Tinariwen – Emmaar: Tinariwen is a nomadic band of Tuareg blues musicians from the Saharan Desert in Northern Africa. Since forming in 1979, political chaos and violence have escalated in Mali, where Islamist extremists have gone as far as kidnapping a band member and banning music entirely. But this has not stopped Tinariwen (translated “deserts”) from sharing their story through music. Last year, the band escaped to Joshua Tree National Park in California to record their 7th studio album, Emmaar. I’ll never forget their inspiring show at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta (11/12/2011) and I highly recommend making the trip to Georgia Theatre in Athens on March 19th.
Sam Roberts Band – Lo-Fantasy: One thing I love about discovering new music is that there is something to discover every week! Before Tuesday, I had never heard of Sam Roberts, but this Montreal-based rocker has just released his 6th studio album, Lo-Fantasy, and it is worth your listen. No upcoming Atlanta shows, but we’ll keep you posted…
Atlanta, Thu. 2/21: Go see Eric Lindell & the Sunliners at Vinyl! Very few artists write, sing and play exactly how I want them to. Eric Lindell is one of them. Whether it’s the blues, soul or roots rock, Eric’s music has been touching my soul since I first heard Low On Cash, Rich In Love in 2008. After recording his first album in 1996, this New Orleans blues musician has toured extensively and somehow been able to record a new album or EP every two years or so. When I book my first music festival, Eric Lindell WILL be on the line-up 🙂
“That’s Why I’m Crying” from West County Drifter…
Tickets & Such:
$15 adv at box office / $19.25 online / $20 day of show
Atlanta, Tue. 2/19: Go see Buddy Guy at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre! Buddy needs no introduction… At 76-years-young, he’s still got it and Cobb Energy Centre is the perfect venue to see him live. He’ll be joined by the talented Jonny Lang.
“Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues”
Tickets & Such:
$49.75 & up online (This show is almost sold out!)
Atlanta, Sat. 1/12: Go see Rod Hamdallah and Marshall Ruffin at The Five Spot! Rod and Marshall are two of my favorite local musicians and both are making a name for themselves in the Atlanta blues scene. When they’re not busy touring the country with The Legendary Shack Shakers (Rod), The Dirt Daubers (Rod) and Flannel Church (Marshall), you might find one of them playing their own tunes at Darwin’s Bugers & Blues or Nik’s Place in Marietta, but rarely do they play on the same bill. Add Freeport, FL’s The Owsley Brothers to the mix and you’ve got a can’t miss lineup of blues rock.
Rod Hamdallah covers Bukka White’s “Fixin’ to Die” at The Earl in Atlanta…