holy ghost tent revival through the years

I was supposed to shoot Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Dirty Bourbon River Show & the Woes at Kings last night, but as I was getting to Raleigh, my battery light came on and then as I was driving home, my car died on the side of I-40 so … I didn’t. Instead, behind the jump,…

the mountain goats @ cat’s cradle

I’ve been lucky enough to see the Mountain Goats a couple of times over the last few years; in 2006 at Troika, in an old garage, and John solo at the Durham Armory, and a sold out show at the Cradle in 2008. A sold out show in 2008 the night after the election in…

holy ghost tent revival @ cat’s cradle

For all intents and purposes, except for the pattern of the tie and the quality of the shot, those two images could be from the same night, though obviously they’re not. The top shot was taken with my Nikon Coolpix L3 on October 21, 2008, when Holy Ghost was the local open for Jersey band…

frontier ruckus @ local 506

Frontier Ruckus and the Moondoggies put out two of my favorite underrated albums of 2010, the Moondoggies’ all sweeping vistas and huge sounds and Frontier Ruckus’ all creeping sadness and mournful Michigan landscape, so to get them both in a single weekend was a huge joy. But where the Moondoggies get their huge sound from,…

holy ghost tent revival @ local 506

my heart is yours, honey what’s mine is yours, honey but only for a little while So almost exactly two years ago, on a Thursday night, when I was just getting to know Glenn, I leaned across the bar at the 506 between a Holy Ghost Tent Revival set and a New Familiars set, and…

the avett brothers @ cat’s cradle

The trouble is: I have been spoiled for all other Avett Brothers shows ever. I had never seen them live, after all. And tonight we could have driven to Asheville — but we didn’t; dinner with my parents — and seen them at the Civic Center with 7,000 other people, and it would have been…

punch brothers @ cat’s cradle

I saw Nickel Creek just once, at the Vic in Chicago, almost — God — 8 years ago. I genuinely have no idea why I decided I wanted to see them back then, because while I always enjoyed them, I was never what you would call a huge fan; I suspect it was because it…

hurray for the riff raff @ the pinhook

The light at the Pinhook is seventeen kinds of suck, but Hurray for the Riff Raff were absolutely excellent; Alynda Lee Segarra has a startling voice, really reminiscent of Jolie Holland, almost too big for the small venue when she really let it go, and live the songs from Young Blood Blues are still conscious…

hurray for the riff raff — young blood blues

Hurray for the Riff Raff — Young Blood Blues. Out now, self-released. What I want to know is this: when did all these kids start picking up banjos? Not a complaint, just a question; who is this folk revolution to be pinned upon? Are banjos really cheap in pawn shops and at garage sales? Somebody…