of deciphering why audiences, pay, and respect […]