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Category: Country
July 31, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Watershed weekend

Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum (pictured) and Jake Owen roll into the Gorge Amphitheatre this weekend for the Watershed Festival. Now in its third year, the country-music shindig has been sold-out for weeks on the strength of a solid lineup that includes Randy Houser, Kip Moore and Billy Currington, plus locals like “The Voice” contestant Austin…

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Comments | More in Country, Festivals | Topics: "Beachin'", Jake Owen, Lady Antelbellum

July 8, 2014 at 5:33 AM

The amazing Mary Sarah debuts with country all-stars | New recordings

Mary Sarah, ‘Bridges’ (Cleopatra)

It seems almost incomprehensible that an 18-year-old singer could earn the respect of some of country music’s biggest living legends, but Mary Sarah makes it seem like she’s known them for years on her debut album, “Bridges.”

Mary SarahDolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and a host of others lend their voices to some of their signature songs, but Mary Sarah’s big accomplishment in her 12-track debut is that she never lets her star-studded guests outshine her.

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Comments | More in Country | Topics: John Hiatt, Mary Sarah, Morrissey

May 15, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Nickel Creek keeps the fire alive | Concert preview

Nickel Creek plays the Moore Theater Saturday night.

Nickel Creek plays the Moore Theater Saturday night.

The thing about family is that there’s always unfinished business — even when it doesn’t seem like there should be.

That feels like the case with Nickel Creek, the seminal newgrass trio that hits the Moore Theater Saturday in support of “A Dotted Line,” its first album in nine years and first tour since 2007.

When Nickel Creek went on an indefinite hiatus, no one could blame Chris Thile and siblings Sara and Sean Watkins. After all, the band had been playing together since 1989, when Sara was just 8 years old and the trio was mere children growing up in sunny San Diego County.

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Comments | More in Americana, Country, Folk | Topics: moore theater, Nickel Creek

May 12, 2014 at 12:51 AM

Sarah Jarosz thrills packed Tractor | Concert review

Sarah Jarosz played the Tractor Tavern Friday night. Photo by Scott Simontacchi.

Sarah Jarosz played the Tractor Tavern Friday night. Photo by Scott Simontacchi.

If playing the last show of a month-long West Coast tour had Sarah Jarosz feeling worn out, she hid it well Friday night at the Tractor Tavern.

Jarosz was effervescent as her talented roots trio delighted the sold-out room with a choice blend of sublime bluegrass skill and Jarosz’s mature ear for songwriting. And it seems that many of Jarosz’s peers—the Grammy-nominated singer and multi-instrumentalist is just 22—were interested in seeing her play, as there were plenty of younger people to balance out the decidedly older crowd.

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| More in Americana, Country, Folk | Topics: Sarah Jarosz, Tractor Tavern

April 28, 2014 at 1:31 PM

How to throw a birthday party | Concert review

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo played a sold-out show at the Triple Door on Friday.

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo played a sold-out show at the Triple Door on Friday. Photo by Lance Mercer.

I thought my plan to have a fancy steak at the Met and drink some really expensive scotch sounded like a pretty good way to face the big 3-0 next month. Brent Amaker’s 50th birthday bash at the Triple Door on Friday, however, has me thinking I need a little less classy reserve and a little more Kraftwerk and barely-clad burlesque dancers.

How someone faces big milestones can say a lot about their personality. In his wild show that bordered on performance art, Amaker didn’t reveal new insight so much as affirm that he is as inimitable as ever as he enters his sixth decade. 

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Comments | More in Americana, Country | Topics: Brent Amaker and the rodeo, the comettes, The Triple Door

April 22, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Brent Amaker chases immortality with Android Amaker | Feature

Brent Amaker in a new photo taken for the Android Amaker project. Photo by Frank Correa.

Brent Amaker in a new photo taken for the Android Amaker project. Photo by Frank Correa.

Brent Amaker is celebrating his 50th birthday Friday with a show at the Triple Door, so forgive the country music auteur for having immortality on his mind. It’s a theme that permeates his new project, Android Amaker, a concept album and art project about a future version of Amaker that has uploaded his mind into an robotic shell.

To be fair, Amaker had the fantastic on his mind far before his encroaching birthday. He said he’s always been interested in science fiction, but it was a Time magazine cover story, “2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal,” he saw a few years ago when traveling that got his gears turning for his new project.

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Comments | More in Country, R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: brent amaker, frank correa, p smoov

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