Josh Jacobson of Minneapolis:
1 Steve Earle and the Dukes, the Pantages. They sounded as good as ever, and the groundbreaking, 30-year-old “Copperhead Road” album received the treatment it deserved.
2 Springsteen on Broadway extended through December. With 81 shows added, this is as good an excuse as any for a trip to New York City this fall.
3 Record Store Day. It’s on April 21 this year. Spend some money and support your local independent record store.
Jon Bream of the Star Tribune:
1 Graham Nash, the Dakota. His youthful enthusiasm, still-strong voice, revered songs and engaging stories, Shane Fontayne’s guitar work and the vocal harmonies elevated this into a spiritual evening of nostalgia.
2 Glen Hansard, the Palace. The Irish bard’s gift of gab, terrific band and deep and poetic repertoire made for a perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
3 Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, “Tearing at the Seams.” The quality of the songwriting has improved on their second album. Can’t wait to hear these horn-spiked soul and Americana numbers in concert by this exceptional live band.