Who said Valentine’s Day is all about cupid, roses, tulips, chocolate and all the other stuff?
John Driskell Hopkins and Balsam Range
Today, it’s about music and there are two shows that will take place on V-Day that deserve a mention and a listen as well.
First off, John Driskell Hopkins and Balsam Range are set to take the stage at The Basement in Nashville later tonight with a return visit at The Grand Ole Opry on March 8.
His latest album, “Daylight,” was released in January and has names like Jerry Douglas and Zac Brown listed on the credits to name drop a few, but Hopkins has made his rounds over the last 20 years which include time as a bass player, guitar player, singer and also a founding member of the Zac Brown Band.
He opens up the album howling and bustling on “Runaway Train” with power and might but also finds a quieter pace on tracks like “I Will Lay Me Down” and “Nothing.”
Longtime player Jerry Douglas had praise for the artist saying, “It’s been a long time since I’ve been in the thick of it, swattin’ it out with a bonafide bluegrass band with power vocals coming from a fellow with a pedigree like John Driskell Hopkins possesses.”
In similar fashion, Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers said “I’m excited for people to hear him in this raw and broken-down format, his unique voice front and center.”
Tickets for the show at The Basement are $5 and it begins at 7:30 p.m.
If bluegrass is not up your alley, then you can take a 180-degree turn and find yourself at Marathon Music Works for Flogging Molly’s Green 17 tour.
In its ninth year, the tour is a countdown for St. Patrick’s Day where the Celtic punk group celebrates in selected cities leading up to the final stop.
The group has included Nashville as one of the dates over the last few years and other artists on the bill for the night are Skinny Lister and David Hause.
The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets range from $29.50-$35.