Everyone can exhale now that the Grammys are over. Congratulations to the winners, and to the other nominees too. In case you missed the fine print of the winners in the Americana genres. They included Rosanne Cash‘s three awards (Best American Roots Performance, Best American Roots Song and Best Americana Album), Old Crow Medicine Show for Best Folk Album, The Earls of Leicester for Best Bluegrass Album and the late Johnny Winter for Best Blues Album. Also worth noting the Best Boxed Set Packaging when to The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One, Best Historical Album was Hank Williams – The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 and Glen Campbell won Best Country Song (more Campbell news in an upcoming post).
Top Show: Father John Misty (sometimes known as Josh Tillman) headlines the Roxy with Guy Blakeslee opening.
Top Show(s): Israel Nash has a cool psychedelic twang thing going that recalls Neil Young. Check him out at the Echo. English singer/songwriter Ben Howard, touring behind his recent album I Forget Where We Were, will perform at the Shrine Expo Hall.
Nicole Atkins will be rocking at the Bootleg HiFi.
Top Show(s): Liam Hayes, who has called a “cult pop craftsman,” comes to L.A. from the U.K. with a new album Slurrup (on Fat Possum) and a gig at the Hotel Café. Also at the Café tonight is the rising songstress Natalie Prass.
Top Show(s): Americana stars The Avett Brothers can be found tonight at Pomona’s Fox Theater and tomorrow night at Long Beach’s Terrace Theater, with the talented (and former Old Crow Medicine Show-man) Willie Watson serving as opener. The beguiling Jessica Lea Mayfield will be at the Echo.
Babes in Toyland are back with their Fontanelle-era lineup for a show at the Roxy and ALO brings their Tour d’Amour IX to the Trobadour with T Sisters opening.
Top Show(s): The sister duo Lily & Madeleine headline the Troubadour with Young Summer and Shannon Hayden also on the bill. Their CD Fumes is an intoxicating delight. The always interesting Dr. Dog play the Wiltern with Hanni El Khatib.
Local country mainstays I See Hawks In L.A. can be seen at Coffee Gallery Backstage with guitar maven Tony Gilkyson also on the bill. The Dodos have a new CD, Individ, and a show at the Roxy, with the impressive young L.A band Springtime Carnivore opening (so come early).
Top Show: Tickets are scarce, if at all getable for Jorma Kaukonen’s shows tonight and tomorrow at McCabe’s. He has a fine, folky CD Ain’t In No Hurry coming out in a few days.
What’s Valentine’s Day without a little “hart.” Beth Hart will fill the El Rey with her blues-fused rock. She has a new CD Better Than Home arriving in April. Cult kingpins Sparks performs their key album Kimono My House (an all-time great title) and other tunes with a 38-piece orchestra at the Ace Hotel. The Bootleg HiFi will host the eclectic local outfit Vaud and the Villains.
Top Show: Afrobeat-ists Antibalas team up with Zap Mama for a special concert at the Broad Stage.
The Watkins Family Hour welcomes Glen Phillips to Largo and the Stone Foxes travel down from San Francisco for a show at Hermosa Beach’s Saint Rocke.