Show Review: Blackberry Smoke at the Ryman with Will Hoge

Opening for Blackberry Smoke at the famous Ryman Auditorium this past Saturday, February 23rd, Will Hoge shared his stories and songs to a hometown crowd. He admits,“I maybe shouldn’t say such things so publicly, but back when I used to come to shows here at the Ryman, the good folk’s who worked here at the […]

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Show Review: The BB King of Americana: BJ Barham at OKC’s Blue Door

There’s just something in BJ Barham’s songwriting that resonates with me deeper than just about any other songwriter in recent memory. My first review for Americana Highways was an American Aquarium show last year. (That review can be found here: https://americanahighways.org/2018/05/28/show-review-american-aquarium/ ) When I walked into the venue that night, I had zero knowledge of […]

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Show Review: James McMurtry Burned All Night at the Birchmere With Bonnie Whitmore

photos by Glenn Cook James McMurtry was one of the most important lessons I learned in graduate school.  Having arrived in Boston, fresh from the revelatory oasis of my UC Berkeley undergraduate years, I was pretty certain the world had shown me what it could.  Intellectual prowess, philosophical abandon, and mindful debauchery had been fused into a fledgling, yet purposeful, identity. […]

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Song Premiere: Andrew Leahey’s “Flyover Country” From Upcoming “Airwaves” Album

Americana Highways presents this debut of Andrew Leahey and the Homestead’s “Flyover Country” from his forthcoming album Airwaves, available on March 1st.  The song was was written by Andrew Leahey, and features Leahey on guitar, lead vocals, backing vocals; Phil Heesen III on guitar, keys, and backing vocals; Jon Radfordon drums and Jon Estes on […]

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REVIEW: Better Oblivion Community Center’s Self Titled Release Succeeds on So Many Levels

I am always wary of what can happen when high profile artists decide to join forces as a super group, super duo, or super superwhatever-you-want-to-call-it.  Sometimes the result is magnificent and impactful while sometimes, it more often than not turns out to be instantly forgettable and mercifully short lived. So, which one does Better Oblivion […]

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