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February 20, 2009

Concert review: Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller at the Meyerhoff

emmylou harrisIf you take a folk or country music song all the way back to its beginnings, most times you end up with a couple of singer/songwriters sitting on a back porch somewhere strumming acoustic guitars.

Emmylou Harris (pictured), Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller brought that same intimate, informal setting to the Meyerhoff last night.

The show, in support of the Mammojam Music Festival, nearly filled the symphony hall.

They sat on stage and performed in a songwriter's circle, offering just as many original songs as covers ...

Between songs, they'd tune their guitars and tell jokes and stories about why they picked the songs they did. Griffin did a fiery rendition of the traditional tune "Samson and Delilah," Harris tugged at my heart strings with "Red Dirt Girl," and Miller marveled at the fact that he was even on stage Harris and Griffin.

In truth, Miller more than held his own. When Harris or Griffin played a song, he added tasteful guitar fills and backing vocals. And when it was his turn, his warm voice and skillful picking made it plain why he was up there.

I've been to a lot of concerts, and that one is going to stay with me for a long time.

(AP photo)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 3:30 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Concert reviews


It was an amazing show. Miller looks like he was born with a guitar in his hands -- I will be buying his new album next week!

I got word this morning that Buddy Miller was hospitalized after the show in Baltimore and underwent emergency surgery -- I've heard no further details since then, and can only wish the very best to this wonderful and inspiring musician, who only recently got off the road after months of touring as lead guitarist and vocalist with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss's "Raising Sand Revue."

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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