Influential songwriter, performer, producer and musical trailblazer Elvis Costello is heading back to The Ryman Auditorium TONIGHT, Oct. 17, for a truly once-in-a-lifetime show. The stop is part of his “Detour,” a national trek in support of Costello’s recent memoir, Unfinished Music & Disappearing Ink. Nashville concertgoers will also get a special treat this time around. New Orleans’ own Preservation Hall Jazz Band have been tapped to back Costello, which is a musical match made in heaven. Soulful and rootsy rockers Larkin Poe will be opening, and you can still snag tickets for this one of a kind show right here. Read on to find out more about this incredible lineup!
One of England’s best musical exports, Elvis Costello has become one of the most influential artists, producers and songwriters in modern music. After signing a record deal in the 1970s, he became one of the pioneers of the British punk and new wave movement. Costello, along with his backing band The Attractions, initially climbed the charts in the U.K. with hits like “Watching the Detectives” and “Oliver’s Army.” In the 1980s, he crossed over into America with his signature track, “Everyday I Write The Book.”
Over the past few decades, he’s collaborated with greats like Paul McCartney, dabbled in everything from classical to jazz music, and even hosted his own talk show. In 2003, he and The Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So far, Costello has released thirty studio albums and has no plans of stopping any time soon. If you’ve never seen this talented and energetic 61-year-old perform live, there’s no way you can miss this stop in the Music City. Backed by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, this will be one truly unforgettable night of music and storytelling from one of the greats.
Roots rock band Larkin Poe are fronted by sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, and have been performing together since their teenage years. They started off their career with sister Jessica and began touring as the Lovell Sisters in 2005. At the time, they played folky Americana music, which landed them many major festival spots and a constant touring schedule. After disbanding in 2009, Rebecca and Megan started their own project, named after their great-great-great-grandfather, who was allegedly a distant cousin of Edgar Allan Poe. In 2010, they released four EPs named after each season, and quickly followed up with the Thick as Thieves EP the next year. After snagging a record deal in 2013, they released their debut full-length LP KIN a few months later. Their edgy, southern-inspired sound was praised by many, including acclaimed producer T Bone Burnett. He recruited the band for Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, and were featured alongside tour mate Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes and many others. This year, they released their second studio album Reskinned, which features gritty, fuzzy vocals driven by thunderous electric guitar. Make sure you get there early to experience their modern take on soulful southern-inspired rock in person.
Elvis Costello, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Larkin Poe will perform Monday, Oct. 17 at The Ryman Auditorium. The show is all ages, begins at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $49.50-69.50.