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Music City Roots Radio; Davina & The Vagabonds

306Recently I had the pleasure seeing Davina & The Vagabonds perform at the  Music City Roots Radio Show.302

Influenced by artists Tom Waits, Amy Winehouse, and many others  Davina gave the audience a great show. The Vagabonds recently played at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and as I was talking to Davina, the band was packing for an European tour. Their new album, Nicollet & 10th is due out soon.

McDonald’s & Ron Crites, “A Tribute To George Jones”

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Ron Crites

Being new  here, it seems I’m constantly surprised living in Nashville. Once I made a comment I wouldn’t be surprised if I walked into a Waffle House and found a stage and  mic stand. It seems I spoke too soon. Continue reading McDonald’s & Ron Crites, “A Tribute To George Jones”

Bourdon Street; Ronnie Baker Brooks & Crystal Shawanda

11136660_1031256490237525_7228954859004684754_nitem-album-doand-cdGot Baptized tonight at the Bourdon Street Blues and Boogie Bar. Two fantastic acts, Ronnie Baker Brooks with special guest Lee Roy Parnell. Baker and his band were spot on amazing. Loved the horns and sax. Never seen someone play two saxophones at the same time. Ronnie Baker was sublime on guitar, Lee Roy was an added treat, and the keyboard player was off the chart on one piece.

Second act was just as amazing, Crystal Shawanda, Native American blues artist. Covering “I’d Rather Go Blind” was one of my favorites. Toward the end of her set, she dived into “Piece of My Heart.” She had me hook, line, and sinker. Crystal had a special guest playing sax, Dana Robbins,  who is incredible! If you are in the Nashville area, she is appearing again Friday night April 10 at Bourbon Street Blues. Crystal is an act you don’t want to miss.

Arrica Rose & The …’S, Wavefunction


The road of life has many detours. For Arrica Rose, her life comprises juggling friends and family, maintaining a long distance relationship, and living in two cities. For this accomplished singer/songwriter, her experiences produced songs from the highs and lows of her life. Out of the chaos, Arrica Rose & the …’S, has put together Wavefunction, orchestrated album that reflects more variety while light on motif. Continue reading Arrica Rose & The …’S, Wavefunction

Album Review: Davina & The Vagabonds’ Sunshine


Would you like to go to a concert and listen to the music of Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong, the singing of Billie Holiday, and the musical style of Tom Waits all wrapped up in one nicely made package? If so, this is your lucky day listening to the superb music of Davina & The Vagabonds (DATV). Continue reading Album Review: Davina & The Vagabonds’ Sunshine

Album Review – The MonaLisa Twins Play Beatles & More

Charles Dickens’ book, A Tale of Two Cities opens with, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” The 1960s was a dark and confusing time, especially if you called America your home. In ‘63, a very popular president was assassinated. In ’68, his brother Bobby was also murdered and that same year Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated as well. To make matters worse, the USA found themselves in a war that was the first ever conflict seen nightly on national television. As the anthem outside the 1968 Democratic Convention shouted, “The Whole World Is Watching.” “ It was the worst of times.” Continue reading Album Review – The MonaLisa Twins Play Beatles & More