Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools is a Virginia native. When reached for a recent phone interview he sounded genuinely enthusiastic about his old home state hosting the Lockn’ Festival, a high-profile jam band bash taking place at Oak Ridge Estate in Arrington this Thursday through Sunday and featuring Grateful Dead offshoot Furthur, Trey Anastasio Band, the Black Crowes and the String Cheese Incident, among many others.
Through a two-and-a-half-decade career, Anders Osborne has consistently proven to be one of New Orleans’ most versatile musicians. Since releasing his debut album in 1989, Osborne has become a Crescent City mainstay, able to vary his sound from edgy Bayou blues (2001’s Ash Wednesday Blues) to introspective soulful folk-rock (2007’s Coming Down). He’s collaborated with […]
Joan Baez still possesses the unwavering ability to make any song her own, even when she didn’t write the lyrics. It comes from her voice, an unmistakable soaring soprano with nightingale soul that took her to the stage of the Newport Folk Festival at the tender age of 18 and still carries a music career […]
Last year, the Tom Tom Founder’s Festival debuted with a bold music line-up. While Josh Ritter delivered a spirited performance to a full house at the Haven, scattered shows by national acts, like the Walkmen and Futurebirds, were underattended. This year Tom Tom organizers are shifting the focus to local and regional bands, and beefing […]
Todd Snider lives on the other side of the tracks from the Music City establishment. It’s in his attitude as much as his address. With a reverence for Americana in its many forms, and a delivery that can mirror the wry wit of early Dylan or the earnest twang of John Prine, Snider tells humorous tales of sketchy characters and uses thought-provoking wisdom from the dive-bar underbelly to rail against what ails him.
“We’re always trying to strike a balance,” said Punch Brothers banjo player Noam Pikelny by phone. “We have a reputation for working up covers that surprise people. We love playing our versions of other people’s material and certain songs have become part of the band’s identity. But original music is still the driving force behind this band.”
It’s been more than two decades since Dave Matthews Band emerged from Charlottesville and forever altered the pop-rock landscape with rootsy jams highlighted by the juxtaposition of fiddle and sax. While small gigs at Trax and frat parties were the launch pad, the band belongs to the rest of the world now—with 37 million albums […]
Fueled by the passion of young love, the wanderlust of the open road and the thrill of chasing the rock ‘n’ roll dream, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent spend their days covering the highways of America in a Winnebago. At night the married couple takes the stage as Shovels and Rope and delivers raucous, stripped-down […]
Working out before the sun comes up is never easy. But it helps to have the support of some like-minded friends. That’s the attitude of the members of the Charlottesville Track Club, who meet every Wednesday morning at 5:30 for group speed workouts at the University of Virginia’s Lannigan Field Track. It’s just one of […]
The songs of Patterson Hood often tell vivid stories, even if they’re not always about the brightest subjects. Over a decade and a half and nine studio albums later, the Drive-By Truckers frontman has tackled rural economic plight, cancer clusters, and killing a banker to avoid foreclosure. His modern gothic tales are usually enhanced by […]
Wilco is in a good place. The band’s near-two-decade slog through the music world has had its fair share of adversity: addiction, line-up shuffles, and a gut-punch rejection from Reprise Records of what turned out to be its most successful album (2002’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot). Now, the band has held the same crew together for […]
Like this spring’s Mud Warrior in Gordonsville, the Adventure Challenge at Wintergreen features a strenuous course. But, don’t worry—each obstacle is optional! (Photo by Billy Hunt) Lately, a growing number of running races are featuring more than mileage between the start and finish lines. Series like the Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash, and Muddy Buddy are […]
Wet and wild: The Charlottesville Triathlon Club offers weekly swimming practices. (Courtesy CTC) If you’ve ever dreamed of fighting the vicious headwinds of Kona at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, the Charlottesville Triathlon Club can put you on the right road. As multidisciplinary competitions, triathlons usually combine running, biking, and swimming, and the amount […]
The Festy Experience (Photo by Tom Daly) Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. (June 7-10) bonnaroo.com Brave the Bonnaroo elements—dust, heat and the crowd of 80,000—and you’ll be rewarded with an incomparable musical overload. The multiple stages on the grounds of the 700-acre farm in Manchester—about an hour southeast of Nashville—feature a range […]
David Lowery wears many musical hats. He’s best known as the front man of Cracker—the popular alt-rock outfit that hit it big back in the early ‘90s with the platinum-selling album Kerosene Hat. But Lowery’s reach in the business is much greater than Cracker’s ubiquitous radio hits like “Low” and “Get Off This.” Before Cracker, he founded […]
Luther Dickinson (Photo by Brad Hodge) Luther Dickinson is best known as an electric guitar hero, whether he’s shredding hill country blues licks with his own North Mississippi Allstars or delivering gritty solos as lead axe man for the Black Crowes. Earlier this month, the Delta native decided to reveal his acoustic side in a […]
Happy trails: The Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club maintains and build paths for your riding pleasure. (Photo by Eric Kelley) Local fat tire fans have a lot to be excited about. Trails in and around Charlottesville have been multiplying in recent years, largely due to the hard work of the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club. […]
“It’s something my whole family will always remember.” Blues songstress Susan Tedeschi is talking about her late February performance at the White House, where she played for President Barrack Obama during a tribute to her genre alongside Mick Jagger, BB King, Buddy Guy and her husband, slide guitar wiz Derek Trucks.
Sons of Bill has always been a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, but on the brand new album, Sirens, the group heavily leans on the latter. To make the album, the local crew took a short drive down I-64 and recorded with help from Cracker front man David Lowery at […]
In good repair: Spencer Ingram’s Cville Bike Lab provides a space for cyclists to fix up their rides and get back on the streets. (Photo by John Robinson) Spencer Ingram wants to see more people riding bikes on Charlottesville’s city streets. That’s why he, along with a few business partners, recently opened the Cville Bike […]
Bands of brothers are nothing new. Whether it’s Stanley, Everly or Avett, sibling combos are well established across a range of musical generations and genres. But unlike the lifelong chemistry established by some family bands, Oliver and Chris Wood spent nearly two decades playing apart before finally coming together. The Wood Brothers band together at […]
Rock climbers in Charlottesville looking for a quick fix face a geographical conundrum. Reaching a decent crag requires at least 45 minutes in the car. Fortunately, for the past 18 years Rocky Top climbing gym has been a reliable Downtown vertical refuge, and soon the sanctuary for top-rope routes and bouldering training will see some […]
It’s been a big year for The Infamous Stringdusters. The dynamic five-man string band picked up a Grammy nomination for Best Country Instrumental, started an independent record label, High Country Recordings, and kicked off a sold-out bill in front of 10,000 people at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre this past summer. But as far as […]
I can’t resist a good music festival. From the Americana overload of North Carolina’s Merlefest to the eclectic jam rock orgy of California’s High Sierra Music Festival, I’ve burnt my vacation days over the years chasing the country’s top sonic galas. For me, a great festival is just as much about the setting as it […]