Bootsy Collins Funks the Halls

Bootsy Collins Photos and Review

At Music City Roots you got what you needed

Featuring Bill Mize, Annabelle’s Curse, Michael Super Granda, Langhorne Slim, and Paul McDonald.

Ludacris at Bonnaroo 2012

Concert photos and review of Ludacris at Bonnaroo 2012.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Elephant Revival packs Old Rock House in St. Louis

I was lucky enough to see Elephant Revival with special guests, Smokey & The Mirror on April 4 at the Old Rock House in St. Louis, MO.

And what a night it was!

I’ve seen numerous husband and wife duos in my time, especially in the folk scene. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this duo. Bernice and Bryan Hembree have so much chemistry and musical talent it’s ridiculous. It’s the perfect complement of a female and male vocal. She has the soothing, higher pitched voice and his, is that of a weary traveler. His vocals really nail that americana, folky, “I’ve been traveling this long road for a while” style voice. Much of their music made me imagine days of the past, when people still got around by horseback. Not entirely like an old west image, but just that weary traveler, wherever he is roaming. Their set was solid and just really, really good!
Elephant Revival needs no explanation. Their following is continually growing more and more. The first time I saw this wonderful band, was at the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion in Bristol, TN/VA. I was photographing the festival and just heard this amazing female vocalist. I had never heard a voice like this and had to track them down. I found them and was just mesmerized. They truly are an amazing band. The chemistry these five share is unprecedented. The band is made up of Sage Cook, Bridget Law, Bonnie Paine, Daniel Rodriguez and Dango Rose. Each share in singing and writing songs. Which makes it even more better to be a fan of the music. You can see them play off of each other and it just works. On this night in St. Louis, I was surprised to see how much better they were than the last time I saw them in Bristol. I mean, holy smokes, these musicians are extremely tight. The best description would be, they just mesh together. All their sound intertwine with one another and produce this beautiful sound. It’s haunting, it’s exciting, it’s just absolutely beautiful. I’m still torn on what genre you’d put them in. There are hints of alt-country, folk, rock and this crazy vibe of gypsies. If you were lucky enough to see them this past time at the Old Rock House, you realize how great this show was. If you missed it, I really hope you can catch them next time. This is the band you don’t want to miss. Even if you don’t like any of those genres I just mentioned, their music will entrap you and make you feel at ease with yourself and the world surrounding you.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Space, Westbury NY

Images and article by Bill Kelly

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and his band, Orleans Avenue, knocked down the house with a rollicking good show at Long Island's newest concert venue, The Space at Westbury.  Funk, jazz, blues and James Brown covers, Shorty and company brought their stew of New Orleans sound to a packed house of appreciative fans.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Franklin Theatre Hosts Concert for Local Wounded Heroes

By Butch Worrell
     Nashville, TN

 The Joshua Chamberlain Society held a benefit concert for the fallen and wounded military heroes featuring The McCrary Sisters, Scott MacIntyre, Yates and Kevin McKendree, Hillbilly Renegades, Toni Staples, Jacob’s Ladder, and the Stray Dawgs of Nashville.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mac McAnally at the Franklin Theatre

By Butch Worrell
     Nashville, TN

 Mac McAnally displays his talent to a sold out Franklin Theatre.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Great Balls of Fire!!! Leon rocks the Franklin!!

By Butch Worrell  
     Nashville, TN

 Leon Russell may be pushing 74 and has to walk to his piano with a cane, but when he begins to play and sing he puts to shame the twentysomething Rockers.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon Theater

The Road Doesn’t Go On Forever....
Images and article by Bill Kelly

Bittersweet can best describe the feeling evoked by Friday night’s sold out show at the Beacon, the fifth of fourteen sold out evenings of the bands final Beacon run.  An almost unbroken run (let’s not get into the whole Dolan/Circus thing) since 1989, over 200 shows that have become as much a harbinger of spring in New York as March Madness and crocuses blooming in Central Park a few blocks east of the theater.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Johnny Cash Museum hosts a Birthday bash for Johnny

By Butch Worrell
     Nashville, TN

 Bill and Shannon Miller recently hosted a Birthday Bash in honor of Johnny’s birthday at the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville. For 2 nights family and friends (see the program for a list) of Johnny rocked out with Cash tunes and songs he loved.
A special treat was a guest that had appeared twice on his Johnny Cash TV show, Melanie Safka of Woodstock fame. Accompanied by her son and daughter (Leilah Hayman, a rising performer/artist herself), she demonstrated that the vocal qualities that made her a star were still there! Thanks Bill and Shannon for a real good time!

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