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Rodney Crowell, Shannon McNally Share Stage in Annapolis – April 30th

Photo Credit:  countryhq.com.au Country music fans will get a sweet deal this Wednesday when Rodney Crowell comes to town to perform with  special guest/modern day, honky-tonk chanteuse Shannon McNally AND Steuart Smith (Eagles fame) at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis. Crowell is the prolific, Grammy-winning songwriter who learned the tools of his well-worn trade alongside a young Steve Earle at Guy and Susanna Clark’s bustling Nashville home in the mid-1970s (immortalized in the historic documentary, “Heartworn Highways”).  He paired up with Emmy Lou Harris for 2013’s emotive “Old Yellow Moon,” earning them each a Grammy and Americana Music Award for Best Americana Album, and on April 15th this year, he unleashed “Tarpaper Sky,” an instant classic featuring the same band lineup that helped make his 1988 release, “Diamonds and Dust,” one of the darlings of the denim-and-rhinestone decade. Now, 40… Read More >

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Aaron Lewis at Rams Head Live! on April 9th – *Tickets Still Available*

Aaron Lewis is the lead singer for American alt-rock band, Staind.  If you listened to any rock radio station in the late 1990s-early 2000s, you almost certainly heard Lewis belting out the ballad “So Far Away,” or “It’s Been A While.”  But, before the band ever came together, Lewis played intimate solo acoustic shows in Massachusetts, starting at age 17 and earning local notoriety before helping form Staind in 1994.  Staind sold 15 million albums worldwide, had eight top ten singles, and three number one hits.  When Staind drummer Jon Wysocki left the band in 2011, Staind announced they’d be going on hiatus, and Lewis, who’d poured his life into that band for more than fifteen years, returned to his acoustic roots. He found new musical freedom outside the band and made plans to record his first solo album called… Read More >

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Jake Shimabukuro Stuns Rams Head Audience – by Matt Ellis

Photo Credit:  jakeshimabukuro.com The ukulele:  it is the one instrument that embodies the spirit of Hawaii, the tropical island lifestyle, the shimmering seas and emerald hills of that far off Pacific paradise.  Before Monday night, I’d never thought of it as a particularly versatile instrument.  It produces a beautiful sound for sure – like pins dropping in heavenly melodies. These days it seems the ukulele has been reserved for laid back strumming and new generation hipsters who find its lack of mainstream prevalence appealing. But, one instrumental musician stands to change that perception.  With a ukulele in his hands, Jake Shimabukuro transforms from a slender, unassuming young man into a bonafide axe wielder of guitar god proportions.  Shimabukuro grew up in Hawaii, has played ukulele since he was four years old, and credits his mastery of the instrument to a… Read More >

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Todd Rundgren Rocks Rams Head On Stage – by Matt Ellis

Photo Credit:  raleighmusic.com Todd Rundgren growled at the sold-out Rams Head On Stage crowd last night:  “The theme of the night is befuddlement…” Sticking tightly to that loose theme of confusion and unpredictability, Rundgren and his motley crew of musicians wove their way through an eclectic tapestry of classic and not-so-classic tunes, while Rundgren maintained his familiar, if somewhat off kilter, rapport with the audience.  “People seem to like it when I talk,” he smirked in a deep, grumbling voice that can only be compared to that of comedian Lewis Black.  “Tonight, I don’t even know what I’m going to play next, so these guys are going to be really confused,” Rundgren added, motioning to his band mates, who, in a fitting reflection of the great variety of music to be played, all looked like they had been plucked from… Read More >

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