I’m blown away, on nearly a daily basis, by the talent our Commonwealth continues to produce. I saw an article recently with the title “Country Music Was Born, & Is Now Being Reborn, In Appalachia“, the article itself is a pretty simplistic piece, but I couldn’t agree more with its title.
Folks like the “Whiskey Riff” don’t cover artists until they reach a certain level of fandom. In doing so, they barely scratch the surface of what is actually happening here in Kentucky. They’re pumping out short and simple articles that focus on the “it” artists of the moment. They’re going for clicks. We’re here for the music, the artists, the discoveries of Kentucky’s hidden gems.
In a rather short period of time, Kentucky’s Dillon Carmichael has staked his claim as one of the best young songwriters in Nashville. Dillon moved to Nashville right after High School. He landed a publishing deal and took off chasing his dream and that’s where I want to let Dillon’s lyrics speak for themselves. In the track “That’s What Hank Would Do”, Dillon tells us how he became the young man he is today. Check it out:
I pulled into Nashville
Writin’ songs for the radio
But chasin’ a sound didn’t work
I had to stick to what I know
And then I asked myself
“What would Hank do?”
He’d say “In with the old and out with the new”
That openness and honesty is a breath of fresh air for me. You’ll get no “Bro Country” or “Tractor Rap” from Dillon Carmichael. He’s a troubadour with a retro style of real country and his (more…)
The WWE made a stop recently at Kentucky’s Rupp Arena. I hope you enjoy the photos!
Jeremy Short, the Jackson, Kentucky “original recipe” singer-songwriter and genre-bending guitar blazer, has quickly risen to the top-shelf of must-hear players on both the local and international scene.
First qualifying for the International Blues Challenge, a world-wide competition put on by The Blues Foundation, in 2016 and again in 2017, Short semi-finaled both years he’s been there, ranking him among the top 32 independent blues acts on the planet.
Now he’s going back in 2019, determined to make the third time the charm.
“You can’t compete three years in a row. So, I had to sit out 2018, which I think made me want it even more. I’ve spent the year on the road with my band, Short & Company, and a lot of times when you’re not on stage, and you’re four musicians who look like they’ve lived in a van for the last month — because you have — you can feel the air of disapproval. It’s like Segar said in “Turn The Page” — you can hear the whispers of ‘Why don’t they get a REAL job?’ At least, you do in your head, if not from their mouths.”
“Getting to be back in that atmosphere again, surrounded by musicians from anywhere you can think of — Japan, France, Iran, Spain, you name it — the energy is palpable. It’s incredibly inspiring.”
The hotbed of talent that lies within our great Commonwealth surprises me on an almost daily basis. Country music or as some call it, Americana, is pretty prevalent around these parts, but the music community is extremely diverse at the moment. We have Rock, Rap, Soul, Singer-Songwriters, Metal, Circus Sideshow performers and just about anything you can dream up.
In this article, I want to shine a little light on a band that is based in Morehead. The band is Bedford and their business is rock’n’roll. And from where I’m sitting, business (more…)
Having been around music and musicians, I know the nervousness and anxiety-inducing thoughts an artist goes through as they release new music. No matter how confident you are or how great you may feel the music is, you still worry about being too open and how others will receive and perceive your music. On Saturday night at The Burl, Coby Langham went through those very emotions and fears as he unleashed his debut EP, ‘Years On The Road’. If you’d like to know our thoughts on the EP, you can find that here. When I asked Coby before the show, how he overcame his fears, he gave a very simple answer…”Whiskey.” Ahhhhhh, the ole liquid courage!
Some of the greatest songs written were written by troubled, sometimes tortured souls. It seems that madness and genius share the same real estate in their complicated minds. Having said that, I want to introduce you to an artist that I’m proud to call my friend. Meet Danville, Kentucky’s Coby Langham. Coby is a truck driver by trade and (more…)
If you’re a reader of this site, you’ve likely read one of the many articles that I have written about Kentucky’s newest favorite son, Tyler Childers. If this is your first time here, feel free to take a look around, but more importantly, thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy what we do here.
When an artist returns to their home state, it is always a love fest and attending those shows are my favorite activity in life. I’ve seen wonderfully talented folks return home for a show. Folks like Dwight Yoakam, Sundy Best, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, The Kentucky Headhunters, Black Stone Cherry and of course, Mr. Tyler Childers.
Tyler’s meteoric rise has been an incredible journey to watch and one that we’ve been honored to help document. Late last year, we saw Tyler (more…)
If you’re a reader of this site, you know that attending hometown shows of Kentucky artists is our favorite activity. So on Saturday we loaded up and headed to Glasgow for night two of Black Stone Cherry’s sold-out performances at the historic Plaza Theatre.
The guys all grew up in and around the small nearby community of Edmonton. They formed several years ago and have had a tremendous run over the last 12 years or so. After releasing several albums under the Roadrunner Label, the band left for greener pastures and ultimately ended up at Mascot Records.
So with a new found freedom and total control over their creativity and direction, the guys have continued to not only survive, but to thrive in the world of streaming and illegal downloads. That’s not only a testament
Trans Siberian Orchestra visited Lexington, KY on December 6th with their fantastic “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” at Rupp Arena. This show immersed the audience in an experience not soon to be forgotten. Along with traditional Christmas favorites, TSO performed new pieces for the audience to experience for the first time. Members of the Orchestra played from all over the arena, even soaring above the audience at times, and playing from a platform at the rear of the auditorium. Everyone, regardless of their seating section, were given a fabulous view of the show. The show was way more than just a regular concert, it went beyond a musical experience, as audience members were treated to a superb light show, LED screen projections, pyrotechnics, and even falling “snow”. Each performance by TSO includes regional guest performers, like Anna Marie Blanton from Jericho Woods, (more…)