Live Country Music: Brantley Gilbert, Jack Ingram and Rachel Farley at the Greek Theatre

By Mike Finkelstein On a perfect Friday evening, KKGO radio hosted a triple bill bonanza showcasing the new sound of country music at the Greek Theatre.  What transpired was lovingly devoured by one of the most enthusiastic and attractive crowds you could hope to see.  It was beautiful. The bands rocked and the crowd rolled… Read More Live Country Music: Brantley Gilbert, Jack Ingram and Rachel Farley at the Greek Theatre

Picks of the Week: Sept. 18 – 23

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept 19. (Wed.) Catharine Russell.  Her resume includes gigs and recordings with the likes of Paul Simon, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Michael Feinstein.  But she’s very much the “real thing” according to critic Nat Hentoff.  And why not?  Her father, pianist Luis Russell, was Louis Armstrong’s music director.  Catalina… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 18 – 23

Live Music: Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson at the Greek Theatre

By Mike Finkelstein On Friday night the Greek Theatre audience was treated to an appealing and rather rare double bill of legendary country singer/songwriters Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson.  The format called for Haggard’s band, the Strangers, to back both men as they swapped songs for an hour and forty-five minutes.   Given the wealth of top… Read More Live Music: Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson at the Greek Theatre