Wayne “The Train” Hancock at FooBAR in East Nashville

Wayne

Wayne Hancock played a very welcomed gig in East Nashville Friday night. Nashville needs a lot more of this guy!  Wayne has one of the best honky tonk voices out there and plays with an outstanding western swing band… no drums, just upright bass, tele and steel.  Wayne bangs away relentlessly on his Larrivee and would have played and sung all night long without the 1:15 curfew (east nashville or FooBAR rule?).   This is real country music and Nashville needs to see a whole lot more of it!

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The Volcano Room – Cumberland Caverns – Bluegrass Underground

The Volcano Room - Cumberland Caverns - Bluegrass Underground

The Silver Jews performing their final show for Bluegrass Underground.

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The Eric Heatherly Band at The Listening Room

The Eric Heatherly Band at The Listening Room

Eric Heatherly played The Listening Room in Nashville and tore the place up!  I’ve been lucky enough to work with Eric on his recording of Unforgettable (heard on Gray’s Anatomy) as well as songs from his upcoming album “2 High to Cry,” produced by Carson Chamberlain.  This was my first time hearing the live show and it definitely rocked!

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Cadillac Sky – Bluegrass Underground Photos – Cumberland Caverns

Cadillac Sky - Bluegrass Underground Photos - Cumberland Caverns

This was the best Bluegrass Underground to date!  Cadillac Sky is an incredible new band on the Skaggs Family Records label.  Virtuosic playing is just the beginning… these guys have perhaps the best on stage presence I’ve ever seen in a bluegrass band.  Combine that with top notch singing and songwriting and you have a band that will surely forge great paths in the bluegrass world over the upcoming years.  This was my second time seeing Cadillac Sky and they blew me away both times.

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The Farewell Drifters – Bluegrass Underground Photos – Cumberland Caverns

The Farewell Drifters - Bluegrass Underground Photos - Cumberland Caverns

The Farewell Drifters have such a great sound!  I’ve seen them many times and they always sound great.  Smooth harmonies and catchy back to basics melodies make their songs instant classics!  Clayton is also quite the monster on guitar… no doubt comes from shredding all those metal licks in his early years.

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