October Ray of Light: Sundogs Trio (w Benji) at JCT Friday, KT and Bradley Cole Smith together Saturday

The Sundogs Trio (w Benji on bass) at JCT Kitchen, Friday 10/21

SteeldogsThere is literally no better time to sit on a porch– any porch– than in October in Atlanta, GA. So, this Friday, The Sundogs Trio invites you to sit with us on the best porch, the one at JCT Kitchen, to enjoy some tunes with us. As an added bonus our compatriot Benji Shanks will join us for some songs on the bass guitar (yes, he can play 4 strings as well as 6.)


It’s free admission and the JCT service and food are outstanding. Show starts at 8 PM, bring the family.

Kevin Thomas joins Bradley Cole Smith Band for GinaWeen, Saturday 10/22

KT on fireKT will be joining our frequent collaborator Bradley Cole Smith and his excellent band for Ginaween 2016, on Friday at the Hanover West Clubhouse in Buckhead. Since 2011, GinaWeen has raised over $ 100,000 and all proceeds from the event go to the American Cancer Society.


Event starts at 5:30 and music starts at 7— tis very family friendly.

View from Stage Left

HISS HISS levee– There are few better things in our world than discovering a new band, falling in love with their music and then watching them grow as they come through your town. Especially if they’ve just released the best album of the year. Such is/was the case on Sunday night when Hiss Golden Messenger played at Terminal West, fresh off the release of their wonderful 4th album “Heart Like a Levee.” This was the best night of music that these eyes and ears have seen in quite some time and reinforces what music could and should be all about. For two hours on Sunday night, 150 people (on a Sunday, after a late Falcons game) were treated to M.C. Taylor’s great band with heavyweights Phil Cook, Scott Hirsch and Ryan Gustafson (who opened the show as well) playing songs like Biloxi and Say it Like You Mean It and Southern Grammar that honestly could’ve gone on forever as far as we were concerned. It was transcendent, positive, emotional and inspiring. There is nothing I can recommend higher.


DBT– Protest records and songs used to be the norm. In a way it’s what rock music used to be all about, from Pete Seeger to Woody Guthrie to Joan Baez to Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen. But at least in rock and especially country music, it’s just not done anymore, bands are scared of alienating their audience, even more so after what happened to the Dixie Chicks years ago, something from which they’ve only just now recovered. Well, the 50 year old dudes from Drive-By Truckers have released a full scale protest album, “American Band,” just in time for this (awful) election. However you feel about the themes, and their stance on the issues, I love seeing them take a passionate stand and not really care about the reaction (and they REALLY don’t care) and how it might affect their success. All that aside it’s a badass record, maybe their best since they parted ways with Isbell. Check out this BURNER-“Ramon Casiano” and this beauty, “Guns of Umqua“.


dexateens– Those two are just the cream of what has been an incredible run of new releases over the past few weeks– The triumphant return of THE DEXATEENS, the best so far from our boys Blackberry Smoke, new ones from Shovels & Rope, Kings of Leon (despite the really stupid album cover), Phish (that’s right), The Dead Horses, Marc Ford,Brent Cobb, Scott Hirsch (yep, from Hiss Golden Messenger), Steve Gunn and Paul Cauthen are all worth your time and attention. Dial them up and treat yo’ self.


– Last thing about the Hiss show, before the encore (which was Day O Day), someone in the crowd asked Mike to make a political statement. He said “A political statement? How about putting something beautiful into the world?” Damn right.


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