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Big Head Blues with Todd Park Mohr at Rams Head On Stage

www.bigheadtodd.com Todd Park Mohr has made quite a transformation.  The former “big head” of Big Head Todd and the Monsters, casually welcomed a buzzing crowd at Rams Head On Stage last Friday, dressed in a beige blazer, dad jeans and a pair of black and neon orange running shoes (“I dress to impress,” he’d later say).  When he plugged in his electric acoustic guitar and a hands-free microphone headset, I wasn’t sure whether to expect a TED Talk or a Christian summer camp sing-a-long.  At first glance, he was decidedly the most uncool, cool guy in the room. His introduction was brief – he would accept Big Head Todd requests from the audience during the encore only, but explained his entire set would be comprised of old time folk and blues tunes, some of which, he said, “are more than… Read More >

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Country Songwriter Hayes Carll Comes to Annapolis – May 14th

blogs.dallasobserver.com When I’m sitting at the bar after a crap day and it seems like the next four days aren’t going to get any better, there’s nothing like a good country song to pick me up, get me thinking straight, and remind me that there are many days like these and many people in the same situation, if not much worse; so, there’s no use whining or worrying. And, when I say a good country song, I don’t mean mainstream country radio pop.  I’m talking country blues with a rough edge and lyrics written on a grimy bar napkin after shot number ten, just before the blackout sets in (depending on your tolerance…) – that faint moment when the haze clears and the brief mirage of an epiphany wafts through the space of your mind.  Now that’s the good stuff.… Read More >

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Little Barrie Blows Away Unsuspecting Annapolis Audience by Matt Ellis

Following a low-key, solo, acoustic opening act (courtesy of The Baby Grand – catch him at Silopanna this August) and a long wait, I was antsy for Little Barrie to begin their set at Rams Head On Stage on Tuesday night.  I forgave the trio as they arrived on stage (fashionably late as all true rockers should) sporting long hair styles straight out of the 60s, and adorned in shimmering black satin and retro punk denim.  The music lived up to the look.  The first song started off with a fat and funky bass line, followed by spastic, jazzed out drums, and a sizzling sampling of fuzzy, freakout guitar licks; the latter flying from the fingertips of diminutive axe wielder and singer Barrie Cadogan (hence the name Little Barrie), who often employs the “drone and mumble” vocal style popularized by… Read More >

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Ben Kweller Q&A: Plays Rams Head On Stage on May 5th

Ben Kweller is an interesting musical product of the 21st century indie scene.  His diverse catalog of songs is influenced by nearly every genre to spin off from the whirlwind that was the 20th century rock and roll movement, and he’s just as comfortable playing piano on a sweet and simple folk ballad as he is tearing apart a guitar solo with reckless abandon.  Not only is he a versatile musician, but his songwriting skills stand out, with stark honesty, against the busy backdrop of other indie folk out there today.  Below, Kweller explains how he got hooked on creating music at a young age and the journey he’s taken to build a sustained and successful solo artist in the cluttered and oft unforgiving music industry.  Tickets are still available for this show on Monday, May 5th at www.ramsheadonstage.com.  Doors… Read More >

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