Show Review: Dave Alvin, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and the Guilty Ones Rock Storytelling Night at the Birchmere

Last Thursday night, the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA was once again hopping; this time it was to the music and storytelling of career musician/guitarists Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, backed by the Guilty Ones:  Lisa Pankrantz on drums, Brad Fordham on bass and Chris Miller on guitar. Opening duo Dead Rock West freatured Cindy […]

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REVIEW: The Slocan Ramblers’ “Queen City Jubilee” is an Instant Bluegrass Classic

Toronto-based bluegrass quartet The Slocan Ramblers’ new release Queen City Jubilee (Slo Music)  is a welcome addition to the bluegrass catalogue.  Lead vocals by Frank Evans provide the traditional sounding, syncopated counterpart to his banjo playing; and with Adrian Gross on mandolin, Alastair Whitehead on bass and Darryl Poulson’s steady rhythm guitar to anchor the […]

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