Jonah Tolchin plays the blues with a pleasantly haunting and unforced grace, carrying listeners into a comfortable familiar place. His music is the kind that has a familiar feel but only comes from one source.
Lee Fields and the Expressions exhibit soul preserved and done right, understated by tough love and good times.
Sonny Landreth's music is built out of lyrical, sweeping lines of growling tones wrung from his guitar with a slide. Upbeat, stomping blues-rock dominates his sound, but rootsy blues are always underlying and reinforcing his exceptional playing.
Yojimbo is an experimental grimy-groove funk-jazz band that grinds out driving rhythms behind psychedelic petri dish-grown melodies.
John Fullbright's songs are like an old friend who is never afraid to set you straight. Coupled to his masterful lyrics is a hauntingly likeable delivery that leaves listeners yearning for the next note.
"All Soul, No Borders" is weekly proof of why Josh Weinstein is sometimes described as a musical holy man and shaman.
The opening act went on an hour later than announced; presumably waiting for the Cinco de Mayo crowd to bring their fiesta to the Old Rock House with them. Once the party got started though, there was funk for all.
The lights dimmed to darkness in the Sheldon Concert Hall to signal the Flecktones making their way to the stage. A moment of quiet settled in.
Last night at the Old Rock House, Andy Mckee's exhilarating performance gave fans a sense of awe for both what can be played and composed on a guitar. It was incredible to see harmony, percussion and melody all come from the same instrument and person.