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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Show Review: Life on the Road: Sarah Shook & the Disarmers and The National Reserve Rev Up Their Engines at the Ardmore Music Hall

photos by Jimmy Faber Watching The National Reserve and Sarah Shook & the Disarmers play back-to-back at the Ardmore Music Hall last Saturday night, I realized that I was witnessing two nascent Americana bands literally headed in opposite directions. Shook & Co. were on their last stop of a four-shows-in-four-nights East coast mini-tour, having been […]

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Show Review: Todd Snider Sold Out Show at OKC’s Tower Theatre with Canine Sidekick and Kevin Gordon

  Todd Snider sells himself a bit short if you ask me. He’s far more than just an “Allright Guy”. Equal parts folksinger, storyteller and rambler, Snider is a veteran traveler. He’s an artist that manages to appeal to a wide section of Americana fans regardless of the boundaries usually set by age, status, interests […]

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