Upcoming Local Concerts: Carrie Underwood, Shawn Colvin, Old Crow and more!

May is going to be a spectacular month for concerts in Charleston, WV…

Country star and former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood will be at the Charleston Civic Center, with opener Hunter Hayes, on Wednesday, May 8th. Look for my review of that concert in next Thursday’s edition of The Charleston Gazette.

Lyle Lovett will visit The Clay Center on Friday, May 10th.

Comedian Lewis Black will hit The Clay Center on Thursday, May 16th.

Singer-songwriters Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter will perform as a duo during an extended set at a special Mountain Stage at The Clay Center on Sunday, May 19th. Crooked Still’s Aoife O’Donovan is also on the lineup. As an almost lifelong fan of Shawn Colvin, I’m very excited to be reviewing the show for Muruch.

The free Live on the Levee summer concert series will return to Charleston on May 24th. The acts haven’t been announced yet, but I do know Kathy Mattea will perform in June during Festivall week.

Just when you think it can’t get any better, Old Crow Medicine Show will put on a full concert at The Clay Center on Friday, May 24th! OCMS is one of my favorite modern bands, so reviewing their concert for Muruch is also cause for much excitement.

Kat Maslich-Bode: The Road of 6

Remember Eastmountainsouth? They were one of the my favorite indie bands in the early aughts. Since then, one half of the duo – Peter Bradley Adams – has released a few solo albums. But his feminine counterpart seemed to disappear…until now. Kat Maslich-Bode’s six-track solo debut, The Road of 6, will be officially released by Mishara Records on January 18th and is already available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes. A lovely little collection of folk-influenced pop and country, The Road of 6 is carried by Kat’s warm and substantial voice. The album features guests Mary Chapin Carpenter, Glen Phillips, and Jim Lauderdale.

The opener “March” is a pretty love song in which Mary Chapin Carpenter contributes backing vocals. Kat wrote the ballad for her husband on their wedding day and incorporated the ultrasound of her daughter’s heartbeat into the beginning and end of the track.

Tim Easton’s song “J.P.M.F.Y.F.” (an abbreviation for the chorus lyric “Jesus protect me from your followers”) addresses religious extremism, particularly certain perverted, hate-driven forms of Christianity. Kat’s heartfelt, low key deliver anchors the potentially controversial cover.

Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips lends his voice to “Sky Falls,” a song about depression, and Jim Lauderdale appears on the Coal Miner’s Daughter-inspired “Poor Old Town.”

Kat co-wrote “Back Home” with her former Eastmountainsouth partner, Peter Bradley-Adams. The song is a tribute to a childhood friend of Kat’s who died in a car crash.

The stand out track is Kat’s soulful rendition of The Blue Nile’s “Let’s Go Out Tonight,” a song she says she fell in love with at a party when she was just thirteen. The cover is a grand finale to this far too brief, but beautiful song cycle.

Kat Maslich-Bode – March (mp3 zip)*

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