Cold Satellite is a rock 'n' roll band, steeped (as rock 'n' roll should be) in country and blues. But most importantly, the music shoots up from the inspired partnership of frontman Jeffrey Foucault and poet Lisa Olstein. The song "Sleepers Wake," from the group's second album, tracks a wide orbit of sound and meaning.
With the soul of a rockabilly, the guitar chops of heroes like Scotty Moore and the lyrical skills of a country master, Marshall Chapman remains one of the most respected talents in Nashville (and beyond).
Jonny Fritz was in full character, as is normal for him, as he took the stage. Fiddle player Joshua Hedley exploded on stage with multiple solos that kept the crowd listening. These two performers shine a new light to country music.
I first saw the Devil Makes Three on the live webcast of the Newport Folk Festival last summer and thought they sounded and looked a little like the really pissed-off folks that got stuck in Nebraska in the 1889 Land Rush: destined to build houses out of sod and eke out a living with crude hand tools.
"I want to take this hall with me. You're so lucky," Rosanne Cash told the audience at the Sheldon near the end of her set, which began with her calling the century-old venue "one of the best-sounding halls in the whole country."
The Carper Family is a musical trio of sisters, but the kind of sisters that were placed together by common experience and ambition, not necessarily birth.