In a very rare and special opportunity, Douglas played an all-solo set – well, almost all solo – showing off not only his incredible mastery of this delightful instrument but an affable, entertaining personality.
A sold-out Savannah Music Festival sizzler
Opening with the old Gram Parsons chestnut “Return of the Grievous Angel,” Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell made it clear that Wednesday night’s concert in the Johnny Mercer Theatre was to be a trip down memory lane. Much of the two-hour show consisted of songs from the dawning days of country/rock, when Harris – a protégé of Parsons’ – launched her remarkable solo career with a string of wonderfully stylistic albums that married the genres in creative ways.
Incredibly, this outstanding set was Joy Kills Sorrow's third show of the day; simply put, they were in the zone.
The three-movement concerto paid homage to the blues – something one doesn’t hear a lot of in symphonic works – with plenty of seventh chords, blue motifs and cleverly rounded edges.
Reunion with Emmylou: 'I don't think we're sitting on our laurels from music we created in the past'
We'll just cut to the chase and say that the fact that they've just made their first album as a duo, Old Yellow Moon, is a cause for celebration.
Opening for Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell April 3
Since his early days as a founding singer and guitarist in the folk band Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson has generated a cult following that happily trails him through all sorts of musical discoveries and changes. Rather than confound, the British acoustic guitar hero has delighted those international legions of Thompsonites with Electric, a new album that takes a bold left turn into Stratocaster territory while still adhering to the RT principal: Immaculately written songs, both lyrically and musically, sung in a clear-as-a-bell voice that's both worldly-wise and playfully inquisitive.
'Susan's the only irreplaceable person in the band'
It was just three years ago that Allman Brothers Band guitarist Derek Trucks dissolved his other project, the Derek Trucks Band, and announced the formation of an 11-member aggregate spotlighting him and his wife, rock/blues vocalist Susan Tedeschi. The Tedeschi Trucks Band debuted at the 2010 Savannah Music Festival.
'You know, I've never done this and not been in school!'
In a way, Sarah Jarosz is the anti-Taylor Swift. They're almost exactly the same age, and they're both tremendously talented writers and performers.
The mandolin master, April 5 at the Trustees Theater
'Jerry Garcia and I both had very similar musical tastes and shared many musical heroes.'
Friday, April 5, Charles H. Morris Center
Ten years into his run as the festival's associate artistic director and classical music tour guide, the acclaimed British violinist closes out a remarkable 2013 run with one of his strongest chamber programs yet. The assembled group today includes Hope with Lorenza Borrani, violin; Benny Kim, violin; CarlaMaria Rodrigues, viola; Patrick Messina, clarinet and horn/bassoon; Eric Kim, cello; Li-wei Quin, cello; Joseph Conyers, bass; Richard Beene, bassoon; and Alma Maria Liebrecht, horn.
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