Show Review: 20 Years After “A Gravel Road,” Lucinda Williams and Buick 6 Put On Memorable Performance at the Beacon Theatre with Special Guests

photos by Kevin Gillingham I have a bit of a love/hate relationship when a band announces that they’ll be playing an album in its entirety for a full tour. At least half of the set list is automatically predictable, and if the album has some duds—well, you’re in for the whole ride (or at least […]

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REVIEW: The Mavericks “Hey! Merry Christmas!” Delivers New Christmas Songs with a Timeless Feel

Look, I get it—there’s still about three weeks until Thanksgiving, so you might be wondering why Christmas albums are already popping up, often full of covers of traditional Christmas songs that you’ve heard one way or another year after year. Thankfully, The Mavericks’ Hey! Merry Christmas! (Mono Mundo Recordings) delivers eight Christmas originals, with two […]

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REVIEW: Roland White and Friends’ “A Tribute to the Kentucky Colonels” Revisits Cornerstone of Bluegrass Classics

For most bluegrass enthusiasts, Roland White is considered a living legend and a virtuoso on the mandolin. His work with the Kentucky Colonels, featuring his brothers Clarence and Eric Jr., brought bluegrass to the forefront of the American folk revival of the 1960s. If you’re a novice and newcomer to bluegrass like me, Roland White […]

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