Been laying low and getting to know the newest addition to the YHT gang — he turned three whole days old this morning — but I wanted to surface quickly and share that my second post on Virginia’s Travel Blog was published today, entitled “Live Music And Breweries In Northern Virginia: A Pairing Guide.” I thought something like this would be helpful because meeting up with friends before a show is great, and even better is meeting up close to the venue so you can enjoy a drink and still make it to the show in time to catch the opener. Given how many tasty beers there are to be tried in the area, carving out extra time to make a day of your next NOVA show is well worth it.
Click here to check out the post.
As a side note, I’ve gone down a serious rabbit hole searching through archive.org for Jammin’ Java shows I went to when I was in college. I can’t remember which ones I definitely went to, but Stephen Kellogg sure was covering some fantastic songs in 2003. Might I suggest this show from June and this one from October?
Here’s one of my favorite tunes of his from that era — “Such A Way” — performed at Jammin’ Java some 10 years further down the road.
Stephen Kellogg — “Such A Way” (live) [Youtube]
Some fun news to share — my first post for the Virginia Tourism blog went up over the weekend.
It’s hard to put into words how honored I am at having the opportunity to write about Virginia’s music-related history, people, and places. I’ve lived in just two cities — Norfolk and Richmond — and I owe so much of my love of music to Virginia artists and venues. That said, in the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to explore the western part of the state and the crucial role the area has played in genres like country and bluegrass. It’s been eye-opening. Despite living here for 30+ years, it still feels like I’ve only scratched the surface of the music this big, beautiful state has to offer, and I hope you’ll follow along at Virginia’s Travel Blog as I continue exploring.
My first post is about family-friendly music spots — click here to check it out, and please do subscribe on the right side of the page, if you’re so inclined.
[Editor’s Note: American Tunes is a series of posts dedicated to songs that address America’s social and political challenges. For more information on the series, click here.]
This one goes out to anyone in Congress thinking about casting a yes vote today for this selfish dumpster fire of a health care plan:
In your wild indifference
It’s all centered around you
Ain’t it lonely?
Joan Shelley — “Wild Indifference” [Spotify/iTunes]
The new issue of RVA Magazine (#28, to be exact) is out now, and in addition to a truly a gorgeous pink cover, it sports an article I wrote about Dazeases, one of the most exciting new artists to emerge from Richmond’s music scene in recent memory. Working on this was a genuinely inspiring experience. Dazeases has a true artist’s creative drive, and her compass is guided by a powerful sense of self-determination, whether you’re looking at her inventive approach to songcraft or her singular performance style. (Case in point: Her performance this Friday will include two venues and a 5-minute guided walk in between. How cool is that?)
I owe Dazeases my thanks, both for the inspiration she radiates and for all her help with the article, and I hope you’ll take the time to get to know her a little better by picking up a copy of the magazine or by reading online here.
Dazeases — “Laurel” [Spotify/YouTube]