Friday, November 8, 2013

Paul Burch, Coheed & Cambria, Manchester Orchestra, Joe Bonamassa, Sam Bush & Jerry Douglas, The Lonely Teardrops, The Front Bottoms, Balance & Composure

At the Modlin Center on Friday night, is the sensational bluegrass duo Sam Bush & Jerry Douglas. Tix run from $10 to $45 depending on your demographic. Here's the press blurb on the duo:

"Known as the King of Newgrass, Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush has played a pivotal role in expanding the horizons of bluegrass music, fusing it with jazz, rock, blues, funk, and more. Best known for his jaw-dropping skills on the mandolin, Bush is the cofounder of the genre-bending New Grass Revival and has played with everyone from Emmylou Harris and Béla Fleck, to Charlie Haden, Lyle Lovett, and Garth Brooks.

Dobro master and 13-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas is to the resonator guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar: elevating, transforming, and reinventing the instrument in countless ways. In addition to his 13 solo records, Douglas has played with everyone from Ray Charles to Alison Krauss and has produced albums for Krauss, the Del McCoury Band, Maura O’Connell, and Jesse Winchester. His latest solo album Traveler features guest appearances by such notable friends as Paul Simon, Mumford & Sons, Eric Clapton, and more."

And if you've got kids that like Taylor Swift, you can tell them Taylor asked Sam to play in her all-star band at the CMA Awards this month.

Here they are playing together at the 2012 Telluride Bluegrass Festival with John Cowan doing a rippin' version of Little Feat's "Sailin' Shoes":

Honky tonk country artist Paul Burch plays with his band, WPA Ballclub, at Ashland Coffee & Tea on Friday night. The show starts at 8 PM, it's $10 in advance, $15 day of show. Here's the press blurb for Paul:

"Paul Burch, Nashville’s honky tonk auteur and a writer of unmistakably modern but instantly classic songs, will release his 9th album Fevers this fall on Plowboy Records. Backed by his redoubtable band the WPA Ballclub, Fevers brings the intense, unbridled, and bravado of a Burch’s stage show into the studio. Produced with multi-instrumentalist Fats Kaplin (Jack White’s Buzzards, Third Man Records), Fevers is a riveting and haunting mix of honky tonk, stringband blues, and bop grooves that defies easy categories.
Critics have praised Burch’s albums as “music that sounds thoroughly modern but completely unlike contemporary country” (USA Today) and Entertainment Weekly has called him “a modern day Jimmie Rodgers.” The UK’s Uncut has awarded Burch’s last three albums 5 stars saying: “No one makes records like this anymore.”
Born in Washington D.C., Burch was first singled out when his 1996 debut, Pan American Flash, was named’s #5 Best Country Albums of the 90s and was described by Billboard’s Chet Flippo as “extraordinary…establishing Burch as a leader in marrying country’s roots tradition with a modern sensibility.”
Along with a GRAMMY nomination for his contribution to the comeback album by the Louvin Brothers’ Charlie Louvin, Burch has worked with a range of equally ineffable artists including Ralph Stanley, Exene Cervenka of X, Mark Knopfler, Lambchop, Vic Chesnutt, and R&B great Candi Staton. Burch’s songs for Last of My Kind, a companion to Tony Earley’s bestselling debut novelJim the Boy, were called “heartfelt and elegant in their simplicity” by the New York Times and his tribute to Buddy Holly,Words of Love, led to a new fan in Holly’s widow, Maria Elena. “Words of Love is a beautiful album,” said Maria Elena. “He has everything Buddy wanted to hear in an artist–his own style and his own sound.”  PB  recently produced famed Nashville songwriter David Olney’s Predicting the Past.
Peter Guralnick, author of biographies on Elvis Presley (Last Train to Memphis & Careless Love) and Sam Cooke (Dream Boogie) says: “I’m a Paul Burch fan. How could I not be? His music never fails to achieve its purpose, what Sun Records founder Sam Phillips has deemed the unequivocal purpose of every kind of music: to lift up, to deepen, to intensify the spirit of audience and musicians alike.”"

Here's Paul and the band with "Couldn't Get a Witness" from his new album "Fevers":

If you are more into rocking hard with some prog metal, Coheed & Cambria will be at The National on Friday. Tix are $25 in advance, $28 at the door. Doors open at 6, show starts at 6:30 with openers Balance & Composure (make sure you're in on time to see them) and I the Mighty. You might dig Coheed & Cambria if you like Rush, Queensryche, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Blue Oyster Cult, or Dream Theater. Here's the video for their song, "Number City", from their latest album, "The Afterman: Descension". This song is pretty poppy compared to a lot of their stuff, even including a horn section, but still weird enough to be Coheed & Cambria:

On Saturday, it's an evening with blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa at the Landmark Theater. The show will start at 8 and it's billed as "An Evening with Joe Bonamassa" which usually means no opener. Tix run from $71 to $91. Yes, you read that right but he can sell 'em because only Balcony seats remain. In a review of a March show at London's Royal Albert Hall, UK web site Get Ready to Rock said, "Bonamassa is a barometer of just how far blues rock artists can go. He’s broken through the glass ceiling hampering the genre, while remaining fiercely independent. He’s set new standards with impeccable playing, carefully chosen material, a cast of top musicians and an intuitive producer. His audience has grown exponentially and internationally, and judging by tonight, he’s even copped some of Clapton’s Albert Hall crowd." Here's Joe doing "Don't Burn Down That Bridge":

Richmond's world renowned salsa band, Bio Ritmo, is at The Camel on Saturday night. It'll start at 10 PM with openers Soul Power and dj sets in between the bands. It's $10 to get in, $5 for students. Here's the band's "La Verdad":

Sunday at The National, alt-rock band Manchester Orchestra will perform so you can get your kicks. Tix are $16 in advance, $20 at the door. Doors open early at 6 PM and the show starts at 7. Make sure you get in early to see The Front Bottoms. They'll be on before MO and O'Brother will play before Front Bottoms. Here's Man O playing "Simple Math" at The National on 11/16/11:

Local punk/garage rock band, The Lonely Teardrops, will rip it up at Bandito's on Sunday at 9 PM. I believe it won't cost you nothin' to get in. Here they are combining two of the greatest things ever, surfing and monkeys, in a song called "Surfin' Monkey":

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan