Singer-songwriter Noah Kahan brought his I Was / I Am tour to a sold-out Saturn last Friday. The singer has achieved a pretty impressive leveling-up over the past few years, with this tour, in particular, bringing him to larger rooms like NYC’s Webster Hall and Higher Ground in his home state of Vermont. The show at Saturn was a passionate event, with the devoted fans taking in Noah’s diaristic songs for his first time in Alabama. Check out our photos of Noah and support Blake Rose below.
On October 11, Mt. Joy and Trampled by Turtles brought their co-headlining tour to Avondale for a field full of passionate fans ready to enjoy the music on a cool fall night. Both bands are Avondale veterans, with Mt. Joy’s last appearance taking place in May when the venue was still imposing pod seating because of the pandemic.
Trampled by Turtles’ intensity is always surprising when you hear them play. You’d think a band with no drummer and a lot of bluegrass instruments would be a calmer occasion, but they sounded like thunder as they took the crowd on a trip through their entire discography. Fans of Mt. Joy (who played last on this evening) might not have known what they were getting into — but it’s impossible to not leave a TBT show unimpressed with their musicianship and might.
Mt. Joy took the stage right at 9 P.M., and it’s hard to understand just how beloved they are in the Magic City. This band has scaled up very quickly, with their first show coming in 2018 across the street at Saturn. Now after touring the world many times over,… [read more…]
On October 4, Phoebe Bridgers brought her uber-popular Reunion Tour to Birmingham, serving as one of the smallest-capacity dates she’s played in 2021. After experiencing a monumental 2020 with the release of Punisher and her Grammy nominations, this year’s tour was the first time that listeners got to hear these powerful songs live. An opening set from local favorite Taylor Hollingsworth won the crowd over, with deep cuts from his discography and his rendition of his song “Dominoes” from Better Oblivion Community Center (the Bridgers/Conor Oberst collaboration from 2019) created an impressive opening environment for Bridgers to build off of. The setlist consisted primarily of hits from Punisher, with songs from her 2017 debut Stranger in the Alps sprinkled within. It was an intimate (but still packed — the place was sold out), stormy evening with an artist who’s quickly ascending, and hopefully she’ll return to Birmingham soon.
Check out our photo gallery of the night below, and see the rest of Phoebe’s tour dates here.
Moonstone is a festival celebrating the female presence in music and art. As a festival-goer and also having booked for one, it was important for me to keep everything for this first event as minimal as possible, but also to have a solid lineup. I’m supporting a local non-profit, as well. That’s very important to me.
Having a team- a small team of people that I’m working with on the inside of things- has been key. They are people who are familiar with or currently work in the industry. I have people close to me that are taking over the hospitality, and the vendors, and a big part, outside of the music lineup, is what we’re going to be giving visually. I have a great artist team, and they will be working on decorating festival grounds and creating installations. Visually, it’s going to look super-cool.
I want everyone to feel welcomed. That’s what’s most important here. We’re celebrating women, music, and art, but why should that have to be necessarily a political thing?… [read more…]
Detailing Jimmy Webb’s hit songs, accolades, and overall impact on pop music would require a separate article. Still, the following list will give you an idea: Grammy Award winner – Song of the Year (1967), Grammy Award winner – Best Country Song (1986), National Academy of Songwriters Lifetime Achievement Award (1993), Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1990), and Great American Songbook Hall of Fame – Songbook Award (2013). To date, he is the only artist to receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration. But of all of the accomplishments in his distinguished career, Webb’s partnership with singer/songwriter Glen Campbell perhaps remains his calling card. Together, the two artists collaborated on a successful run of hits, including “Wichita Lineman” and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix.” These days – in addition to recently releasing an album of covers titled Slipcover (S-Curve Records) – Webb is celebrating the life and music of his late friend with his “Glen Campbell Years” tour. On Saturday, November 2, Webb will perform at The Lyric Theatre. Recently, he spoke with us by phone from his New York residence.
How’s your year looking? Any new releases or shows coming up?
Well, this year I’ve been performing a lot. I had the chance to perform at Birmingham’s first Freedom Fest alongside some legends like
Midnight Star, Musiq Soulchild, and Ruben Studdard. That was very exciting. I released one single called ‘L.’ It is available on all streaming platforms. I’m still creating in my quiet time, so newness will come one day. I’ll be performing upstairs at Avondale Brewing Co. for the Listen Local Concert Series with one my favs, Richard Daniel on October 22.
What got you started in music? Who inspired you to perform?
Music is really in my DNA. My mother was a singer/songwriter, and my father is a musician. I would always sing. Song is my second language. I was always too nervous to ever think I could do music professionally, but with the help and support, or maybe a better word would be ‘force,’ from my friends I started to become more comfortable with… [read more…]
Sarah, you’ve been in the studio recording and just released your first single “Two-Hearted Rounder,” which is fantastic! Could you tell me a little about the album and when you plan on releasing it?
Somehow I managed to persuade some of the baddest and most talented musicians in Birmingham to play my songs. With Will Stewart on guitar, Keelan Parrish on bass, Ford Boswell on pedal steel and Brian Gosdin on drums, the songs I wrote while sitting on my purple couch have turned into something. I’ve never played in a plugged-in band before now, always playing acoustic and bluegrass music growing up. I have to give a nod to Lester Nuby III, while I’m at it, for producing. The record drops on November 8 on Cornelius Chapel Records. The first single is currently available on streaming services. We’re cooking up some dates in Birmingham and making arrangements for some shows around the southeast.
What do you hope people take from listening to these songs?
Once a song is written and recorded, it goes out into the world, and you lose control of how people judge or interpret… [read more…]
Janet, I know you are part of a duo (Timber), and you play your own stuff. Tell me a little bit about each project?
Timber is a collaboration between Will Stewart and me that started several years back (2015, I think?). I think we both see Timber as a place for our more vibe-driven, esoteric songs, but also it was an opportunity for the two of us to work together very intentionally. I really love collaborations like this, and Will is an effortless, natural musician, so easy to work with.
My “solo” project is my first time working under my own name in about 21 years – since I moved to Alabama, really. I’ve historically classified my solo work under the name Delicate Cutters, which eventually became a band with a very distinct sound (Kevin Nicholson on fiddle, Chance Shirley on drums, and Brian Moon on bass was the core band). There came a point where I thought I was giving music up – that I’d said all I could say, and so I… [read more…]
Rebecca, you released a full length album in August of 2018, which is fantastic by the way! Can you tell me a little about what inspired that album?
The album was inspired by the loss of my mom back in 2013 – that’s when I first started writing songs. This album was a space to process feelings, answer questions, and unpack worries. A lot of the songs on Only the Good were an opportunity to have a conversation without actually having to speak tough words – words of grief, of remembrance, of sorrow. From the loss of Mom to processing the beginnings or ends of relationships, these songs (and all my songs) are a direct reflection of my feelings.
Any plans on releasing any new material soon?
I’ve got a few cool projects in the works, and plan to release new music next year! I’m pumped to be collaborating with some new pals & fleshing out instrumentation to have a fuller sound, which I’m pretty excited… [read more…]
You have a record coming out in October, which will be your fourth album. Tell me a little about that.
I actually had to postpone the release until Spring 2020, since I decided to re-record it. I was really unhappy with the initial sounds, production, etc. on our first attempt, so I’m working with Brad Lyons at Boutwell to make more of a rock album. This will be my first album that I’ve played all of the bass on, and the first one that won’t have any fiddle (since I’m playing bass for myself now).
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get into music?
There is no “one size fits all” approach to any of this. Work hard, shake hands, and advocate for yourself fiercely.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
I practice yoga pretty religiously when we’re on the road. I always travel with my mat. Also, wine.