ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out


Of all the reasons to like Travis Tritt, his stance on Billy Ray Cyrus’ success in his 1995 autobiography 10 Feet Tall and Bulletproof tops them all. In an innocuous yet brutally honest interview where he gives his thoughts on then-burgeoning pop-country star Cyrus’ hit “Achy Breaky Heart.” He says: “First of all, the song doesn’t really make much of a statement. It just seems kind of frivolous. The video doesn’t appeal to me because it shows him stepping out of a limousine in front of thousands and thousands of fans, and nobody’s even heard of this guy. Garth Brooks didn’t even do that.” Those comments would get blown up into one of the juiciest and most sickly rewarding country-music feuds of all time, but Tritt wasn’t finished. He later said, to paraphrase, that it was simply an honest answer and nothing personal, but he didn’t want to see the feud get blown out of proportion and he also didn’t want to see country music get turned into an ass-wiggling contest. Quite a portentous statement indeed. While Cyrus now has his teenage daughter doing the ass-wiggling for him, Tritt has evolved into one of the finest country singers of all time and plaintive traditionalist in his prime. He’s playing an all-acoustic show at the Millennium Center this Thursday. Tickets are $60 for seats and $35 for general admission. The show starts at 8 p.m.


Not many artists have two album release parties for the same record, especially not a full year apart, but sometimes the pursuit of perfection has a way of bushwhacking even the best laid plans. One year ago this week, Sam Robinson was anticipating the release of his first solo album at Greene Street Club which was of particular import since Rock Hall of Famer Artimus Pyle was joining him on drums for the evening. Pyle’s best friend and Lynyrd Skynyrd bandmate Billy Powell had died only a few days earlier and that was his first show since it happened. Fast-forward one year and the only detail to change for the second go-round is the venue. Pyle will once again join Sam Robinson & the Five-Gallon Groove for the album release party this Friday at 10 p.m., only this time at the Blind Tiger. The delay stemmed primarily from scheduling studio time for the numerous guests who will appear on the record, including Pyle, Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge and drummer Calvin Napper. As a result, it’s not going to be a traditional solo record, as vocals will largely be provided by former Old Stone Revuer Brandon Knox with support from Rusty Good of Honey James. The Tim Betts Band and DOCO will open the show.


If the Partridge Family was about three times larger and played a bluegrass-leaning derivative of traditional Celtic music, and were also Canadian, they might instead be called Leahy. The 11 siblings of the Leahy Family are among the most musically talented families in the world and the face of the group, Donnell, will perform at the High Point Theatre this Friday. He won’t be alone, however, as his wife and equally prodigious fiddle talent Natalie MacMaster will join him for the performance. MacMaster had built quite a career of her own playing bluegrass before delving deeper into Celtic influences after her marriage. The Canuck couple will perform at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20 for the balcony and $25 for orchestra seating.