|The post-holiday music cycle is kicking off nicely at the start of the New Year to say the least.
If the winter blues have you down, then there is sure to be recovery right around the corner with shows galore.
Starting this Saturday night, The Features have a return performance in Music City with The Kingston Springs at Mercy Lounge.
For a mere $12, you can get your fill of some of the catchiest melodies and carousel rock ‘n’ roll, and like others among the crowd, simply confess how much you love the band.
For an even cheaper price tag of $5, Star & Micey will be a top-notch show at The Boro Bar & Grill in Murfreesboro on Jan. 28. The Memphis-based trio will provide a smooth-folksy feel to the room with cherished lyricism in their live experience.
As February rolls around, it looks as if Cannery Ballroom is the place to be as Southern favorites Drive-By Truckers will host a two-night stand at the venue from Feb. 10-11.
Later in the month, resident Deadheads will embrace the return of Dark Star Orchestra on Feb. 20. This is the closest you can get to Jerry Garcia, unless it’s with a lineup that involves Bob Weir or Phil Lesh, so this should tickle any Deadhead’s fancy.
For lovers of country-soul, then definitely take note of Sam Lewis’ CD release show at The Basement on Feb. 6. An up and coming singer-songwriter, Lewis has a well-rounded cast of musicians for the night including top-picker Kenny Vaughan and RB Morris.
Marathon Music Works is Nashville’s newest live music venue and will host upcoming shows from Yonder Mountain String Band, O.A.R and Lotus. Located in the Marathon Village neighborhood, the warehouse style space is reminiscent of the former City Hall venue.
For the roots music fan, it’s a good idea to pay attention to some of the events at Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville with their Bluegrass Underground series.
Despite the cool factor of being under the earth, a multi-day taping event will be held from Feb. 24-26. With this comes an all-star bill of artists who will perform including The Civil Wars, Del McCoury Band, Vince Gill, The Black Lillies, Jerry Douglas and David Mayfield Parade among others. For information on this series, visit bluegrassunderground.com.
On the same note, Music City Roots offers a wide variety of artists each Wednesday night at Loveless Café outside of Nashville. Venturing into East Nashville will do you well with Derek Hoke’s Two-Dollar Tuesdays at The 5 Spot and a dose of Americana.
March may be in like a lion and out like a lamb, but if you’re a music enthusiast then you should take it slow and steady. The Black Crowe’s Rich Robinson will open up the month March 1 at Mercy Lounge with Amy LaVere opening in support. The venue will also host chill-wave favorite Neon Indian a week later March 10.
Band of Skulls are playing Cannery Ballroom on March 20 with a promising new band We Are Augustines. Band of Skulls’ track “Light of the Morning” has been featured on commercials for Mustang cars this past year. On the other side, We Are Augustines provided one of the top albums in 2011 with Rise Ye Sunken Ships and the song “Book Of James.”
It’s too late for tickets to The Head and the Heart show at Cannery on March 24, as all tickets have been sold out for weeks.
The winter months are also a good time to prospect some shows for the spring and grab tickets early.
The season looks promising with shows from French electronic outfit M83 and Nawlin’s bounce music from Galactic, among many others.
With Bonnaroo news just around the corner and a studded concert calendar for the winter and the coming spring months, it’s definitely a good time to be a music fan in the midstate.