American Aquarium

I know I haven’t written anything in a while but I am going to start writing more again. One of the most recent concerts I went to was Justin Jones at the 930 club. While I really liked Justin Jones, the opener American Aquarium was really good. They are produced by Jason Isbell formerly of the Drive By Truckers and it sounds great.

 

One of the best things about American Aquarium is the lead singer BJ Barham. He has a Springsteen swagger, a great voice and a great red acoustic gibson. The other best is the lap steel player who plays in every song. The band has a really close feel. It seems like they all get along and there isn’t any tension in the band.  I appreciate the bluegrass jam vibe with country rock and roll.

 

Here is a link to their site

 

http://www.americanaquarium.net/home.cfm

 

and a good song to start you off on

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls3E8f5huDo

 

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Music Concert Series

Since I hadn’t written anything in a while I decided two posts today. Enjoy the second one below.

I have recently been watching a lot of Austin City Limits. It’s been the longest running concert series on TV since 1976 and it is great. A few recent concerts I really liked were Raphael Saadiq and the Jeff Bridges/ Miranda Lambert concerts, also Randy Newman was great. I watch it through PBS like I assume more of America because I happen to live in DC. It is a great music series, and commercial free. It plays a lot of Americana music, so if you are looking to get into Americana just DVR ACL. I find myself looking a lot at the guitars (Jeff Bridges has a great gretsch).

The Website is below

http://acltv.com/

And Photos! All photos come from ACLTV.com

Hayes Carll

Hayes Carll

Jeff Bridges

Another music concert series I recommend is the A/V club Undercover series. It has new artists come in and cover older songs. One of my favorites was Wye Oak covering Mother originally by Danzig. I think its really cool to see different takes on well known songs and it also lets me see how different artists interpret songs. There are also bands I haven’t heard of and it helps me decide if I want to listen to them more.  The premise is that the people at the A/V Club have a list of famous songs to cover and then they ask a bunch of bands to come and do a cover. However, once a band covers that song no other band can cover the same song. So as time goes on the list dwindles.

Here is the 2011 site. They are starting the 2012 series now.

http://www.avclub.com/articles/undercover-2011-watch-the-recap-and-vote,61735/

and Wye Oak

http://www.avclub.com/articles/wye-oak-covers-danzig,53066/

I don’t have any photos for this, but it’s also not as big as ACL