If you’re a reader of this site, you’re likely aware of Mr. Tyler Childers. Capture Kentucky began shortly before Childers debut ‘Purgatory’ hit the “Outer-Commonwealth”, so we’ve been fortunate to cover Tyler in many different settings, including his Grand Ole Opry debut.
Having said that, it is an incredible honor to be reviewing Childers latest release in ‘Country Squire.’
Western Kentucky has always been good to me. I’ve made many friends in that area over the years. Some of which are very dear to me. *cough* Chris Bratcher *cough* One fella that I really enjoyed and I made a point to keep up with, is Bowling Green’s Clayton Crowder.
I worked a bit with Bowling Green’s legendary Sixth Floor back in the day. Wade England was a member of Sixth Floor, playing bass or guitar when needed. So once they parted ways, Wade created a new band called Undead Anna. Undead Anna featured Clayton playing rhythm guitar and providing the vocals. I really enjoyed Crowder’s stage presence and vocals in Undead Anna. So I made sure to keep my eyes and ears peeled after Undead Anna ran its course.
Crowder then joined forces with his buddies in Kiss Kiss Bang as a guitarist and he handles most of the backing vocals there, as he is still active with Kiss Kiss Bang. But much like my buddy Cameron Jayne, Clayton deserves a bigger spotlight. His voice, his abilities as a songwriter, his melodies need to be heard. (more…)
Kentucky’s Kyle Fields recently made the move back to Nashville and has hit the ground running. Kyle has been busy writing, recording and preparing his next record and that’s important for a multitude of reasons. For a more in-depth look at Kyle, check out our previous article here.
Kyle prides himself on writing the truth and delivering songs that connect with real hearts and minds. Whether it’s tugging at heartstrings or making hearts swell with a slower tune, Kyle knows where to find the right emotional fit like few can.
There’s no better feeling than being contacted about an artist and the music is so good it makes ya cuss and that just happened. So here goes, hot damn do I have an artist for you today!
Meet Sydney Adams. Sydney calls Corbin, Kentucky home and in time, she may make Corbin famous for way more than those eleven secret herbs and spices. She’s a young lady that is proud of her twang and she ain’t afraid of a steel guitar! If that doesn’t make ya wanna listen, then we really need to plan an intervention on behalf of your musical tastes, but I digress, back to the task at hand!
On July 12th, Sydney Adams is
releasing, scratch that…unleashing her incredible debut EP titled, ‘Always Home To Me.’ We’re gonna give you some insight into what to expect, but as with any artist we feature, dig in a little deeper. Kentucky is a very special place right now and there are many folks out there that deserve a closer look and Sydney is definitely a the top of that list. (more…)
One of the absolute greatest things that comes from a thing like Capture Kentucky is the relationships. We may not see each other for months, but we know who each other are and when we see each other, it’s like no time has passed and the conversation seems to pick up where it last left off.
One such relationship began with a gentleman that simply enjoyed what we do here. We got to hang out several times at last year’s Kickin It On The Creek and then several online conversations came after.
In those conversations, I was given the opportunity to read some lyrics and hear some song ideas that had been bounced around. I was COMPLETELY floored by what I was reading and hearing. Me being me, I wrote back way too much in response and likely scared the crap out of him with my gushings of praise and encouragement, but I knew on many levels that the world needed to to hear what I was hearing.
That young man, is L.G. Richardson. (more…)
The world is seeing a musical shift, a revolution, a renaissance, a renewal and a revival and Kentucky artists are leading the charge. Artists like Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson and Tyler Childers command music lovers attention. The latest sensation that is destined to follow their lead is Ian Noe.
While nothing is ever really a sure thing in music, it’s safe to put some bets on Ian Noe and his music. Ian’s music will never be heard on terrestrial radio, it’s too authentic. His music will never be on an Avenger’s soundtrack, it’s too real and his music may never top the mainstream Billboard charts, but dropping in at number 47 on the Emerging Artists Chart, poised to make a decent Top 200 debut next week, is not an easy task. With that momentum and time on his side, Ian could (and hopefully he does) prove me wrong. I’d likely never be any happier about being wrong.
Furthermore, what is evident is that Noe’s music has struck a chord with fans of real music. If the internet has done one thing right, it’s given the power to choose the music they want back to the fans, not what has been force fed through MTV or terrestrial radio.
Noe’s authenticity and relatability are precisely why his music will last well beyond the careers of the skinny jean wearing, pop stars disguised as “Country.”
A lot of what makes Ian Noe and his music unique, is the environment that he grew up in. As many Eastern Kentuckians do, Ian moved away to Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville. He tried starting a band, but was drawn back home with the promise of a decent job. Jobs are scarce in Beattyville and cities have a way of humbling a fella that isn’t used to the hustle and bustle of city life.
Beattyville is located in Lee County. I’m a lifelong Kentuckian and I spent some time in neighboring Breathitt County growing up. Yet, I’ve only been to Beattyville once. That was to visit my Grandmother’s sister. If you’ve ever been to Beattyville, I’d venture to say that your reasoning was similar. The area is somewhat of a forgotten corner of Appalachia and is often cited as one of the poorest counties in the United States. (more…)
I wanna say something that likely won’t mean anything to you, unless you know Josh Nolan. We’ll get to his new album momentarily, but I feel the need to share some insight that I feel is relevant.
Now what I am about to say, is not a negative thing. Perceptions can be tricky when trying to get the information to folks in a manner that makes sense to everyone. So follow me as I explain why this young man should be on your radar.
Our second premiere in one day? That’s right! This one is from Lexington’s C2 & The Brothers Reed. These young men have toured relentlessly and there are some amazing things on their horizon that we can’t wait to share with you. For now though, let me get you up to speed on who these guys are and why you need to know them.
Central Kentucky is currently a hotbed for talent and there is no shortage of greatness out there trying to make a name for themselves. The Americana and Country scene is thriving, while the rock scene is definitely rebounding with bands like Johnny Conqueroo, Trippin’ Roots, Sean Whiting, Mojothunder, Sour Cream and People Planet taking up the mantle. C2 & The Brothers Reed have been honing their craft for some time now and they’re poised to make an impact in a big way.
If you’re a reader of this site, you’ll know that we absolutely LOVE Mr. Sean Whiting. His vocals are rarely matched. So given the opportunity to premiere his new album, ‘High Expectations’, we jumped at the opportunity! With this album, I don’t have to say a single word, because this album speaks volumes. This one hits on May 3rd through Eastwood Records in Louisville So without further ado, enjoy this absolute gem from the hills of Eastern Kentucky!
There must be something in the water of Johnson County, Kentucky. Known as the birthplace of such country titans as Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle and Chris Stapleton, the sweeping hills of eastern Kentucky continue to bear witness to music inventors. Americana singer-songwriter Sean Whiting is also a product of these humble roots and shines a light on the many phases of life with his upcoming sophomore record High Expectations. (more…)