Category Archives: Listen Here First

On the way — Sturgill Simpson, March 30 at George’s

January 22nd, 2015 at 8:43 am

Sturgill Simpson’s chase of that “Long White Line” will bring him to Fayetteville on March 30. This is the kind of concert I almost don’t want to tell you about. I want you to know too late, so I’m assured … Continue reading

The weekend in live music, with Tyler Gregory and more

January 2nd, 2015 at 10:09 am

At the start of 2014, I made a resolution: see more live music. Mission accomplished. I think I’ll try the same in 2015. It can’t hurt. And if you’re on a similar path, might I suggest the events below? Roots … Continue reading

Mark your (new) calendars for NYE parties

December 29th, 2014 at 11:17 am

I know the two holidays are this close every year, because they always fall on the same day, but I am the only one shocked at how close Christmas and New Year’s Eve are? I just got back in the … Continue reading

The weekend in live music, with Milton Patton and more

December 19th, 2014 at 5:03 am

I can tell it’s almost Christmas because of the traffic on the roads, and, specifically, the traffic near the shopping centers. It makes me want to get off the road and hide until the new year. You know a good … Continue reading

Christmas with Clint Black

December 3rd, 2014 at 1:49 pm

There’s a distinction between a “Christmas” concert and a “Christmastime” concert. It might be a slight one, but it’s one Clint Black wants to make. A Christmas concert would probably only feature Christmas songs. He’s more familiar with the latter … Continue reading

A lesson on swearing and pop songs with The Dan Band

November 21st, 2014 at 11:39 am

Appropriately, The Dan Band started as a joke. Dan Finnerty decided to sing Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” at a karaoke bar. Soon after that, a friend asked Finnerty to jump onstage before her and repeat the process because she … Continue reading

Small instrument, big sound: Jake Shimabukuro and the ukelele

November 14th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Ukeleles are cute. Particularly in the world of folk pop music, the ukelele is something that adds a little brightness or color to a song, but rarely serves as the leading attraction. But when Jake Shimabukuro plays his ukelele, it’s … Continue reading

Not so standard: The sounds of the New York Standards Quartet

November 7th, 2014 at 10:51 am

When the members of New York Standards Quartet decided to start playing together after a gig at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City, they had two goals in mind. The members wanted to be a band, and not just … Continue reading

The 10 bands you must see at this year’s Harvest Festival

October 15th, 2014 at 9:47 am

Music festivals feature a never-ending assortment of choices. If you haven’t thought about what to pack, what to wear and what to eat and drink while at Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival, well, you haven’t spent as much … Continue reading

Soon in tunes: J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Oct. 8 at George’s

October 6th, 2014 at 3:07 pm

The long-haired Southern boys in J. Roddy Walston & The Business earlier this year released the album “Essential Tremors,” which as been earning a lot of airplay on modern rock and alternative radio. They also spent much of the year … Continue reading