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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REVIEW: Gene Clark, Still Younger Than Yesterday: “Gene Clark Sings For You” & “The Rose Garden Collection”

Sometimes it feels like Gene Clark never really left us. The discovery and periodic releases of the former Byrd’s solo recordings have graced us over the past few decades. As time has passed, his inestimable multi-generational influence becomes more apparent spanning folk and country rock, rock stalwarts like Tom Petty and R.E.M., and a new […]

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