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Posted on Monday December 08, 2014 By Jessica Brasher


For the past 26 years, Warren Haynes has coordinated his annual Christmas Jam. Like a family reunion, the annual, one-of-a-kind, semi-structured marathon of music brings together old friends on stage and in the audience at the Civic Center Arena in Asheville, N.C. for one of the countries greatest live events. The London Times has rated it "One of the top ten concerts in the USA".

The lineup features artists Billy & The Kids, Gov’t Mule, Hard Working Americans FT. Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Chad Staehly and Duane Trucks, The Revivalists and Vince Gill. Special guest performers include Oteil Burbridge, Jackie Greene, Caleb Johnson, Kevn Kinney, Jack Pearson, Paul Riddle and Love Canon.

"Christmas Jam started 26 years ago as an opportunity for local musicians to jam at the one time of year they were all in town at the same time. Back then, we gave the money to whatever charity we felt like. As the event grew and we became aware of Habitat For Humanity, we settled on them because we believe in the organization and know the money goes where its supposed to."

Over the last seven years alone the event has donated over a million and a half dollars to Habitat For Humanity. Each year the concert continues to donate more than the year before with last years donation a record setting $500,000. The main goal continues to be providing housing for families who are in need.

For more info and updates please visit  Tickets for the event are available at Ticketmaster.

The Charlie Daniels Band at Iron City
Posted on Thursday November 06, 2014 By Jessica Brasher

Coming next Thursday, November 13, 2014 to Iron City is one of the greatest country music artists ever and living legend Charlie Daniels. The Charlie Daniels Band will perform along with special guests Lard Bucket Bluegrass and Max T. Barnes.

Recently we were given the opportunity to chat with Mr. Daniels. He talked a little about his most recent album, Off The Grid – Doin’ It Dylan. When asked if the show at Iron City was considered in support of the album he said we would probably hear a couple songs off the album but “will do the tunes people have perfect right and expect us to do.” Mr. Daniels also talked a little about his song “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”, what keeps him going and what he loves most about his career. In reference to Charlie Daniels Band upcoming show at Iron City Mr. Daniels concluded, “We lookin’ forward to gettin’ down there and pickin’ for ‘em! We always do!”

For tickets and more info visit Iron City Birmingham.

To hear our chat with Mr. Charlie Daniels click here. You can also check it out  in the Media section under Podcasts along with all of our latest interviews.

Black Jacket Symphony presents The Beatles "Abbey Road"
Posted on Sunday November 02, 2014 By Jessica Brasher

The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for each album, with no sonic detail being overlooked--the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album.

In only a few short years, Black Jacket Symphony has mastered some 15 classic albums by such iconic musicians as Fleetwood Mac, Price, Michael Jackson, The Eagles, Pink Floyd and The Beatles among others.

The performance is separated into two sets--the first set features the album being recreated as a true symphonic piece. The second set, which features a selection of the album artist's "greatest hits", opens in full contrast to the first set with an incredible light display and the symphony being much more laid back. The tone is set very quickly that this is going to be the musicianship of the first act paired with all the bells and whistles of a major rock and roll show.

Among legendary rock groups over the last seven decades, The Beatles is universally recognized as one of the most innovative and influential. Because 2014 is the 50th Anniversary of The Beatle’s First American Tour, The Ritz felt the perfect Black Jacket Symphony concert should be the final album by the ‘Fab Four’ as a band – ABBEY ROAD.


Performing Friday, November 14, 2014 at 7:00pm at The Talladega Historic Ritz Theatre, The Black Jacket Symphony presents Abbey Road.

This is an event that is sure to sell out so get your tickets TODAY!


"Word spreads quickly when a new BJS show is announced, and it's tough ticket to get." - The Birmingham News

"No, Black Jacket Symphony doesn't look a thing like The Beatles. They don't begin to try. But what they offered last night was pure, superb Beatles music." - Jude Kesslere, John Lennon Biographer



Mike Doughty Brings His Qustion Jar Show to Bottletree
Posted on Wednesday October 29, 2014 By Tre Brannum

Mike Doughty, the former front man of the band Soul Coughing, stops into The Bottletree on Halloween night to perform his entertaining and unique "Question Jar" show. Touring in support of his new record, "Stellar Motel", Doughty continues to fuse jazz-alternative with smart hip-hop. Except this time, he's doing it his way.

After years of performing with a band that didn't quite match his creative vision (understatement of the year) Doughty picked up where he left off and has released a string of solo album's. Last years "Circles Super Bon Bon...." shows fans what the songs we all enjoyed in the late 90's were supposed to sound like. His latest record pushed his signature sound to the next level by collaborations with artists you may not know, but you know you should get to know.

On Halloween night, Doughty performs what he calls his Question Jar show. In addition to performing songs throughout his extensive catalog, Doughty encourages fans to write questions and place them in an on-stage jar. He then randomly selects a question, and answers them in the honest way that only he can. The questions have ranged from insightful inquiries of life in the music biz, to the strange and bizarre. There are no rules, which always makes for an entertaining night.

Stop by the podcast section to hear our chat with Mike Doughty.

Also performing are Birmingham's own Downright, and Mandi Rae. Tickets are $15 and the show starts at 8 pm.

What Happened to the Female Rapper?
Posted on Tuesday October 28, 2014 By Alex Lafosta aka Poor Frisco

It's no secret that hip-hop has changed over the years. With every generation, music -- along with the culture -- evolves.  It could be debated whether rap music has changed for the better or worse, but what can't be argued is the noticeable lack of women in the rap game. Hip-hop hasn't always been the boy's club that it is today. Queen Latifah, Foxy Brown, MC Lyte, Eve, Salt n Peppa, Lil Kim, and Missy Elliott are just a handful of women that changed the genre forever. But what's happened since then? When the Drake’s and the J Cole’s of the world started popping up, where were the women to take the place of artists like L Boogie and Da Brat? It could be blamed on the climate of the industry, but surely the reason isn’t that women haven't become disinterested in hip-hop. There;s a gaggle of underground female rappers that have the chops to contend with their more popular male counterparts. Now, when over-sexualized rappers like Iggy and Nicki are the most recognizable females in hip-hop, it's clear that there is sexual equality in rap has taken a large step back since the 90’s. Here are just a few female artists who, God willing, will add a women's touch to the rap game.

Nitty Scott MC