Tuesday, February 7, 2017

JD & The Straight Shot

By Michael Yanko 
for Concert Photos Magazine

Live at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL 1-24-17

When you are selected to be the opening act for a sold out Don Henley concert you have to be doing something right!

I'm not sure whether you would call this band blues, rock, Americana, country, or bluegrass, I guess a combination of all five would be appropriate.

The acoustic set by JD & The Straight Shot was very entertaining and they did a great job warming up the crowd.  JD (James Dolan, yes, THAT James Dolan) was very personable, and what little he may have lacked in vocal skills he more than made up for through rapport with the crowd and an excellent supporting band.  JD wonderfully explained the history and/or meaning of each song and the crowd really seemed to be very responsive to his banter. The band has recorded 6 albums and performed a nice mix of a few older originals and songs off their new album “Ballyhoo.” 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Bob Weir Plays with The National at MusicNow Festival

Bob Weir played his Fireside Tour last week with The National at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati. This was truly a special night of music with two phenomenal bands playing together in unison. The place was sold out and the crowd was very pumped for a great night of music. MusicNow has become a great festival with rare performances. Tonight was no exception. Some highlights included Not Fade Away, Eyes of the World, Darkstar, Cassidy, and a Ripple Encore.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Lumineers World Tour at US Bank Arena with Andrew Bird and Margaret Glaspy

The Lumineers are on their "Cleopatra World Tour" that made a stop at US Bank Arena last night. The openers were Margaret Glaspy followed by Andrew Bird. Last night was sold out. All three bands put on quite a performance. I haven't seen Andrew Bird or The Lumineers in several years and I was completely blown away. The band had great energy from start to encore. The Lumineers went into the middle of the arena and played on a riser above the crowd which seemed more intimate than just playing on the front stage. I didn't know the Lumineers had such a following, until last evening as the crowd was into every song that was performed. The band leaves here to play a few shows at Madison Square Gardens. Check out the Lumineers and Andrew Bird Tour at www(dot)thelumineers(dot)com.

Images by Doug Siegel

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Carrying the torch, Tedeschi Trucks and Jack Pearson

Jan. 29, 2017
Nashville, TN

Story By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo
Photos By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo

With the passing of Butch Trucks another link to the music of the Allman Brothers band is gone. Yet the music does live on as was shown recently at the Tivoli Theater in Chattanooga. There the Tedeschi Trucks band and the Jack Pearson Trio delivered a show that demonstrated that the torch has been passed to very capable hands.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Butch Trucks, a freight train rolling down the Tracks

Jan. 26, 2017
Nashville, TN

Story By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo
Photos By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo

It was just about a year ago when Butch Trucks brought his “Freight Train” to Nashville City Winery. One of the top Rock drummers ever, Butch was happiest driving the beat. An original Allman brother, his skill and passion on the drums helped make the ABB what it was. When they finally closed down Butch just had to keep going. And just one band was not enough.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Star Trifecta at City Wineries Bonaparte's benefit

Jan. 25, 2017
Nashville, TN

Story By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo
Photos By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo

When news hit that the Nashville City Winery was hosting a Bonaparte's Retreat benefit featuring EmmyLou Harris and John Prine it was an instant sell out. Two of Music City's biggest stars together up close and personal...how much better can you get? Well, you could have Sheryl Crow come out and sit in for most of the show, that's how much better you can get.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Joe Russo's Almost Dead at the Ryman

Jan. 14, 2017
Nashville, TN

Story By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo
Photos By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo

Joe Russo's Almost Dead (or JRAD) made their first visit to the Ryman Auditorium and proceeded to”tear this old building down” in true deadhead fashion. JRAD, a self confessed “Dead” cover band, consists of Joe Russo , Marco Benevento, Dave Dreiwitz, Scott Metzger, and Tom Hamilton and were joined by Nashville's own Nicole Atkins on vocals.

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