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The White Buffalo Headline The Bowery Ballroom on Sunday Night

October 17th, 2014

Passionate singer-songwriter Jake Smith (vocals and guitar) grew up listening to country music and then punk before he began writing his own songs and enthusiastically performing them live while in college in Northern California. He eventually made his way back to Southern California and began working under the name the White Buffalo, joined by the rhythm section of Tommy Andrews (bass) and Matt Lynott (drums). With songs about outsiders and rebels, plus Smith’s whiskey-tinged vocals, the L.A. trio’s own winning take on Americana has been compared to Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr. and Townes Van Zandt. Following the release of several EPs, the White Buffalo (above, doing “The Whistler” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) made waves amongst critics and fans alike with 2012’s Once Upon a Time in the West (stream it below)—about which American Songwriter opined, “The gravity of these tracks serve as somewhat of an announcement of Smith’s arrival, and it appears he doesn’t plan on going anywhere soon”—and 2013’s Shadows, Greys & Evil Ways (stream it below)—PopMatters said it’s “an album that always seems to find the perfect note. Is it a barrel of laughs? Nope. Is it worth listening to? Definitely.” Of course, you might also recognize some of the band’s tunes from Sons of Anarchy, which is perhaps why Paste labels their music a “biker-friendly brand of folk music.” But, regardless, you can experience the White Buffalo live and in person on Sunday night at The Bowery Ballroom. Local four-piece Swear and Shake open the show.

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Pat Green Brings a Taste of Texas to Terminal 5 on Saturday Night

April 17th, 2014

Inspired by Lonestar musical royalty like Waylon Jennings, Robert Earl Keen and Willie Nelson, singer-songwriter Pat Green has been making Texas country music since 1995, while he was still in college. But he’s been fairly prolific ever since graduation, releasing nine studio albums and a pair of live LPs, in addition to becoming known as an energetic live performer, all of which has made him very popular in his homestate. Green’s most recent album, Songs We Wish We’d Written II (stream it below), highlighted by covers of “Even the Losers” and “Soulshine,” came out two years ago, but he’s currently working his way up and down the East Coast. And you can see Green (above, performing “Wave on Wave” for Texas Music Scene) this weekend on Saturday night at Terminal 5. Cory Morrow, who appears on Songs We Wish We’d Written II, opens the show.

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Josh Ritter Closes Tour in Style at Music Hall of Williamsburg

March 10th, 2014

Josh Ritter – Music Hall of Williamsburg – March 8, 2014

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Do you like stories? Well, if so, you’re in for a treat any time you listen to any of Josh Ritter’s lyrically rich songs. The singer-songwriter has been weaving tales for more than a decade now, and his spring 2013 release, The Beasts in Its Tracks, only continues his great tradition. After an uproarious welcome to the stage of a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night, the crowd hushed as Ritter opened with “Wildfires,” from his fifth album, The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter, accompanied by two very accomplished musicians in Josh Kaufman and Zack Hickman. Kaufman’s prowess on the electric guitar shone early, on “Southern Pacifica,” while Hickman wowed with the lap steel on “Wings.” A pair of tunes from the last album, “A Certain Light” and “Bonfire,” had fans clapping and stomping their feet.

There was no questioning what spirit animal Ritter was when, as if an animal himself, he dropped to his knees and howled into the rafters during “Wolves.” The songwriter revealed that fan favorite “Joy to You Baby” was written just four blocks from the venue and that he was sincerely thankfully to be completing the tour in Brooklyn. Although Ritter touched upon gems from his catalog like “The Temptation of Adam” and “Change of Time,” he also treated fans to covers (Waylon Jennings’ “Abilene,” Ricky Nelson’s “I’m Not Afraid” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Save Me a Place”) and introduced new material, “Cry Softly” and “Strangers.” For the latter, Ritter requested “romantic lighting” and got darkness in return, which only provided a better first listen for the new song without visual distraction.

By the end of the show, the audience had happily joined in to sing sections of “Galahad” and “Kathleen.” The trio returned to the stage after a brief exit to encore with “Snow Is Gone” and “Lillian, Egypt.” Properly concluding the evening, Ritter called for opener Gregory Alan Isakov to sing on the final song, “Wait for Love,” with everyone singing along to the chorus, “We all got to wait for love/ Wait for love, wait for love,” which continued even after they exited Music Hall. The conversations I overheard as I left ranged from “He was great. He was just smiling the whole time” to “He sells out everywhere.” There’s no doubt why Ritter is so beloved: his masterful storytelling and his sincerity—but most of all, for his songs that speak to the chronicle of love. —Sharlene Chiu

 

 

 

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See Shooter Jennings Tonight at The Bowery Ballroom

May 21st, 2013

Despite essentially growing up on a tour bus as the only child of outlaw-country royalty— Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter—and later becoming a professional musician, Shooter Jennings has been able to successfully make a name for himself since his debut album, the Southern-rock-and-country-hybrid Put the “O” Back in Country, came out in 2005. Since then, Jennings has remained busy touring and putting out new material. Plus he settled down with Drea De Matteo, of The Sopranos fame, had a kid and relocated to New York City, much of which is reflected in last year’s Family Man. However, his most recent album, The Other Life (stream it below), released this past March, covers some darker terrain. And tonight at The Bowery Ballroom, Shooter Jennings (above, doing “The Deed & the Dollar” for Music Fog) plays a hometown show. Don’t miss it.

Exclusive Video: Jonny Fritz Walks the Streets

December 14th, 2012

Jonny Fritz—formerly Jonny Corndawg—was destined to become a country singer. Growing up in rural Virginia, he developed a clever sense of humor and the ability to be crass without being insulting. As a result, his music is more outlaw country, in the vein of Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and David Allan Coe, a distant cousin. The Oxford American calls his 2011 release, Down on the Bikini Line, a “mix of plucky guitars, clean drumming and honky-tonk humor that he’s perfected in live performances.” And while walking along Houston Street, he performs one of its songs, “Chevy Beretta,” with Josh Hedley, exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live.

Fritz also talked to us about how country music flows from the South and that he writes that kind of music as a result of always listening to it. Watch the interview: http://tbp.im/SVv9C1. Check out his performance of “Ain’t It Your Birthday”: http://tbp.im/TPuhMP. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live to see more cool performances and revealing interviews like these, plus the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.