JT Hodges Lays it Down at the Wolf Den

 

JT Hodges
JT Hodges

Show Dog-Universal recording artist, JT Hodges brought his eclectic sound to the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Casio in Uncasville, CT on Thursday April 3rd. Hodges has been hitting it hard since his 2012 self titled debut release and brought a selection of new songs that he has been hard at work on to incorporate into his live show. Sticking true to his roots, Hodges continues to write from the heart, the way song should be written.

The 90 minute show consisted of crowd favorites such as “Goodbyes Made You Mine”, “Sleepy Little Town” and his first single “Hunt You Down” with a great mix of covers such as

JT Hodges
JT Hodges

“Hurts So Good” by John Mellencamp and the ever popular “Sledgehammer” from Peter Gabriel. Hodges has picked more of the unique covers to add to his set rather than some of the mundane ones that you hear every band play. I feel that this sets JT apart at brings out who he is as a musician.

 

JT Hodges
JT Hodges

Hodges brought the rockin’ beat of his new single “Lay It Down” that was released just the week before this show. This edgy new track, co-written by Eric Paslay is a perfect opening into what JT’s sophomore album is going to bring and if this is the direction, big things are about to happen for JT Hodges.

If you have not seen JT Hodges live, check out his website, jthodges.com and find a show near you. You can also go to iTunes and get the new single “Lay It Down” here

JT Hodges
JT Hodges

The Pretty Reckless Rock Boston

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The Pretty Reckless rocked the Paradise in Boston to close out the first leg of their tour. This was a show that I was looking forward to for some time. The Pretty Reckless is one of my favorite bands to photograph and is one of the best live bands on the scene today. Along with The Pretty Reckless was supporting act Heaven’s Basement, a heavy hitting, in your face pure rock band from the UK.

_DSC0940-editThis was my first introduction to Heaven’s Basement and I was blown away before they finished their first song. Heaven’s Basement released their first single from their debut album, Filthy Empire titled “Fire, Fire” in 2012 and the title says it all……they are on fire! For a band that has only been on the scene for a few years, they have perfected their craft and would appear to have been at this for much, much longer. With other titles such as “Welcome Home”, “Heartbreaking Son of a Bitch” and “I am Electric” this band is just in the beginning stages of becoming something much bigger.

_DSC1001-edit-100dpiNow that the audience was fired up from Heaven’s Basement, The Pretty Reckless took the stage for the last show of the fall leg of their tour. Having seen this band many times in the past, I knew I would be in for a real treat. Well, The Pretty Reckless did not let me down. Kicking off their set with a brand new song “Follow Me Down”, this band was in your face from the first note.

Playing through songs such as “Since You’re Gone”, “Hit Me Like a Man” and “My Medicine”, the packed room of the Paradise sang every word back to the band, even at times overpowering the band themselves. Two of the crowd favorites at most every show seem to be “Zombie” and “Make Me Wanna Die” which seem to get the crowed pumped up. They even played a cover of Audioslave’s “Like a Stone” in their encore. _DSC0951-edit

With a mix of new and old, The Pretty Reckless filled the room with a few of the new tracks off the upcoming album “Going to Hell” (Release date March 18, 2014). For many of us, this has been a long awaited release. If the rest of the album sounds anything like what I have heard so far, “Going to Hell” will remain on my playlist for some time.

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The Pretty Reckless is getting ready to embark on the Snocore Tour with tour mates Heaven’s Basement which kicks off next week on January 29th in Lincoln, NE. This tour will take them across the U.S. and onto Europe and the U.K. Be sure to visit http://www.goingtohell.me to see the list of tour dates……..don’t miss this band!

Craig Morgan lights the Bonfire in New Hampshire

DSC_9820-editCraig Morgan, along with Uncle Kracker made a pass through New England at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the end of 2013. While having never seen any of the acts on the bill, I was looking forward to what the show was to bring. I can say that I was very pleased with the results.

DSC_9702-editA newer acts to the county scene, Jana Kramer made a strong first impression. While many of her songs on her self titled debut are a bit more laid back, her live show packs a punch. Along with her strong vocals and a tight band, she brings life to her songs. Kramer even added a few familiar songs to her set such as “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd leading into her second single off her album “Whiskey.” She also covered Jo Dee Messina’s “Bye Bye.”

Well known performer, Uncle Kracker was next up to entertain theDSC_9739-edit crowd. Kracker has made a huge step in the crossover market of rock, country and hip-hop and was a fitting act for this show. His stage set was nothing fancy, just him and his band and I feel that it brought more attention to the performance, and a good one at that. Playing all of his hits, such as “”Good To Be Me”, “Smile”, and the very well known duet with Kenny Chesney  “When the Sun Goes Down”. No, Chesney was not at the show.

DSC_9805-edit-100dpiKicking off his set with “International Harvester”, Craig Morgan wowed the crowd with his action packed performance. While Morgan might seem like a newer country artist to many, his self titled debut album was released in May of 2000. With a back catalog of thirteen years, Morgan had plenty of songs to play all night, and I wished he had. Craig has polished and fine tuned himself over these years and it shows. Songs such as “This Ole Boy”, “Little Bit of Life” and huge hits like “Bonfire” and Redneck Yacht Club” filled the arena and the ears of the crowd.

There are so many great artists out there today, it is nearly impossible to listen to each and everyone of them, but I can assure you I will be listening and following Craig Morgan much more than I have been over the last few years. I am looking forward to catching Morgan again real soon.

A Thousand Horses Shine in Keene New Hampshire

A Thousand Horses made a stop along with Gregg Allman at the Colonial Theater in Keene New Hampshire on a cold rainy night in November. While playing to a sold out audience, A Thousand Horses put a different twist on their show, playing an acoustic set. Having caught these guys a few times in the past, I was really looking forward to hear their approach to playing their songs acoustically.

With guitars in hand, Michael Hobby, Bill Satcher, Zach Brown and Graham DeLoach dug into notes of their songs such as “Tennessee Whiskey”,  “A Thousand Horses” and their latest release, “Drunk Dial.” From the first note, I was hooked. Their acoustic set was amazing. Michael Hobby’s vocals shined through the mellowness of the acoustic set.

The band received a huge response from the packed house and I’m sure attracted many new followers. Their sound, a modern twist on that classic rock/country sound was a perfect fit paired with Greg Allman. A Thousand Horses has been working hard at perfecting their craft and it seems that they have hit the nail on the head.

Be sure to keep an eye out for these guys. Having had the privilege to hang out and get to know A Thousand Horses, I can assure you that these guys are the real deal and some of the most down to earth guys you could meet. Catch them on an upcoming show with acts such as Gregg Allman and Darius Rucker. You can see the list of tour dates at http://www.athousandhorses.com

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JT Hodges Kicks Off The Fall Season

The fall season was kicked off at the Washington County Fair in Richmond Rhode Island. This typical fall fair has all that you could ask for; Fried dough, tractor pulls, animals and live entertainment. Many acts grace the stage over the 4 day long fair. To close out the fair was Nashville recording artist, JT Hodges.

JT Hodges, along with his 3 piece band, entertained the ever growing crowd with not one, but two shows on the fairs last day. There were some big fans of Hodges at the fair that claimed their spot early to get that prized viewing spot. There were some fans that stayed for both performances.

Hodges has been hard at work, working on the follow-up to his 2012 release “JT Hodges” Along with playing favorites such as “Hunt You Down” and “Goodbyes Made You Mine”, JT gave the audience a preview of some of his new material. After listening to his new material, I am eager to hear the entire album when it gets released (No release date as of yet).

Still a relative newcomer to the scene, Hodges has an old school vibe to his voice. Seeing him perform, you get a sense of some of Hodges idols; Elvis, Buddy Holly and The Eagles…….just to name a few. Having had the privilege to see and work with JT on several occasions, he just keeps getting better and better. This is one performer to keep an eye on.

So keep your eyes and ears open for those new songs from Hodges, including the November 5th holiday release “Joy To The World.” Also catch JT Hodges in the Hallmark Channel’s “Finding Christmas” on December 15th. This is just the start of the next big thing from JT Hodges.

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Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls Kick off Their Tour

The Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty  along with opener Kate Earl kicked off their summer tour at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester New Hampshire. These are two powerhouse bands that have stood the test of time through many changes in the music industry. Kate Earl kicked off the show with a short set displaying her edgy folk/pop styling.

The Goo Goo Dolls would take the stage next and kick things off with a song off their 2013 release “Magnetic” called “Last Hot Night”. In a career that is closing in on 30 years, you could say that John Rzeznik, Robby Takac and Mike Malinin have paid their dues. Having stayed pretty much under the radar for many years, it was not until the release of their single “Name” off their 1994 release “A Boy Named Goo” that they really took their place in the industry.

With a career that has spanned this long, the Goo Goo Dolls have built up an extensive catalog of music which they shared with the audience. Playing hits such as “Iris”, “Black Balloon” and “Slide”, they continue to pack arenas with an action packed show that is one not to be missed.

To cap off the night, Rob Thomas hit the stage with is band, Matchbox Twenty. This was the first time I had seen the band, and I must say that I was very impressed. This is one band that makes the stage their home. Matchbox Twenty, having formed in 1995 have also built a pretty extensive music catalog not unlike the Goo Goo Dolls. Playing a well mixed set of new and old music, these included hits such as “3 A.M.”, “Long Day” and “Push”.

Front man, Rob Thomas has been sought after for many years for his vocal abilities and he proved that. Thomas has been polishing his voice for nearly 20 years, and he is sounding better than ever. Pair this with the extreme talent of the band, and you have the perfect cocktail. There are still a few east coast dates left on the tour this week, so be sure to catch this show while you still can!

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Summer Nights in Hartford

The Live & Loud tour featuring Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry and Cassadee Pope played to a sold out Comcast Theater in Hartford Connecticut in June. With a line up such as this, you are in for a real treat and a perfect summer night made the night even better.

For those of you that watch the TV show, The Voice may remember Cassadee Pope. This young 24 year old was the winner of season 3 of The Voice. This was my second time in a matter of weeks seeing and photographing Pope, and I can see why she was crowned the winner of The Voice. She is such a natural and has a voice that just carries over the summer air.

Once the crowd was warmed up, Neil, Kimberly and Reid, better known as The Band Perry hit the stage. Only having signed to Republic Nashville during the summer of 2009, this is one band that just keeps getting bigger by the day. Having just turned 30, Kimberly, the oldest of the three siblings makes the stage her home along with her brothers. You might think the Perry’s have been doing this for far longer. Their high energy shows are filled with their hits such as “You Lie”, “If I Die Young” and their latest hit “DONE”.

Then came the band everyone was waiting for all night, Rascal Flatts. This is a band that you could say has stood the test of time. Having been together for more than a decade, Rascal Flatts might be bigger now than they ever have been. Having seen Rascal Flatts many times over that last few years, their shows continue to pack a punch every time. Drummer and bandleader, Jim Riley lays the foundation down to a “T”. Rascal Flatts entertains the audience with their catalog of hits like “Prayin’ For Daylight”, “Fast Cars and Freedom”, and “Me and My Gang”.

If you have not done so, or even if you have seen them a dozen times, get out this summer and catch Rascal Flatts.

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