Fresh out of a near-death experience resulting from a 2013 car crash, Timothy Showalter had plenty of material for Strand of Oaks' fourth album, "HEAL."
Progressive improvisation band Umphreys McGee takes elements of rock, funk, jazz fusion and virtually every other musical form and turns it into a creation that transcends its component parts.
Prior to Tori Amos taking the Peabody stage, husband and wife folk singers Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou turned in a vocally-impressive acoustic set. Trevor and Hannah Lou aren't your typical male/female folk-singing duo. What caught my attention right away was Trevor Moss' full voice high tenor/alto singing. There wasn’t a bit of falsetto in a single note that came out of his mouth, and he was often singing melodies above Hannah Lou's rich alto.
Drawing from a background diverse enough to take him from the fields of Maine potato farm to social work in Boston's inner city, singer/songwriter Ellis Paul tells tales of struggle and triumph in the style of folk heroes like Woody Guthrie.
In a town like Nashville, you can't toss a pebble 2 feet without hitting a singer-songwriter, and yet there are those who stand out from the rest with their knack for catchy songwriting and great instrumentation. Tim Easton is one of those that rise above the crowd.
A side project of John Wendland and Andy Ploof of Rough Shop, the Wilhelms are an acoustic duo with a penchant for solid songwriting, intertwining strings and soaring harmonies.
The Velvet Underground only sold 30,000 copies of its first album during its initial release. Brian Eno once said that all 30,000 of the people who bought that original pressing started a band. That quote is often misapplied to Velvet Underground's primary songwriter Lou Reed. But Reed has proven the misapplication correct, influencing many an artist during his post-VU career.
Occurring on the last day of summer, the second night of the seventh installment of An Under Cover Weekend bid farewell to another season and another year of cover acts as well as marking the retirement of local ringers Via Dove from the event.
With three part harmonies floating lazily along the sweet breeze created by its four members, Pretty Little Empire creates music that somehow becomes more than just the sum of its parts.