Sunday night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater was the perfect date night for guitar players, geeks and dorks. The double bill of Jeff Beck and ZZ Top gave guitar players and their significant others, the best of both worlds. The musical wet dreams from Beck's fingers were for the six-stringed daydreamers, while the "Tube Snake Boogie" of ZZ Top gave everyone a reason to shake their booties.
I needed some of what singer-songwriter John Moreland would refer to as "God's Medicine" -- a night of literate, acoustic music, people and spectacle.
I think everyone who lived through the '80s can agree that there was no shortage of loud, longhaired rock bands dominating the radio and MTV. Amid the plethora of spandex-clad arena rockers like Mötley Crüe, Poison, Ratt and Bon Jovi, however, one band stood apart.
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.
Kings of Leon had a lot to prove to St. Louis and proved that, as always with our heroes, we value most those that have fallen and lift themselves back up.
From his 2012 acclaimed debut "Time's All Gone," to his newest collection "Holly," Nick Waterhouse fluidly extracts the best of vintage music, from analog recording and vintage gear, to honey-coated back-up vocals and low-end saxophones -- but in doing so he creates something uniquely his own.
This is the summer of Jack White. The 39-year-old guitar virtuoso, singer, songwriter, producer and all-around Renaissance man has been nearly inescapable since the June release of his second solo album, "Lazaretto."