The Birchmere has a well-deserved reputation as a place that musicians love to play. There are a lot of reasons for that, but probably chief among them is the fact that the staff of the venue respects the music and the artists who make it. The emphasis, in this listening room, is on the listening. When the artist is on stage there is little, if any, chatter from the audience. The audience at the Birchmere is there for the act, for the songs, and for the experience. If you want a place to have a beer and rehash your day at the office while some artist tries to pour out his soul, this is not the venue for you. In fact, your fellow ticket holders may ask you kindly to put a sock in it. There have been some artists who found the intensity of the patrons staring at them and listening, quietly, to be quite unnerving.
J.M. McSpadden III is a writer and a roots music enthusiast who believes that every life needs to find its own soundtrack, and every road trip is an opportunity to full tilt boogie. Let's face it, people, a car ain't nothin' but a stereo on wheels. A portable listening room.