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Frampton Comes Acoustic

Frampton Comes Acoustic

By Jeff Maisey Imagine Peter Frampton sitting in your living room plucking away at his classic hits like “Show Me the Way” and “Do You Feel Like I Do.” That’s just the impression Frampton wanted to achieve with his 2016 album titled “Acoustic Classics.” “The whole idea for me was to strip away 40 years

Alabama Shakes and Rolls into Portsmouth

By Shannon Jay   Brittany Howard wanted to start a band ever since she witnessed former classmate and fellow bandmate Heath Fogg perform a concert in their middle school gym. Later, after meeting bassist Zac Cockrell in a psychology class, the peers joined forces after Howard taught herself guitar, bass, and drums. What started off

Culture Club Headlines American Music Festival

  By Jeff Maisey Few pop bands have made the dynamic one-two punch Culture Club did in the early ‘80s. The London-based group debuted in 1983 with the album “Kissing to be Clever,” which spawned three hit sings in “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “Time (Clock of My Heart)” and “I’ll Tumble 4

Bruce Hornsby Unlocks the Funhouse

By Jim Newsom   Bruce Hornsby’s got a brand new album and there’s not a single note played on piano. Hornsby, who lights up the Virginia Arts Festival with a three-day “Funhouse Fest” in Williamsburg this month, has built a 30-year recording career around his remarkable keyboard stylings. But with Rehab Reunion, he’s sticking with

Gill Landry Plays Bayou Boogaloo

By Jim Morrison   Gill Landry. Roll that around. Pause, ponder. Yes, Gill Landry is a longtime member of Old Crow Medicine Show. But the New Orleans resident also has a jagged solo career, releasing three albums, including his latest meditation, “Gill Landry,” last year. And, according to his bio, he’s a fine roadside photographer,

Chris Botti on Impressions, Streaming and Live Music

By Jeff Maisey   If jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and his band seem to be on the road a lot, with seemingly annual stops in Hampton Roads, he is. With the recorded music industry in disarray because of streaming services such as Pandora, popular acts like Botti have found survival of the fittest to be