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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Margaret Glaspy at Johnny Brenda’s, Dead & Co at BB&T Pavillion, Kevin Morby at Boot and Saddle

Margaret Glaspy
Margaret Glaspy | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

She’s new to ATO Records, and soon she could be a household name. For now, we’re lucky enough to experience Margaret Glaspy at Johnny Brenda’s where she’ll play tonight. Last Friday, she released her debut record Emotions and Math. In April, she stopped by for a Folkadelphia Session. Give it a listen below and head to the XPN Concert Calendar for all the details on tonight’s gig. Continue reading →

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An intimate affair with Kevin Morby and Ryley Walker at Boot and Saddle

Ryley Walker | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
Ryley Walker | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

The house lights were still up and upbeat pop music was coming from the speakers hanging from the ceiling, when unannounced, a man in a coat and winter hat with its ear flaps down to his chin took the stage and began tinkering with a guitar. Just a couple minutes later another fellow emerged from the crowd and sat down behind the keyboard at center stage, seemingly adjusting its volume and softy warming up his fingers with different chords. At that moment, this show stated that it’d be an intimate affair.

Ryley Walker then stepped onto the stage in same way, picked up his guitar and sat down at his microphone before taking one last long pull from his can of beer. While he started plucking at his 12-string, his accompaniment seemed to get louder and the house lights dropped. Walker took a deep breath and murmured a relaxed “All right,” into the mic, as they set up the head of “Summer Dress.” Continue reading →

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Listen to “Slow Train” by Kevin Morby and Cate Le Bon (playing Boot & Saddle on 1/17)

Kevin Morby | photo via www.facebook.com/kevinrobertmorby
Kevin Morby | photo via www.facebook.com/kevinrobertmorby

East coast / west coast musician Kevin Morby (Woods, The Babies) released his debut solo record Harlem River in November.  In January, he’ll be stopping by Boot & Saddle to open for Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon, and the two teamed up recently to record “Slow Train” for Morby’s LP.  The track is a slow burner, with smooth-pop arrangements and Morby’s easygoing vocals.  For her part, Le Bon’s smoky harmonizing gives “Slow Train” subtle dimension and depth.  Stream the song below and pick up tickets to their 21+ show on January 17th here.