Live Reviews

Worldwide concert reviews

Matt Andersen at the Jumping Hot Club, Newcastle

I love live music -- possibly even more than recorded music. Maybe this is because it’s always something of a lottery once you’ve paid your money. Sometimes the stars align and you witness a performance so good it can best be described as "magical". Tonight was such a night. The support slot was given over to the guitarist from local R&B band the King Bees, Michael Littlefield. As I already knew what a good guitarist he is, it would be fair to say my pulse quickened when I saw him produce a steel guitar from his carrying case. From the opening song "Sweet Home Chicago" -- done...

The Bros. Landreth Highlight AmericanaFest Showcase with Let It Lie

I was going to lead off with the full-blown Americana Music Association travel log, but there is some breaking news out of Nashville that supersedes today’s top stories. The AMA showcases are a stumble of luck at times and Friday night was a roll of the dice that came up with winners. Of the 10 clubs hosting 48 different musical acts, the pick was based around seeing Jamestown Revival at the Mercy Lounge. My partner in crime Dale Elwell and I were all in to see Joe Purdy, Black Prairie, and Green River Ordinance, who were also...

Steve Winwood and Tom Petty - West Palm Beach, FL (September 20, 2014)

Saturday night I had tickets to go see Steve Winwood and Tom Petty, and what a show. I have seen Pettty on TV before and knew a few of his tunes -- "Won't Back Down" and, of course, "Americaan Girl" -- but before the show Saturday I couldn't tell anyone the title of a Steve Winwood song. I just wasn't familiar with any of his material, or what he had done in his music career. (I didn't know he was in Traffic.) This is one of the reasons I love going to see big names., If I haven't heard any of their material, they'll either get me to want more, or they wont. Or, if I have listened...

Calico Shines at Release Party in L.A. with Melancon & Jennings Along for the Ride

They were joined by up and coming Americana singer-songwriter Rod Melancon and country roots solo artist Shooter Jennings, both based in L.A. The showcase was for the band’s family of supporters with their debut album, Rancho California, released on their own California Country Music label. It was a night that called to mind L.A.’s storied past when clubs like the Palomino hosted the best in country music.  Each act reveled in its own glorious full-tilt, rough-and-ready performance chops, delivering high octane sets with passion....