Here are the best shows I saw in 2019:
Billy Strings - August - Four Corners Folk Festival - Pagosa Springs, CO
Headlined this up and coming festival. Tore it up in every way. Amazing.
DSO - 5/24 - Jubalee - Thornville, OH
My favorite of the 3 shows - Marcus King sits in on a blues tune. The second set
took off quickly and kept going, St Stephen into The 11 was great.
Amy Helm - July - Santa Fe Plaza -
Best of the free summer shows here. Soulful while paying fine tribute to her dad.
Rarities like a song from the Hawks days, a nice choice from Big Pink, and a song
Levon sang to her from his last days in the hospital. Great show.
Grateful Ball - August - Rhythms on the Rio - Southfork -CO (my favorite new fest)
A collaboration of several bands playing this fine fest; including The Traveling McCourys,
Vince Herman, Larry Keel and folks from the Infinite String Band played a fine set of Dead tunes.
Molly Tuttle - Four Corners Folk Festival - Pagosa Springs, CO
First time seeing this flat picking shredder. Strong song writing and a very good
band, except for the hired lead guitarist who posed a lot. Looking forward to seeing
Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives - May - The Liberty - Roswell, NM
Fun roadhouse venue. Able to stand two feet away from Marty and Kenny and see the
magic up close. A band worth seeing anywhere, any time. Not as wide ranging as the Lensic show last year.
The Juice - April - Tin Roof - Memphis, TN
Young band from Boston playing a wide range of sounds; Blues, Pop, Southern Rock, Rap.