Album Reviews, Photos - posted on November 17, 2018 by

Meet Sour Cream As They Unleash Their Sweet Self-Titled Debut

It’s no secret that Kentucky has become a hotbed for talent over the last couple of years and I want to introduce you to one of the young guns. Meet Sour Cream. If you’ve followed the site, you may remember these guys from our Cinder & Smoke Fest earlier this year. If not, let me fill ya in a bit.

Back in the late 1990’s the music scene in Lexington was booming with venues like The Wrocklage hosting tons of bands that have went on to become household names. The scene at that time had a few local bands that had a real shot at becoming a household name themselves. Rock bands like Black Cat Bone, 10 Foot Pole, The Blueberries and Gold Tooth Display were the Kings of the scene and that rich history is now giving us some very talented young rockers of our own to cherish. Sour Cream, People Planet and Johnny Conqueroo all have ties the bands above and you can see two of them tonight (11/17) at Al’s Bar in Lexington, as Sour Cream celebrates the release of their debut self-titled album. (more…)

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Album Reviews, Music - posted on November 15, 2018 by

Despite A Late Start To His Career, Dan Conn’s Music Continues to ‘Shine On.’

For me, I look for music that moves me. That can be construed in a couple of different ways, so let me clarify a bit. With Dan Conn, you’re not buying a dance record. You’re buying a collection of short stories with the sole purpose of soliciting an emotional response. Be it love, loss or heartbreak, Dan Conn’s songs are relatable at nearly every level.

I’ll call it a blue-collar authenticity. His songs are real. They’re matter of factly in nature and they deserve your attention. Especially if you listen to music as intently as I try and tell myself that I do.

For ‘Shine On’, Conn has decided to keep it simple. An album sans drums is a bit of a risk nowadays, and I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t miss them in certain songs, but what that allows you to do, as a listener, is focus on the stories. You get to enjoy the colorful contrasts as Conn weaves his tapestry without distractions.

I was able to catch a performance of Dan Conn as a trio at (more…)

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Events, Music - posted on November 14, 2018 by

Guitar Virtuoso John 5 With Hellzapoppin Sideshow Circus at Manchester Music Hall

How does one define John 5? Is he rock? Is he country? Is he heavy metal? What about emo, industrial or bluegrass? Truth is there is not one set genre to fit John 5 within. In a world where music must be defined, John 5 breaks every mold by continually changing and adapting his style. John 5 is truly a student of his craft and has become known as a master of said craft by many colleagues around the world.

John 5 performed right here in Lexington at Manchester Music Hall. John 5 is known by most fans for his guitar work with Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, but he has worked with lots of different artists over the years. Folks like David Lee Roth, Rob Halford, K.D. Lang and even Meatloaf. If you enjoy talent and different sytles, this show is a can’t miss show. As an added bonus, we got to see the Hellzapoppin Sideshow Circus, which we covered earlier this year at the Inkcarceration Festival in Ohio. (more…)

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Concert Photos, Events, Music, Photos - posted on November 2, 2018 by

Star City Sessions At Gearheart Auditorium In Prestonsburg Featuring Nicholas Jamerson, Bek and Tim Smallwood, Sean Whiting And Grayson Jenkins

Nicholas Jamerson

Bek and Tim Smallwood

Sean Whiting

Grayson Jenkins

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Music - posted on October 31, 2018 by

Exclusive U.S. Premiere: Rhyan Sinclair Debuts Her Beautiful “Let the Light in (In the Name of Christmas)”

I want to begin by saying this song will be one of the most moving songs you will hear in 2018. I do not say that lightly. The compassion and heart within Rhyan Sinclair’s message will stop you in your tracks and when you find out that the wisdom within was written by a 17-year old young lady, you will have a little faith restored in humanity.

When asked to explain the meaning and her intentions of the song, Rhyan simply stated, “Let the Light in (In the Name of Christmas)”, touches on the divisive times we live in and the hope that the holiday season can bring us together.

Let the Light in (In the Name of Christmas)” will be one of two new originals included on her new Christmas EP titled, ‘Marshmallow World’, which was (more…)

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Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Music, Photos - posted on October 29, 2018 by

Kentucky’s Current King Of Country Music, Chris Stapleton, Returns Home To Rupp Arena With Marty Stuart And Brent Cobb

I have written several articles about when artists return home to Kentucky, but in my lifetime, none will likely be bigger than Chris Stapleton playing Rupp Arena. As a fellow Eastern Kentuckian, Rupp Arena to us, is like the Ryman. It’s our Mother Church. It’s an arena named after Coach Adolph Rupp and is the home of our beloved Kentucky Wildcats in downtown Lexington. For a Kentucky artist, that was born in this city, to rise in popularity and be able to sell-out over 17,000 seats at Rupp Arena is unheard of. Unchartered territory, even.

The Kentucky Headhunters, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Backstreet Boys featured a couple Kentuckians, John Michael Montgomery and Montgomery Gentry had some great success. But Chris Stapleton is the only singular artist to have sold-out Rupp Arena as a headliner to be born in Lexington. At least to my knowledge.

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Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Music - posted on October 26, 2018 by

Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein Destroys Manchester Music Hall In Lexington

Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein is a legend in the annals of Punk Rock history. At the tender young age of sixteen, he was skulking about the stage in Frankenstein attire playing quick licks for Hall of Fame snubbed Horror Punk Band, The Misfits. The costume-clad group made a name for themselves in the early eighties with horror-themed theatrics and morbid, sometimes outlandish lyrics that embodied the true nature of Punk Rock. After going through several members in his previous band, Gorgeous Frankenstein, Doyle along with the band’s latest singer, Alex Tory decided to move on under Doyle’s name. The band has had success releasing two albums and several collaborations with industry heavyweights. (more…)

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Events, Music - posted on October 25, 2018 by

DEVILDRIVER Kicks Off “Outlaws ‘Til The End” U.S. Headline Tour. Making A Stop In Lexington!

Globally renowned, chart-topping band DEVILDRIVER are kicking off their U.S. headline tour – supporting their new full-length album of outlaw country-gone-metal anthems, Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1 – today in Phoenix, AZ! The tour features support from Jinjer and Raven Black. See below and www.devildriver.com/tour-dates for a full listing of dates.

Vocalist Dez Fafara says, “DEVILDRIVER hits the road in support of Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1 in the USA! We’ve got some special songs in store for you all on this run and we can’t wait to share the stage with Jinjer in support of their new EP. Along with us will be Raven Black as well! Tickets are going really fast and many venues are very close to selling out on these fall shows so fair warning! October/November is my favorite time to tour, so come join the madness and get the f-ck in the pit with DEVILDRIVER!(more…)

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Music - posted on October 24, 2018 by

Hillbilly Poetry: A Snapshot Of Kentucky’s Kyle Fields

With Capture Kentucky, we do our best to shine a light on local artists and to create opportunities within our Commonwealth. Opportunities that can grow right alongside us as we support the incredibly deep pool of talent here.

I want to introduce you to a young man that left Kentucky to chase his dreams in Nashville. Kyle Fields spent about five years living in Nashville and performing in many of the staples up and down Broadway, as well as many writers rounds. But it was his love for family, friends, our music community and UK Basketball that brought him to Lexington in August of 2017.

Kyle was born and raised in Greenup, Kentucky. He grew tired (more…)

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Attractions, Events, Photos - posted on October 22, 2018 by

A Spectacle Like No Other! The Louisville Jack’O’Lantern Spectacular At Iroqouis Park.

What’s better than a brisk walk on a cool Autumn night? A slow walk through Iroquois Park in Louisville where over 5,000 pumpkins are carved and displayed for your viewing pleasure. That’s what. Don’t believe me? Follow me!

Now in it’s sixth year, The Jack’O’Lantern Spectacular is an absolute must-see. Why? That’s the only way that you’ll believe it and that’s why I’m writing this article. I want you to see with your own eyes, why you should make the trip.

The path is littered with thousands of carved pumkpins, but it is so much more (more…)

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