Ayleen O’Hanlon and Rich Davies – Live
Nov02

Ayleen O’Hanlon and Rich Davies – Live

  By Rob Dickens and Jim Jacob House Concerts are taking off, big time. In the USA, they have become highly popular and lucrative for artists.  When I was at the Americana Festival and Conference in Nashville in September this year, I met a lot of people for the first time, largely due to the forthcoming Cayamo and Outlaw Country music cruises that we will be enjoying together.  Of those to whom I was introduced, I was taken...

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Prime Prine Live!
Oct08

Prime Prine Live!

  Originally published on addictedtonoise.com.au   John Prine at The Station Inn – Americana Music Festival Conference 2016 This was on the Thursday night at Nashville’s AmericanaFest where attractive shows were calling out everywhere. Frankly, the choices were ridiculous – try these on for size – Billy Bragg and Joe Henry (Union Station), Jimmy LaFave, Bobby Rush and Caleb Caudle (The High Watt), Anne...

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Todd Snider’s East Nashville Revue Live – North Carolina
Sep21

Todd Snider’s East Nashville Revue Live – North Carolina

  Originally published on addictedtonoise.com.au Todd Snider’s East Nashville Revue Pisgah Brewery, Black Mountain North Carolina This is a brilliantly simple concept.  A group of musician friends who all live in hip East Nashville jump on a bus together and go on a tour, play some songs as separate performers and then all jam together as the finale. Todd Snider is the ring-leader and his bussing friends are Elizabeth Cook, Kevin...

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Chris Stapleton Live – Kentucky
Sep21

Chris Stapleton Live – Kentucky

  Originally published on addictedtonoise.com.au Chris Stapleton Waterfront Park Louisville Kentucky 9 September 201 Chris Stapleton has had an unusual but increasingly successful career. He was raised in Paintsville, Kentucky, his father a coal miner.  Moving to Nashville in 2001 to pursue a music career, he became the lead singer (and guitarist) of the edgy bluegrass outfit The SteelDrivers from 2008 to 2010 (the group was...

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Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley Live
Sep18

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley Live

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley Live at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum Farm and Fun Time Radio Bristol 15 September 2016 Bristol VA/TN Rob Ickes (rhymes with bikes) is one of the best dobro players in the world, no question.  Don’t take my word for it.  The pre-eminent bluegrass organisation, the IBMA, has awarded him Dobro Player of the Year an astonishing fifteen times – he is, in fact, the most IBMA-awarded musician...

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J Wagner in the House
Sep04

J Wagner in the House

29 August 2016 Fayetteville Arkansas The day after a four-day music festival has a lot going for it.  It’s like peacefully bathing in a ray of sunshine. Today was Monday and it was not going to be rushed or raucous. Dawn and I went out for brunch (Arsaga’s Church and Centre – recommended!) and I spent quite some time at the Public Library, writing and travel organising.  That was followed by a short trip to Mount...

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