#NewMusic This Week: Tinariwen, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Sam Roberts Band

Tinariwen at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, 2011

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.

Tour | iTunes | Vinyl

Sounds like: Terakaft, Bombino, Toubab Krewe

Hurray for the Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes:  After making our list of top 9 shows last April, Hurray for the Riff Raff are back with their new album, Small Town Heroes. Take a listen, buy the album and go see them live at Variety Playhouse on March 1st (opening for Shovels and Rope)!

Tour | iTunes | Vinyl | Sound like: The Carter Family, Shovels and Rope

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…

Tour | iTunes | Vinyl | Sounds like: Leagues


February Shows in Atlanta, #1: Eric Lindell and the Sunliners at Vinyl

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
  • Doors: 7pm / Show: 8pm
  • Opener: Anthony Crane
  • RSVP on Facebook
  • Vinyl, 1374 West Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

“Baby, where you going so fast. Girl, let’s make a good thing last. Ease your worried, weary mind and put your troubles all behind you…” from Low On Cash, Rich In Love

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February Shows in Atlanta, #5: Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang at Cobb Energy Centre

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!)
  • Show: 8pm
  • RSVP on Facebook
  • Cobb Energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy, GA 30339

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January Shows in Atlanta, #7: Rod Hamdallah and Marshall Ruffin at The Five Spot

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…

Tickets & Such:

  • $8 buy online
  • Doors: 8:30pm / Show: 9pm
  • Openers:  The Owsley Brothers, Marshall Ruffin
  • The Five Spot, 1123 Euclid Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

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