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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Mick Thomas – Red Hill 3 June 2016
Jun27

Mick Thomas – Red Hill 3 June 2016

  Originally published on addictedtonoise.com.au Music on the Hill (MOTH) is a little gem of a venue.  Held monthly at the Red Hill Cricket Club rooms, it showcases Australian performers in an intimate setting, where the locals know how to respect the music. While waiting in line for the doors to open, we were able to watch some boys going through their footy drills in dim light on the adjacent oval.  A perfect setting (which was...

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Eric Burdon & the Animals – Live! May 2016
May26

Eric Burdon & the Animals – Live! May 2016

  Originally published on addictedtonoise.com.au   Eric Burdon and the Animals – 18 May 2016 Palais Theatre Melbourne Australia This, dear reader, has been a long time coming. The first album I fell in love with was the Mickie Most-produced 1966 compilation The Most of the Animals (owned by an elder brother).  Featuring songs by John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, Jimmy Reed, Sam Cooke and a host of originals, it was my...

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The Decemberists’ Beautiful World
Apr08

The Decemberists’ Beautiful World

The Decemberists – Hamer Hall Melbourne Australia 29 March 2016   Perfect acoustics. That’s my number one wish, once I’ve forked out the cash for a live show.  I can put up with lousy seats (or the lack of them), poor vantage points, people talking (well, almost!), short shows, costly admission and lack of artists’ communication on stage. A few days before at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall, I had witnessed Calexico and was disappointed...

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