Johnny Cole’s Complete List of Favorite Shows of 2016

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Various comments are featured throughout the list following an asterisk (*). Also, a series of numbers are often featured, which identify other chart positions of that particular music artist. If an “H.M.” appears, it is telling you that music artist also appears in the Honorable Mention section that directly follows the Top 50 shows. A number of chart positions feature multiple shows that are considered as a “tie”. Due to the large number of shows attended in 2016 (over 300 shows), several events are listed as one show to make room for additional space on chart for a wider range of shows.
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[ NUMBERS 1 THROUGH 10 ]

1. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band “The Three Shows at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (Sept. 23, 25 & 30) [tie] *Attended 9 Springsteen shows in 2016. – See #’s 2, 3, 4, 5, 48

2. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band “The Two Shows at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA (Sept. 7 & 9) [tie] *See #’s 1, 3, 4, 5, 48

3. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Madison Square Gardens in NYC (Mon. Mar. 28) *See #’s 1, 2, 4, 5, 48

4. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY feat. Deep Purple, Steve Miller, NWA Chicago & Cheap Trick. Also: Rob Thomas, Sheryl Crow, Kendrick Lamar, Steve Van Zandt, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney from the Black Keys, Grace Potter, Kid Rock, David Byrne, The Roots, and Kimbra. (Fri. Apr. 8) *See #’s 1, 2, 3, 5, 49

5. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Nationals Park in Washington, DC (Thur. Sept. 1); United Center in Chicago, IL (Sun. Sept. 28); Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA (Mon. Sept. 5 ) [tie] *See #’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 48

6. The Desert Trip Night #2 Paul McCartney and Neil Young & Promise of A Real at Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA (Sat. Oct. 8) *See #’s 9, 15, 33

7. Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders at Verizon Center in Washington, DC (Mon. Nov. 14)

8. Dylan LeBlanc with The Pollies & Courtney Blackwell at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL *See #’s 25, 30 and Following Top 50: H.M. (Honorable Mention)

9. The Desert Trip Night #1 Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA (Sat. Oct. 7) *See #’s 6, 15

10. The Jericho Road Show at Duling Hall in Jackson, MS feat. Rambling Steve Gardner, Libby Rae Watson, Wes Lee & Bill Steber. The show was opened by Oh Jeremiah. (Tues. Mar. 1) *The Jericho Road Show is easily one of my favorite shows of 2016.  Once again, I was privileged to see Wes Lee a number of times throughout the year. – See #27 and Following Top 50: H.M (Honorable Mention)

[ NUMBERS 11 THROUGH 20 ]

11. Elvis Costello with Larkin Poe and the Preservation Hall at Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, LA (Sat. Oct. 15); The Ryman in Nashville, TN (Mon. Oct. 17), Cobb Energy in Atlanta, GA (Tues. Oct. 18) [3 shows tied] *See #48

12. Molly Thomas & The Rare Birds at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (Sat. Apr. 15) *Molly Thomas & The Rare Birds is one of my favorites. This particular show is when I really connected to Molly’s music. – See Following Top 50: H.M. (Honorable Mention)

13. Escondido with Renshaw Davies at Gasa Gasa in New Orleans, LA (Fri. Apr. 15) *Of course, Escondido is one of my favorite bands and have been so since their early beginnings… AND I became a fan of Renshaw Davies right from the start. – See #30 and Following Top 50: H.M. (Honorable Mention)

14. Darcy Malone & The Tangle at The Listening Room in Mobile, AL (Sat. Sept. 17); Darcy Malone & The Tangle at Tipitina’s in New Orleans (on the ticket with Bonerama) (Wed. Nov. 23); Darcy Malone & The Tangle at The Listening Room in Mobile, AL (Fri. Dec. 9) [3 shows tied] *This band was an instant favorite. I have high hopes for this talented group of musicians.

15. The Desert Trip Night #3 The Who and Roger Waters at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA (Sat. Oct. 9) *See #’s 6, 9

16. Kris Lager Band at The Listening Room in Mobile, AL. (Fri. Dec. 16)

17. Lisa Mills with guest Chip Herrington at The Listening Room in Mobile, AL (Sat. Nov. 19) *I was privileged to attend a number of Lisa’s shows in 2016. As good as they all are, this homecoming show following her European Tour was my personal favorite; Lisa Mills with guest Gram Rea at “House Show” in Montrose, AL [tie] – See Following Top 50: H.M. (Honorable Mention)

18. Suzanne Vega with Teddy Thompson at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA (Tues. Nov. 1)* It was great to see Suzanne again. This show brought back memories. – See #19

19. Americana Fest in NYC “Tribute to The Band’s The Last Waltz  – The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Show in New York City feat. Levon Helm’s band “The Midnight Ramble Band” led by Larry Campbell, Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead, Lucinda Willliams, Dr. John, Anderson East, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Howard Johnson, Larry Campbell, Parker Millsap, Mary Gauthier, Those Pretty Wrongs feat. Jody Stephens, Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones,   and others at New York City’s Damrosch Park near Lincoln Center. (Sat. Aug. 6) *See #’s 18, 30, 49 and Following Top 50: H.M. (Honorable Mention)

20. Jimmy Hall and Muscle Shoals Revisited with guest Blackwater Brass at Ocean Springs Live in Ocean Springs, MS (Sat. July 2) *An event that easily makes my list. I also had the great opportunity of seeing Jimmy Hall and Wet Willie at the 1065 Festival in Mobile, AL (Sun. Oct. 2) *See #22

[ NUMBERS 21 THROUGH 30 ]

21. Shinyribs at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (Thur. Apr. 21)

22. The Frog Pond Sunday Social feat. Jimmy Hall, Donna Hall Foster, Rick Hirsch, Papa Mali, Andrew Duhon, Chris Mule’, Grayson Capps & Corky Hughes at The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm in Silverhill, AL (Sun. Nov. 27) *See #’s 20, 28, 36, 43 and Following Top 50: H.M. (Honorable Mention) 

23. Jazz Fest Unplugged, Pt. 2 feat. Sugarcane Jane, Lynn Drury, and Cary Hudson at Longfellow Civic Center in Bay St. Louis, MS (Sat. Mar. 5) *Sugarcane Jane is definitely a favorite of mine and I see them as much as possible….all great shows! And by all means Lynn Drury and Cary Hudson shows are also enjoyed. Superb night of music. *See #’s 26, 28, 43 and Following Top 50: H.M. (Honorable Mention)

24. Steely Dan with Madeleine Peyroux at Beacon Theatre in New York City (Sat. Oct. 29) See Following Top 50: H.M. (Honorable Mention)

25. Dylan LeBlanc with the Pollies & Courtney at The Thirsty Hippo in Hattiesburg, MS (Tues. July 19) and Gasa Gasa in New Orleans, LA (Wed. July 20) [tie] *See #8 Mobile, AL show at Callaghan’s…also see #30 and Following Top 50: H.M. (Honorable Mention)

26. Sugarcane Jane at Leslie’s Farm in Barnwell, AL (Sat. June 18) “Earlier the same day I attended another Sugarcane Jane show in Brewton, AL”. I could easily add a number of their shows to this list including: Sugarcane Jane with Lilly Winwood at The Hub at Highway 30A in N.W. Florida (Thur. July 7); SCJ at Jack’s by the Tracks in Pascagoula, MS (Sat. Feb. 13); SCJ at Manci’s in Daphne, AL (Sun. May 1); SCJ at The Shed in Ocean Springs (Sat. June 4); SCJ at Jack’s by the Tracks (Thur. June 30); SCJ at H’burg Live at 5 in Hattiesburg, MS (Fri. Oct. 14); SCJ at Jack’s (Fri. Nov. 25) AND MORE! * It’s obvious – this talented music duo is favorite of mine. I see them often for good reason. – See #23 (Jazz Fest Unplugged in BSL), #43 and Following Top 50: H.M. (Honorable Mention)

27. Wes Lee at Jack’s by the Tracks in Pascagoula, MS (Sat. July 16) Some additional Wes Lee shows I enjoyed: Wes Lee at The Shed in Ocean Springs, MS (Fri. Jan. 22) Wes Lee at at Anchor Park in Pascagoula, MS “a nice and memorable visit. (Fri. Oct. 21) *Wes Lee is also at #10 as part of The Jericho Road Show. 

28. Grayson Capps, Corky Hughes, Cary Hudson & Grace Askew at Dollar Box Show Room in Hattiesburg, MS. (Sat. Jan. 2) *I had the privilege of attending several Grayson Capps and Cary Hudson shows throughout the year…they were all great shows! I am also a big fan of the talented Grace Askew. Some additional shows by Grayson Capps and Corky Hughes: GC/CH at Manci’s Antique Club in Daphne, AL (Sun. June 12); GC/CH at The Government Street Grocery in Ocean Springs, MS (Fri. Dec. 2). Plus, shows at Frog Pond and with Willie Sugarcapps. Some additional shows by Cary Hudson including #23 Jazz Fest Unplugged in BSL (Sat. Mar. 5); Cary Hudson at Jacks by the Tracks in Pascagoula, MS (Thur. Jan. 8); Cary Hudson at Jack’s by the Tracks in Pascagoula, MS (Thur. Mar. 3). An additional show by Grace Askew: The Shed in Ocean Springs, MS) – See #’s 22, 23, 43 and Following Top 50: H.M. (Honorable Mention)

29. Temple of the Dog with Fantastic Negrito at Madison Square Gardens in NYC (Mon. Nov. 7) *25th Anniversary of Temple of the Dog’s 1991 album. Temple of the Dog features musicians from Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.

30. SXSW 2016 MUSIC WEEK (Mar. 15-20) Austin, TX. Day 1- The Blue Water Highway Band, The Damn Quails, The River Whyless, Dylan LeBlanc, Jonathan Tyler, Chubby Knuckle Choir, Luke Winslow King at El Mercado (Wed. Mar. 16); Day 2 – The Waco Brothers, Luke Winslow King w/ Band, Robbie Fulks, and Corb Lund, James McMurtry, Marlon Williams, Whiney Rose, Escondido, Jack Ingram at “Twang Fest” (Broken Spoke); Day 3 – Sun Radio Broadcast at Bee Cave, TX feat. Charlie Faye & The Fayettes, Parker Milsap, and John Fulbright; Day 3, Pt. 2 – Jack Ingram, Bonnie Bishop, Marcia Ball, Mo Pitney, and Wynonna,& The Big Noise at El Mercado. *See #’s 8, 13, 19, 25, 49 and Following Top 50: H.M. (Honorable Mention)

[ NUMBERS 31 THROUGH 40 ]

31. Kristian Diable at Callaghan’s (Sun. Jan 10) and The Listening Room (Wed. May 25) [tie] *Both shows had their differences, but were equally entertaining and memorable.

32. Radney Foster at The Listening Room in Mobile, AL (Fri. Sept. 16) *One of the best shows ever at The Listening Room. The room’s ideal environment was truly captured as it was meant to be.

33. Paul McCartney at Verizon Ctr in Washington, DC (Tues. Aug. 9) *See #6

34. Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers with Gill Landry at The Space at Westbury, Westbury, NY (Wed. Aug. 31) *I was also able to see Gill Landry at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA earlier in 2016.

35. Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival in Bogalusa, LA “Two Day Event” feat. Samantha Fish, Paul Thorn, Tab Benoit, Cedric Burnside Project, Danielle Nicole and more. (Sept. 23, 24) *This has become one of my favorite music festivals and is put together by an amazing group of people. See: Following Top 50: H.M. (Honorable Mention)

36. Andrew Duhon Trio at “House Show” in Montrose, AL (Mon. Jan. 25) *See #22 and Following Top 50: H.M. (Honorable Mention)

37. Garbage with guest Kristin Kontrol (from the Dum Dum Girls) at Central Park Summerstage in New York City, NY (Mon. Aug. 1); Garbage with Kristin Kontrol at Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC. (Wed. Aug. 3) [tie]

38. Mudcrutch (Tom Petty) with The Shelters at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA (Thur. June 2)

39. Lyle Lovett & His Large Band with Emmylou Harris at The Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, VA (Fri. Aug. 12)

40. Billy Joel at Nationals’ Park in Washington, D.C. (Sat. July 30)

[ NUMBERS 41 THROUGH 50 ]

41. Television at 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (Tues. Sept. 6)

42. A Concerto by R.E.M.’s Mike Mills at The Strathmore in Bethesda, MD (Thur. Nov. 3)

43. Willie Sugarcapps “CD Release Party” at The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm in Silverhill, AL. (Sun. Apr. 17) *In past years I have seen Willie Sugarcapps a decent number of times, but this year – only once…..Though when I combine everyone individually I’ve seen this group of musicians dozens a times throughout the year. – See #’s 22, 23, 26, 28 and Following Top 50: H.M.(Honorable Mention)

44. Bob Dylan at River Center Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA (Wed. Oct. 27); Thalia Mara Hall, Jackson, MS (Thur. Oct. 27)[tie] *I also attended a Dylan show at The Saenger Theatre in Mobile, AL (Wed. Nov. 16). I was honored to make four Dylan shows in 2016 – See #9 Desert Trip Show

45. Barbra Streisand at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY (Thur. Aug. 11)

46. Jason Isbell with Josh Ritter at Joy Theatre in New Orleans, LA (Sat. Oct. 22) *See – Following Top 50: H.M. (Honorable Mention)

47. Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White at Birchmere at Alexandria, VA (Apr. 7)

48. Americana Fest 2016 Showcase show at The Family Wash in E. Nashville feat.The Memphis Ukulele Band, the E Street Band’s Garry Tallent, Webb Wilder & The Beatnecks (Wed. Sept. 21); Third Man Records feat. Great Life and Larkin Poe; The Anchor featuring Lydia Loveless (Thur. Sept. 22) *See #’s 1, 2, 3, 5, 11 and Following Top 50: H.M. (Honorable Mention)

49. “30A Songwriters Festival along scenic Highway 30 in northwest Florida feat. Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther, Kevin Gordon, Hayes Carll, Parker Milsap, Lilly Winwood, Beth McKee, Liz Longley, Caroline Cotter, Andrew Combs, Caroline Spence, Shovels & Rope, Willis Alan Ramsay, Deanna Carter, Grace Potter, Jim Lauderdale, Kristian Bush, Bob Schneider, and more. (Fri. Jan. 15 through Sun. Feb. 17)*I decided to combine all the shows into one numeric position. – See #’s 4, 19, 30 and more.

50. Travis Meadows with Nick Branch at The Listening Room (Sat. Aug. 20)

[ HONORABLE MENTIONS ] *In No Particular Order (alphabetical):

 Aaron Lee Tasjan & Bonnie Whitmore at The Shed in Ocean Springs, MS (Fri. Jan. 8) 

 Abe Partridge CD Release Party at The Listening Room in Mobile, AL (Fri. May 20); Abe Partridge & Jimmy Robinson at The Listening Room in Mobile, AL (Sun. Oct. 2)  [tied] *I was able to attend a number of Abe’s shows in 2016 including Abe Partridge & The Psychedelic Peacocks at The Julep Room in Ocean Springs, MS (Fri. Apr. 22). We also featured him in a TV episode of “Music Scene” He’s a true talent! – See H.M. (other Honorable Mentions)

  Americana Fest 2016 Awards & Honors at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN feat. Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller, Lucinda Williams, William Bell, Shawn Colvin, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Bonnie Raitt, George Strait, and more (Wed. Sept. 21) *See #’s 19, 46, 48

 Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers with Cris Jacobs Band @ Gypsy Sally’s in Washington, DC. (Fri. Nov. 4)

☆ Andrew Duhon Trio with Dylan LeBlanc at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (Sun. Jan. 24); Andrew Duhon at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (Sun. May 8); Andrew Duhon Trio at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (Sun. Dec. 18) [3 shows tied]  I was fortunate to attend several great shows by both Andrew Duhon and Dylan LeBlanc in 2016. *See #’s 8, 22, 25, 36

 AthFest 2016 / Flagpole Athens Music Awards at Morton Theatre / AthFest Late Night feat. Elf Power at Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA  “Multiple performances” (Thur. June 23 – Sat June 25)

 Austin Lucas with Matt Woods at Slowboat Brewing Company in Laurel, MS (Wed. July 26)

 The Baldwin County Public Records Songwriters Showcase feat. Lauren Kay, Laci Wright, Brittany Bell, and Corey Rezner at The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm in Silverhill, AL. Also featuring Anthony Crawford (Sun. Jan. 10)
*Anthony Crawford is listed throughout this year’s list as part of both Sugarcane Jane and Willie Sugarcapps. 

☆ The Baldwin County Public Records Showcase Show feat. Lauren Kay, Laci Wright, and Brittany Bell at Jack’s by the Tracks in Pascagoula, MS *recorded for WKFK TV 7 episode of “Music Scene” (Fri. Feb. 12). I attended additional shows by the above musicians including Brittany Bell “CD Release Party” at Manci’s in Daphne, AL (Wed. Sept. 14) 

 The Bodhi Trio (a jazz group consisting of drummer John Milham, upright bassist Jojo Morris and guitarist John Cochran) at The Listening Room in Mobile, AL (Mon. Sept. 12)

☆ Bonnie Raitt with guest Richard Thompson Trio at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, MD (Wed. Aug. 24)

 Brandy Clark with Karen Jonas (Thur. Nov. 10)

Brothers Osborne with Lucie Silvas at Fillmore Silver Springs in Silver Springs, MD (Sat. Nov. 5)

 Butch Walker at Irving Plaza in N.Y.C. with The Wind & The Wave with Suzanne Santo (Mon. Aug. 29)

 Carrie Rodriguez at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA (Sun. Apr. 3)

 Chris Isaak at The House of Blues in New Orleans, LA (Tues. June 28)

 Cowboy’s Scott Boyer & Tommy Talton with NC Thurman at The Listening Room in Mobile, AL (Thur. June 23)

 Culture Club with guest Groves at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN (Tues. July 26)

 The Cure with the Twilght Sad at Aaron’s Amphitheater in Atlanta, GA (Fri. June 24)

Dave Jordan & the NIA @ The Listening Room in Mobile, AL. (Fri. Dec. 30, 2016)

 Dash Rip Rock at The Listening Room in Mobile, AL (Sat. July 23)

 Della Memoria (Emily Sholes Smith & Josh Smith) at The Listening Room in Mobile, AL (Fri. July 8); Della Memoria with Full Band at The Government Street Grocery in Ocean Springs, MS (Fri. July 15); Della Memoria with Full Band at The Listening Room in Mobile, AL “Robby Amonett’s Art Show” (Mon. Dec. 5) * I saw Della Memoria a few more times in 2016 including an earlier show at The Listening Room. They were also part of a TV episode of “Music Scene” (I enjoyed doing that with them.)

☆ The Dustbowl Revival with Judy Chops @ The Hamilton in Washington, DC  (Fri. July 29) 

 Edward David Anderson at The Listening Room in Mobile, AL (Sun. Sept. 18); Edward David Anderson at The Listening Room in Mobile, AL (Sat. Dec. 17) *I enjoyed a number of EDA’s shows in 2016.

 Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros at Cumberland Cavens “Home of Bluegrass Underground” in McMinnville, TN (Mon. May 30)

☆ Eric Erdman at The Shed in Ocean Springs, MS (Sat. Dec. 3) *Eric has quickly become a favorite. I enjoyed him at a number locations in 2016 including a house show, a songwriter night at The Listening Room and an event at The Frog Pond. 

 “Frog Pond Sunday Social” (Soundcheck Sunday) feat. Grayson Capps, Corky Hughes, Gram Rea, Gove Scrivenor, Eric Erdman, Lauren Murphy, Molly Thomas, Jon Cook, Suzi Spies, Harrison McInnis, Suzanne Schmitt and Stephen Lee Veal at The Frog Pond Blue Moon Farm in Silverhill, AL (Sun. Sept. 25) *We put together the article about the appreciation for the Frog Pond during this time. – See #’s 12, 22, 28, 43, H.M. (other Honorable Mentions)

 Gal Holiday & The Honky Tonk Review at The Listening Room in Mobile, AL (Sat. Sept. 10); Gal Holiday & The Honky Tonk Revue at The Listening Room in Mobile, AL (Fri. Dec. 23) [tie] *It was nice to attending a few Gal Holiday shows throughout the year. 

☆ Great Peacock at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (Sun. May 29)

 The Go-Go’s “The Farewell 18-City Tour” with Best Coast and Kaya Stewart at Warner Theatre in Washington, DC (Fri. Aug. 5)

 Gun ‘N Roses with guest The Cult at Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA (Wed. July 27)

 Jazz Fest Unplugged, Pt. 1 feat. Will Kimbrough with special guest Sugarcane Jane at Grand Magnolia Listening Room in Pascagoula, MS (Fri. Mar. 5) *It’s always a pleasure attending shows by both Will Kimbrough and Sugarcane Jane. I enjoyed another Kimbrough show in fall of 2016 and attended countless shows by Sugarcane Jane…..and yes, Willie Sugarcapps. The other additional show by Will Kimbrough was at Grand Magnolia Listening Room in Pascagoula, MS (Thur. Aug. 21) with guest Taylor Craven. See #’s 23, 26, 43, H.M. (other Honorable Mentions)

Jim Lauderdale with guest Lilly Winwood at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (Sun. Aug. 14) *I saw the entertaining Jim Lauderdale a few times in 2016. I began my first of several shows by Lilly Winwood (daughter of Steve Winwood) at 30A in January and ending at The Listening Room on Thur. Sept. 15. I enjoyed interviewing Lilly for an article at The Listening Room. *See #’s 26, 49, H.M. (other Honorable Mentions)

 Jimmy Lee Hannaford with James Wamble at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (Thur. July 18) *I enjoyed several more shows by Jimmy Lee Hannaford including at The Shed in Ocean Springs, MS (Fri. June 3); at The Shed in Ocean Springs, MS (Sat. July 2) and at The Tiki in Gautier, MS (Fri. Oct. 21)

 Joe Ely, Paul Thorn, and Ruthie Foster at The Hamilton in Washington, DC (Fri. Apr. 1) *See #35

 Joe Walsh with The J.D. & The Straight Shot at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, MD (Sun. Aug. 7)

 Joey Cook & The Partyramblers with Dharma Inititive at The Julep Room in Ocean Springs, MS (Sat. Dec. 3)

 John Calvin Abney, Shonna Tucker, and Chris Porter at Callaghans in Mobile, AL (Thur. May 26)

 John Paul White (Civil Wars) with The Secret Sisters at Eddies Attic in Decatur, GA (Mon. June 13)

John Prine with guest Amanda Shires at Atlanta Botanical Gardens Amphitheater in Atlanta, GA (Sat. June 25)

☆ Johnny Sansone & John Fohl at Jack’s by the Tracks in Pascagoula, MS (Thur. June 9) *See H.M.(other Honorable Mentions)

 Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band with guest The Steel Wheels at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, LA. (Mon. May 16) *See #46

 Juliette Lewis with The New Regime at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA (Mon. Aug. 8)

 Kevin Gordon with Band at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (Fri. Apr. 22)

 Lisa Mills with Gram Rea at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (Tues. Jan. 12); Lisa Mills with Gram Rea at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (Tues. June 14) Lisa’s show prior to European Tour at Callaghan’s (Tues. Aug. 16); Lisa Mills at The Listening Room in Mobile, AL (Thur. Dec. 15)  “4 Shows” [tied] *See #17, H.M. (Honorable Mentions)

 Lockn’ Festival ” 2 Days” feat. Phish, Peter Wolf of the Geils Band, My Morning Jacket, Phil Lesh & Friends, Tedeshi Trucks Band, Anders Osborne, Hard Working Americans, Galactic w/ Lee Oskar, Moon Taxi, Tribble, The Infamous Stringdusters, Ween, Charles Bradley & the Extraordinaires and more at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA (Fri. Aug. 26- Sat. Aug. 27)

 Lydia Loveless and Aaron Lee Tasjan at Rock n Roll Hotel in Washington, DC (Sun. Nov. 13) *See #48 and H.M. (other Honorable Mentions)

 Malcolm Holcombe with guest Abe Partridge at the Listening Room in Mobile, AL (Sat. July 9) *See H.M. (other Honorable Mentions)

 The Marlow Boys at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (Wed. June 29); The Marlow Boys at Jacks by the Tracks in Pascagoula, MS (Thur. Sept. 29)[tie] *I love what they are doing and look forward to seeing them often in the near future.

 Margo Price / Hugh Masterson at The Hamilton Live in Washington, DC (Wed. Nov. 9) *See H.M. (other Honorable Mentions)

 Molly Thomas & The Rare Birds at Manci’s in Daphne, AL (Sun. June 5); Jack’s by the Tracks in Pascagoula, MS (Fri. Sept. 30) [tie] *See #12 for a very memorable show at Callaghan’s. 

 Motel Radio with guest: Bunch at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (Sun. May 15)

 The Mulligan Brothers at Leslie’s Spring Concert Event in “Lower Alabama” (Sat. March 26); The Mulligan Brothers & Christian Lopez Band at Gypsy Sally’s in Washington, DC (Mon. Mar. 29); The Mulligan Brothers at Bluegill Restaurant in Spanish Fort, AL (Sun. July 24); The Mulligan Brothers and Alison McConnell at Gypsy Sally’s in Washington, DC (Wed. Aug. 10) *I enjoyed a number of good Mulligan Brothers’ shows in 2016.

 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival feat. Van Morrison, Tab Benoit, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Johnny Sansone, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Gal Holiday & The Honky Tonk Revue, Bobby Cure Band & the New Orleans Classic R&B Revue with Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson  (Sat. Apr 23) *See #35, H.M. (other Honorable Mentions)

 Nikki Talley & Jason Sharpe at The Listening Room in Mobile, AL (Fri. June 10)

☆ Oh Jeremiah (full band) at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (Fri. May 13) * I once again had the privilege of attending several Oh Jeremiah shows including shows at Jack’s by the Tracks, Duling Hall, Callaghan’s and The Listening Room. Stefan Lawson and I interviewed them for the TV show “Music Scene” in the spring of the year. See #10

 Paul Sanchez & Lynn Drury at “House Show” in Montrose, AL (Wed. June 15) A spectacular house show. I saw Lynn Drury earlier in the year alongside Sugarcane Jane & Cary Hudson; Cruz Contreras of the Black Lillies at “House Show” in Montrose, AL (Tues. Oct. 4) [tie] * See #23

 Pet Shop Boys at Warner Theatre in Washington, DC (Fri. Nov. 11)

 Peter Frampton at IP Casino in Biloxi, MS (Fri. May 27)

 Pokey Lafarge with Cactus Blossoms at The Hamilton in Washington, DC (Wed. Apr. 6)

☆ Rayland Baxter at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (Wed. Jan. 20)

 Record Store Day 2016 (T-Bones Records in Hattiesburg, MS f/ Escondido, Oh Jeremiah, and The Devil Music Co. (Sat. Apr. 16) *See #’s 10, 13, 30, H.M. (other Honorable Mentions)

 Renshaw Davies with Abe Partridge at The Listening Room in Mobile, AL * I was fortunate enough to attend two more Renshaw Davies shows in 2016. *See #13 and H.M. (other Honorable Mentions)

Robert Ellis at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (Wed. Jan. 27)

 Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters at the Saenger Theatre in Mobile, AL (Mon. Mar. 7)

 The Roosevelts at The Hamilton in Washington, DC (Tues. Apr. 5)

 Rusted Root and Devon Allman Band at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill Main Room in NYC (Sun. Oct. 30)

 The Rock Hall Three For All Show feat. Cheap Trick, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Heart at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, N.J. (Sun. July 31) *See #4

 Samantha Fish with The Bush League at The Broadberry in Richmond, VA (Thur. July 28); Samantha Fish with Lightnin’ Malcolm at Sellersville Theatre 1894 in Sellersville, PA (Sun. Nov. 6) [tie] *Lightnin’ Malcolm has always been one of our favorites and Samantha Fish has quickly become one too. I attended three of her shows in 2016 – See #35

☆ Seth Walker Trio at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (recorded show with Robby Amonett for our TV show “Music Scene” (Sun. April 24); Seth Walker Trio at Callaghans in Mobile “CD Release Party” (Thur. Oct. 21) [tie]

 Sister Sparrow with Star & Micey at 12th & Porter in Nashville, TN (Wed. May 18)

 Snarky Puppy at City Winery in Nashville, TN (Tues. May 17 )

 St. Paul & The Broken Bones with Diane Coffee at 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. (Sun. July 24)

 Steely Dan with special guest Steve Winwood at Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta, GA (Sun. June 26) *See #24

 The Wild Feathers with guest Bird Dog at the Soul Kitchen in Mobile, AL (Tues. Mar. 22)

☆ Zakk Wylde with guests Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown and Jared James Nichols at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD (Tues. Aug. 2#

Some other shows that could have easily appeared on the above list:

Blackwater Brass at Mosaics in Ocean Springs, MS (Sat. Jan. 23)    Blackwater Brass at The Government Street Grocery in Ocean Springs, MS (Fri. Feb. 5)     Blackwater Brass (with Jackson Weldon) at The Government Street Grocery in Ocean Springs, MS (Wed. Apr. 27)    Brittany Bell “CD Release Party” at Manci’s in Daphne, AL (Wed. Sept. 14)     Cale Tyson with Pete Lindberg at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (Mon. Sept. 19)   Cary Laine & Derek Norsworthy at Jack’s by the Tracks in Pascagoula, MS (Thur. Mar. 24)   Eric Erdman, Molly Thomas, Gove Shrievnor at The Listening Room in Mobile, AL (Wed. Oct. 5)   Eric Hutchinson / Humming House / Matt MacKelcan at 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. (Wed. Nov. 2)    Fat Man Squeeze at Jack’s by the Tracks in Pascagoula, MS (Fri. Nov. 18) ☆  Gentleman Callers at Irish Coast Pub in Gulfport, MS (Tues. Jan. 5)    Gill Landry at Eddies Attic in Decatur, GA (Thur. May 19)    Grace Askew at The Shed in Ocean Springs, MS (Fri. Jan. 1)   Grayson Capps and Corky Hughes at Manci’s Antique Club in Daphne, AL (Sun. June 12)   Holli Mosely & Tim Kinsey at Jack’s by the Tracks in Pascagoula, MS (Fri. Feb. 26)    Holli Mosely & Tim Kinsey @ Jack’s by the Tracks (Thur. Apr. 14)  Jack Pearson at Callaghan’s in Mobile, AL (Thur. Apr. 28)     Karl Langley, John Keuler & Stan Foster at Jack’s by the Tracks in Pascagoula, MS (Thur. Jan. 7)    Katie Lott at The Julep Room in Ocean Springs, MS (Sat. Jan. 23)    Keb’ Mo’ w/ guest Gerald Albright at Birchmere (Thur. Mar. 31) ☆  Light Travelers at Jack’s by the Tracks in Pascagoula, MS (Thur. Feb. 25)  Lilly Winwood at The Listening Room in Mobile. AL (Thur. Sept. 15)   Lucero with The Underhill Family Orchestra at The Merry Widow in Mobile, AL (Sat. May 28)    Lulupalooza ‘2016 with The Mulligan Brothers at Lulu’s in Gulf Shores, AL (Sat. May 28)   Monday Night Jam Sessions with Diggs Darcey at Irish Coast Pub in Gulfport, MS (Mon. Feb. 29)     of Montreal w/ at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA (Thur. Sept. 8)    The Pheasants with guest Toonces at The Listening Room in Mobile, AL (Sat. June 11)  Rick Carter & Friends “A Lil’ Rollin’ in the Hay Meets A Lil’ Wet Willie” at Jack’s by the Tracks in Pascagoula, MS. (Fri. Mar. 25)    Ross Newell at Manci’s in Daphne, AL (Sun. May 22)     Scott Chism & The Better Half at The Julep Room in Ocean Springs, MS. (Sat. Jan. 9)   The Stolen Faces at The Shed in Ocean Springs, MS (Sat. Sept 3)   The Stoop Kids at The Government Street Grocery in Ocean Springs, MS (Fri. Feb. 26)    Strangled Darlings at The Julep Room in Ocean Springs, MS (Fri. Nov. 18)    The Struts with at Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach, DE (Thur. Aug. 4)   The Tall Boys at Jack’s by the Tracks in Pascagoula, MS (Sat. Mar. 12)   The Underhill Orchestra & Young Valley at The Government Street Grocery in Ocean Springs, MS (Sat. Jan. 23)  Will Kimbrough with guest Taylor Craven at Grand Magnolia Listening Room in Pascagoula, MS (Thur. Aug. 21) 

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