This Week’s Newly Announced Shows at Rams Head On Stage

Matthew Sweet
Saturday, August 24
GENRE: Pop/Rock

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During a career that stretches back to the mid-’80’s, Matthew Sweet has never followed trends, though his landmark 1991 album Girlfriend was responsible for starting one—its bone-dry, caterwauling sonics opening up a wild and picturesque new terrain for restless singer/songwriters to inhabit and explore. Two decades later, Matthew Sweet has once again swung for the fences—and connected—with the boldly experimental yet still deeply personal Modern Art.

Popular songs from that album were “Girlfriend”, “I’ve Been Waiting”, “Evangeline” and “Divine Intervention” (my personal favorite).

For Fans Of: Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Nine Inch Nails, R.E.M., Wilco, Ryan Adams

Sarah Jarosz
Sunday, September 8
GENRE: Folk/Pop

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Sarah Jarosz has as rich a skill set as anybody in acoustic music. She plays, not just one instrument, but enough of them to be a one-woman string band: mandolin, octave mandolin, clawhammer banjo and guitar. She sings – in supple tones that transcend the boundaries between folk and pop – and she writes – old-timey ballads and modern singer-songwriter ruminations alike.

Sarah has attracted fans of folk, rock, country and old time music with her voice and multi-instrumental abilities.

On May 19, 2013, at the age of 21, Sarah graduated from the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA with a Bachelor of Music degree in Contemporary Improvisation with Academic Honors. Just as her first record came after her graduation from high school and her second at the end of her sophomore year, Sarah’s next record, slated for a fall release, marks the completion of this important milestone. With her first two records each earning Grammy and Americana Music Association nominations, and previously having won four Austin Music Awards, the bar is set high for this next album.

For Fans Of: Hem, Elephant Revival, The Civil Wars, Gillian Welch

Randall Bramblett
Thursday, September 12
GENRE: Pop/Rock/R&B

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“Randall is in my opinion one of the most gifted & talented southern singer-songwriter musicians of the past several decades.” ~ Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers)

RANDALL BRAMBLET has kept great company over the years. From his early career with Capricorn Records (Cowboy, Gregg Allman, Sea Level) to his more recent tours with Widespread Panic, Traffic, Steve Winwood and most recently Bonnie Raitt, he has worked with the best in the business. The Meantime, his most recent release, presents a sultry blend of ambient folk, jazz, traditional piano and seductive vocals, the music romantic and mesmerizing in the vein of Norah Jones or The Blue Nile.

For Fans Of: Delbert McClinton, Mike Zito, Jason Isbell, Joe Bonamassa, Anders Osborne, Donna The Buffalo

Bleu, Tom McBride, & Will Dailey: Presented by Pledgemusic
Monday, September 16
GENRE: Pop/Rock/Folk

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Bleu:


Bleu is a pop artist, professional songwriter and producer. His latest solo CD, FOUR, was released on his own record label through Redeye Distribution due in part to his very successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign for which he won “Best Music Project 2010” (Kickstarter Awards). FOUR has been critically admired in the press by LA Weekly, Sunday Times UK, Classic Rock Magazine UK, American Songwriter, All Music Guide, Boston Herald, Huffington Post and many more. Bleu’s work as a professional songwriter and producer has landed him cuts on Platinum and Gold selling records by artists like: Jonas Brothers, Boys Like Girls, Selena Gomez, Jon McLaughlin, Kate Voegele, Hanson and many more.

Tom McBride:


The Boston native has logged over 300 shows across the country over the past few years, has performed at CMJ, Folk Alliance & SXSW and his songs have been featured on AAA-radio stations across the country as well as within print and on-line magazines like American Songwriter, Spark Magazine, & Bootleg Magazine among many others. McBride has recently shared the stage with notable acts such as Dawes, William Elliot Whitmore, Futurebirds, Ellis Paul, Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed, Ben Taylor, Charlie Mars among others.

Will Dailey:


Will Dailey is an acclaimed recording and performing artist, who is a two-time winner of the Boston Music Award for Best Singer/Songwriter. Dailey has released two full-length albums (Back Flipping Forward and Torrent) through CBS Records and his music has been featured on over 50 TV programs and films. He has appeared on stage with Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp at two of their philanthropic Farm Aid concerts, and recently completed work on a Stephen King/John Mellencamp project produced by T Bone Burnett. After seeing Will Dailey in concert, the New York Post’s Dan Aquilante favorably contrasted him with the performers on American Idol, writing, “Forget the last five months of force-fed artificial pop music on TV that just crowned a king (who I’m betting will be forgotten as quickly as he was created) – Will Dailey is the real deal.”

Martin Sexton
Friday & Saturday, October 18 & 19
GENRE: Folk/Pop/Rock

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Martin Sexton is one of the modern legends on the independent folk music circuit with loyal fans attuned to his every quip, and for good reason. Sexton is a powerhouse of sound. This is a singer-songwriter who doesn’t neglect the singer side of the equation; he’s got a voice that’ll grab you by the soul and demand both your attention and your heart. And if you never thought a Boston folkie’s pipes could give Al Green a run for his money, think again as his vocal style can only be described as truly soulful, combining the best qualities of singers like Van Morrison, Al Green, Aaron Neville, and Otis Redding.

Regardless of his reputation as a musician’s musician, Sexton can’t keep Hollywood away. His songs can be heard in many feature films and television including NBC’s Scrubs, Parenthood and Showtime’s hit series Brotherhood.

The accolades continue. Billboard called Sexton’s version of “Working Class Hero” for the Lennon tribute/benefit in 2010 “chill-inspiring.” Released this November as part of The 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute album, the track is available on iTunes.

For Fans Of: Amos Lee, Greg Brown, Steve Earle, Dawes, Boz Scaggs, Ray LaMontagne

Griffin House
Sunday, November 10
*ALL AGES MATINEE
GENRE: Pop/Rock

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A Nashville-based musician with a Midwestern upbringing, Griffin House has won critical acclaim for his mix of sentimental melodies, ambient guitars, and sparse arrangements and his heartfelt musicianship has captured the hearts of audiences across the nation.

From being featured on the CBS Sunday Morning Show, to touring with the likes of John Mellencamp and the Cranberries, House continues to gain national recognition and currently is headlining his own tour across the U.S.

For Fans Of: Josh Ritter, Iron & Wine, Family of the Year, Mumford & Sons

Blood, Sweat & Tears
Thursday, December 5
TWO SHOWS
GENRE: Pop/Rock/Jazz with heavy horns!

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A musical institution, Blood, Sweat & Tears has left an indelible mark on the American music scene since 1968. One of the greatest horn bands in the history of popular music, their alumni roster reads like a Who’s Who of the world’s greatest jazz and rock musicians. As the band has evolved through the years, it has maintained its commitment to high standards by including in its current roster the most talented musicians available.

For Fans Of: Chicago, Rare Earth, Al Kooper, Three Dog Night, The Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive

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  1. September 14th, 2013
    Arminda says:

    Very nice article. I absolutely love this site. Thanks!

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