Music: Americana ensemble Chatham County Line swinging through area with multiple shows

The four musicians in Chatham County Line had all been in rock or country-rock bands, working away at the usual array of noisy roadhouses and bars. Then in a move reminiscent of the old Steve Martin gag – “Let’s get really small!” – they all decided to try getting really quiet. The move to acoustic music…

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The Cadillac Three rocks Boston with twang

In our conversation a couple weeks back, lap steel guitar player Kelby Ray asserted that The Cadillac Three was really more of a rock band than a country act, despite how the Nashville trio may be perceived around the nation.Based on Thursday night’s 19-song, 95-minute show at The Paradise Rock Club in Boston, before about…

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Music: Americana sound rings true for Lola Kirke in cross-country tour

Lola Kirke grew up as the daughter of famous, successful parents, and she’s already carved out her own lustrous career acting in both films and TV. But this winter Kirke is driving cross-country in a van and playing small venue shows like any other struggling musician, and as far as she’s concerned that’s bliss.Kirke, 28,…

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James McMurtry talks redneck relatives, cruise ships and a ‘hell of a learning curve’

James McMurtry fascinates me.He gives off an old stoic vibe, Gen X American Gothic.I discovered him a few years back with the brilliant “Choctaw Bingo” — do yourself a favor and YouTube it — and was hooked.McMurtry is writing about Woody Guthrie’s America in the 21st century, but with Townes Van Zandt’s attitude and John…

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