Music wish list

I’m a little busy over the next few days with work and side-work projects. When I get busy, I start listening to lots of music. By accident, I found that one of the contractors working on my house gets into my kinda music. So, I’ve been sticking pretty much with stuff that is backed by acoustic guitars and people with a little twang in their voice.

I love all live music, from people singing in bars (If you like live music in bars I have to recommend KATY VIBES: REAL FOOD, REAL ENTERTAINMENT, the music is awesome and the bar suits live music so well) to superstar singers’ tours. I’ve been pretty fortunate to see more live music than the average bear. Still, there are some holes in my live music resume that I need to fill in within the next 20 years or so. In just the last year I’ve been able to pick up some remainders like The Black Crowes, Wood Brothers, and Sam Bush. I’m still missing a few and have no excuse other than they have never been where I have been. I post this here as a reminder to myself to stop sitting in my comfy chair so much.

Bands/artists I plan to see play live before I/they die, they break up, or I break down:

1. Steve Earle
2. Yonder Mountain String Band
3. Chris Knight (solo, acoustic)
4. The Gourds
5. Bob Dylan

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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10 Responses

  1. Pauly says:

    You can do Yonder this year for sure. They are playing Memphis next week and the HoB in WeHo at the end of April.

    The Gourds are in Charlotte in early April.

  2. Pauly says:

    Oh and Steve Earle is playing 4/20 at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. Great venue.

  3. Pauly says:

    And your boy Chris Knight is playing the Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack in Little Rock in mid April. I’m considering going just for the fried chicken alone.

  4. Strawberry Shortcake says:


    Please add:
    6. The Avett Brothers

    There, now your list is complete.

    You’ll dig ’em.

    Better hurry on the Dylan – I was fortunate enough to share that experience with my dear ole’ Daddy in Tampa a few years back. Lord if he didn’t look as old as his voice has always sounded….

  5. Uncle Ted says:

    Yonder is at Bonarado in June 🙂

  6. Pauly says:

    If you pay my travel & lodging expenses and a reasonable per diem, I will come to your house and sing Bob Dylan songs out of key including lyric flubs and several missing verses.

  7. the joker says:

    yonder is from denver/boulder, anytime you want to come out for a good time, open invitation. last 2 years they did 4 show runs for new years eve at the fillmore…

  8. uncle b says:

    Dylan came to St.L this past winter and everybody on the radio stations said it sucked. Even the classic rock dj’s said he was crappy. You wouldn’t think a few drugs would affect your ability to sing, but I reckon it does.

  9. I saw Dylan recently in Chicago with my-rock-star-boyfriend-mr-elvis-costello.

    It was surreal, but not in a good way.

    I know the lyrics to Dylan’s most popular songs, and couldn’t recognize a single one. Not one! It was so extreme that it felt like he was giving me the finger. Truly dreadful and a big waste of money. (Elvis was charming and delightful, as always.)

  10. Just to clarify…I didn’t *see* the show with Elvis, he opened for Dylan. Heh. And he never came back out to play any duets with Dylan. Very disappointing.

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