Winham, Richard, Pulse Music Contributor http://www.chattanoogapulse.com/topics/richard_pulse_music_contributor_winham/index.rss en-us © 2014 The Pulse and Brewer Media. All rights reserved. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT The Battle For John Barleycorn It was more than 80 years before brewing beer resumed in Chattanooga—and even by the 1990s, it proved a difficult challenge.

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Boston Calling Dropkick Murphys bring a breathless fusion of the boisterous three-chord, two-minute start-to-stop immediacy of The Ramones’ early over-caffeinated catalog, mixed with the beery embrace of Irish drinking anthems.

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A Serenade For Silver This is a band equally comfortable in hard bop full-flight, or relaxing into the rhythmic and melodic flow of one of his slinky bossa nova tunes.

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Nightfall at 25 Playing Good For Free Starting a month earlier than usual, with 18 shows scheduled between this Friday and the end of August, the Nightfall series, as always, will have some people scratching their heads in response to the many unfamiliar names on the lineup.

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Card-Carrying GrassPop Listening to their most recent, and most inventive album to date, is like listening to David Grisman trading ideas with Paul McCartney.

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Richard's Picks: Richard Winham's favorite new albums Richard Winham looks at Richard Thompson's "Electric" and Boz Scagg's "Memphis"

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Fresh from the Conservatory—and Free to Play The album opens with a throbbing guitar figure over Ellis’ one-two bass drum punch and Snipes’ distorted vocal, which introduces the muse who drew him to the city only to dash his dreams.

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Banned in Chicago, Welcome in Chattanooga One of the reasons for their sets’ exuberant kineticism is that they are no longer solely reliant on other people’s music. After eight years working as club DJs, last year the duo began interpolating their own compositions into the mix.

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An Astral Weekend for a Living Spirit A galaxy of performers, friends and fans gather to celebrate the life, art, music and vision of Dennis Palmer.

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Get Back, Honky Cat Elton John’s 1972 album, Honky Château, and it’s second single, ‘Rocket Man,’ launched his career as a rocker, a showman and a legend in the making.

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High Country Music & Life "The beautiful thing is that when we came together it was a musical attraction. We’re five very different guys in the band, but there’s just such camaraderie, and that, above all else, is the thing that makes the music.”

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Battle of the Fans The second half of The Road to Nightfall competition continues on Friday and Saturday at Rhythm & Brews. Both nights are a bargain—three-plus hours of music from a host of talented musicians for less than the price of eight songs from iTunes.

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The Road to Nightfall The Road to Nightfall isn’t a battle of the bands, but a showcase for the growing community of talented musicians in Chattanooga.

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False Prophet or Dang Good Guesser Dennis Palmer’s music and art—full of the whimsical weirdness that was his hallmark—broke every rule, and we are better off for it

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Little Country Giants: Storytellers in the Southern Tradition “Some of the songs I write have a dark edge to them. The visual art I’m drawn to is the same—it deals with the big themes of tragedy and heartbreak, death and destruction.”

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Branded Man: Haggard at 75 Merle Haggard, music’s original outlaw-patriot, ambles into town lugging years of hits, conflicts and life lessons to the Tivoli Theatre

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Passionate Virtuosity The California Guitar Trio, returning Tuesday to Barking Legs Theater, are three of the best guitarists that, odds are, you’ve never heard. That’s partly because these world-class musicians are remarkably self-effacing.

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Son of Zappa Dweezil Zappa's grassroots campaign to bring his father's music to places it has never been comes to Chattanooga. “This is a grassroots campaign to bring Frank’s music to places it wouldn’t otherwise go”

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Saints, Sinners & Guitar Slingers If you venture down to Rhythm & Brews on Thursday night you’ll hear the blues born again when the Nashville-based band, The Delta Saints, start to play.

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Keen Insights: Robert Earl Keen: Southern Gothic with a Twist of Lemon Robert Earl Keen is a paradox. On one hand, he’s a careful writer who spends hours crafting his songs, the best of which are like Flannery O’Connor short stories set to music. Yet he doesn’t seem to care whether anyone actually listens to them.

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