Review of new Trombone Shorty Record -For True

In early 2010, after years of slugging it out in clubs, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews released his acclaimed national debut, “Backatown.” In the frenetic year that followed, he and backing band Orleans Avenue logged some 200 performances across five continents in a furious globe-trotting tour. He’s the kind of relentless road warrior that rolls his sleeves up and chisels out a name for himself one venue at a time. The high-energy and...

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Sweet Leda Put The “Hot” In Hot August Blues”

For my money it’s the side stages at any festival that present the most surprise. Such was the case at this year’s Hot August Blues Festival. Annapolis, MD based band, Sweet Leda, rocked the crowd from the get go of their set. Just as last year’s festival provided for me the discovery of heavy funksters Higher Hands [also from Annapolis], Sweet Leda was this year’s delightful find for me. I am convinced now that the Maryland...

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Innocent Flannel w/ The Black Cadillacs, & more – Nashville, TN

Nashville’s music scene has begun to branch out in recent years. Country, pop artists and singer songwriters still liter the streets of Broadway, but dark dingy clubs like The End and The Basement are thriving in Nashville as it grows into the big city it always wanted to be. Last night Nashville band, Innocent Flannel and company proved songwriters can develop a sound separate from the typical Nashville Hoo-Ha and break through to...

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Dawes: Biltmore Estate – Asheville, NC

Concert Review: Dawes Biltmore Estate – Asheville, NC Date: Friday, August 12, 2011 By: David J. Simchock / www.DavidSimchock.com This proved to be a night of “firsts”. For starters, as a very recent transplant to Western North Carolina from the Northeast, it was my first proper music outing to cover one of the many national acts passing through Asheville.  It was also my first visit to the world-famous Biltmore Estate and, it turns...

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Newport Folk Fest 2011 Wrap-up

Review By Bob Rose  || Photos by Bob Rose and Ron Ozer Attending the Newport Folk Festival for the first time, I now understand fully why the magic that surrounds and celebrates one of the oldest folk festivals in the country has captured the hearts & musical souls of those whom attend. This is probably one of the reasons the festival sold out in advance this year in spite of the current economic decline in the US. Located on one...

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