REMEMBERING ALEX CHILTON
"If theres ever a reason to have an Athens Reunion, be sure to hire Big Star as the entertainment. Before and during the course of this gig, I ran into more people from
ERIC CLAPTON / ROGER DALTREY
March 9, 2010
The Arena At Gwinnett
Writing reviews for shows that I don't see in their entirety is not something I want to make a habit of doing. However, since "review tickets" are becoming harder to acquire, it's something that looks as if it will become necessary on occasion...(Read more)
The Big To-Do
If The Truckers' last album, Brighter Than Creation's Dark , was an album of reclamation, rebirth and recovery, The Big To-Do is the work of a band that finally sounds relaxed and comfortable with who they are, where they've been and where they're headed...(Read more)
BRANDI CARLILE / AMY RAY
Feb. 17, 2010
The Melting Point
Goodwill filled the room even before the music began. The standing-room only, sold out crowd was buzzing around The Melting Point with anticipation. I even overheard one guy saying how this show was “fate” and that God made it possible for him to attend on this Ash Wednesday...
Country music's definitive artist, George Jones, is 78-years old now. He's been having hits for more than 50 years and yet he's still out on the road thrilling thousands every night. His voice is not as strong as it once was, but his demeanor and spirit haven't diminished in the slightest. Opening the show with his first hit, 1955's “Why Baby Why”, Mr. Jones took the crowd through “The Grand Tour” of his career and even some sidetracks into his personal life...
Feb. 6, 2010
The Melting Point
If the crowd had been any thicker at The Melting Point tonight, they couldn't have called it standing-room-only as they would've had to call it standing-on-top-of-each-other-room-only . It was crazy. I ran into a friend who was marveling at the average age of the sold out crowd. He speculated that he must be “the only person drinking”. He may have been right. This had to be the youngest crowd I've ever seen at a show in Athens...
WILLIE NELSON / LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL
Jan. 21, 2010
Willie Nelson's concerts have always been lovably ragged and relaxed. Since drummer Paul English stopped playing a full-kit in favor of simply keeping the beat on a snare drum, the shows have gotten even looser and more informal. Thursday night's show at Athens, Georgia's Classic Center felt more like a family reunion than a concert by one of the most iconic performers in music history. Opening up with the traditional “Whiskey River”, the crowd was in the palm of his hands...
A Reality Tour
CONGRATULATIONS TO JONATHAN THOMPSON OF ATHENS, GEORGIA FOR WINNING THIS CD BY TAKING THE QUIZ AT THE END OF THE REVIEW.
Dare I say it? David Bowie's A Reality Tour may be the greatest live album of the 21st century to date. Now that it's been said, I will admit that there haven't been any other truly definitive concert recordings that I've heard in many, many years. In the days of YouTube clips and DVD, live audio albums are a tricky thing. I mean, what's the point? (Read more)