"I'm just a weird guy trying to make everybody happy," Ryan Adams proclaimed halfway through his set on Sunday night. A crowd had gathered near the front of the Peabody Opera House stage, and those trying to see the show from their seats seemed visibly (and in one case, physically) disgruntled. After some pushes and grumbles from the crowd, Adams stepped in.
Strictly speaking, Carolina Chocolate Drops aren’t simply an Americana band. They’re a bona fide history lesson.
Formed in Minneapolis in 1985, the Jayhawks started as bit of a country rock entity, but took on more musical styles through the years as Gary Louris took on more song writing.
The Wood Brothers grew up around music and poetry, but took their own paths with their muse.
Like a polished update of the ever-elusive sound of the Band, Hiss Golden Messenger's "Saturday's Song" rollicks and rolls with sweet mandolin, piano, country-funk guitar and a rhythm meant for skipping all the way from front to back porch, and never spilling a drop of whiskey along the way.
London-raised, New York-based singer and songwriter Cariad Harmon comes into her own on the sparkling and soulful ballad "Like You," a love song meant for clapping and humming along to, if ever there was one.