Capture Kentucky was created as a creative outlet for my photography. I wanted the opportunity to try my hand at photographing as many different events and attractions as possible. I simply wanted to grow as an artist myself. I knew that I would eventually end up leaning on music, but what I didn’t know, was just how much Capture Kentucky would mean to everyone else.
On Sunday, August 12th, the musical community came out in full force and drove home just how much the work we do here means. This article has been a huge challenge for me because I want to make sure the community knows that the love they showered me with is truly appreciated.
I know what you’re thinking. What in tarnation is Capture Kentucky doing in Iowa? The simple answer is the Hinterland Festival. The true reason is that I had the incredibly rare opportunity to make a very long trek to see three unique Kentucky artists surrounded by some of my personal favorite artists on this planet that we call Earth.
Do I have your attention yet? Good. The Hinterland Festival is a two-day event that has created one of the best lineups that I have ever seen put together. While we weren’t able to stay for the Friday night event that included Ancient Posse, Tash Sultana, Chvrches, and Band Of Horses. We were able to catch everyone on Saturday. We saw sets from Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, Nathaniel Rateliff, Blackberry Smoke, Anderson East, Margo Price, J. Roddy Walston And The Business and as a nightcap in the campground, Wheeler Walker, Jr.! A little piece of Kentucky Heaven in the beauty of Iowa.
Make sense why Capture Kentucky was in Iowa now? Good! Now let’s talk a bit about the Hinterland Festival itself. (more…)
Day two at the INKcarceration Festival was all about the music. The lineup on Sunday, if you looked at my iTunes, you’d think that I could’ve possibly had a hand in putting that lineup together. There were so many incredible artists, one right after the other. The good thing about it? At INKcarceration, bands never overlap so actually get to see all the bands you pay for.
Tattoos, music, food and one of my favorite places were enough to draw me North to Mansfield, OH. The 2018 INKcarceration Festival is a music and tattoo festival that hosted 70+ tattoo artists 33 bands over three days at the historic Ohio State Reformatory, or as most refer to it, the Shawshank Prison.
That’s correct, my personal favorite movie (and hopefully yours), Stephen King’s ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ was filmed on location in and around Mansfield, OH. (more…)
Shania Twain is a name that needs no introduction. Shania has sold more albums than any other female Country artist in history. Due to a medical issue, she was forced to step away from her musical career back in 2004. Shania took advantage of her time off to raise her son and enjoy their time together while regaining the vocal strength needed to ultimately make her return. Shania did just that as she came back in 2011 for a concert residency in Vegas that ran for about three years. She didn’t release another album until 2017, which came two years after Shania announced her farewell tour back in 2015. Thankfully for us, she changed her mind and we were able to catch her in Louisville.
Persistent heat and unforgivable humidity couldn’t put a damper on the 15th annual ROMP Fest held at Yellow Creek Park outside of Owensboro, Ky. from June 27-30. Continuously gathering the best in bluegrass, old-time and roots music, the festival’s 2018 iteration featured headline and standout performances from Alison Krauss, Leftover Salmon, Billy Strings, Love Canon and others.
Missing earlier sets on Thursday from the likes of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, bluegrass state native Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder and others, I arrived just prior to Colorado music and ROMP veterans Leftover Salmon. The group opened their set with frontman Vince Herman singing about the state’s rolling hills and ever-flowing moonshine on “Kentucky Skies” before jumping into more from 2012’s such as “Liza” and the Drew Emmit led “Gulf of Mexico.” Later bassist Greg Garrison took the lead on “Analog,” a tune bursting at the seams with twang and a silky smooth groove. The group has developed an undeniable chemistry in their 25+ year lifespan as evidenced by taking over on lead vocals, but each member also has the ability to take command at ease on instrumentals, from Erik Deutsch’s finger dancing on keys to Alwyn Robinson’s “Drums and Space” -esque solos to Andy Thorn’s clawhammer picking, helping to elevate the group to the peak of a budding jamgrass music scene.
This review will be a bit different than most. We will certainly discuss the massive production that Taylor Swift brought to our Commonwealth, but first, I want to talk a bit about how my entire idea for this review just wasn’t going to say what needs to be said and I’ll tell you the exact moment when that happened.
Having seen some of the largest pop artists going, I fully expected all the bells, whistles, pyro and dancers. What I really didn’t grasp was just how much Taylor Swift actually means to her fans. From age 3 to age 70, I saw their hearts in their eyes. Each of them had that loving, caring look that your Grandmother gives you. You know the one. The one where her eyes seem to smile from the love and pride she has for you.
I’ve spoken at length on this site about how special shows are when an artist returns home to the folks that helped create them. I’m going to do that again, but this time, it’s different. It’s special. It’s electric and if you missed it, I am truly sorry.
Lawrence County was the spot where the earth and cosmos collided to allow us earthlings to receive our Country Music Savior, but Lexington, Kentucky and Huntington, WV shaped this young man into the entertainer that he is. If you haven’t pieced it together by now, I’m talking about Kentucky’s newest favorite son, Mr. Tyler Childers. (more…)
On Thursday it was time for another installment (number three of ten to be exact) of the Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series here in Whitesburg Kentucky. The beautiful weather and all the local schools being out for the summer saw the biggest crowd yet at the Mountain Heritage stage for what promised to be an entertaining evening of music with Appalatin and Zoe Speaks.
Zoe Speaks with their blend of Folk/Americana/ Old-Time Mountain music and award-winning songwriting was the first on stage tonight. Zoe Speaks is a band with deep eastern Kentucky ties; Carla Gover (Vocals, Banjo) is originally from right here in Whitesburg while Mitch Barrett (Vocals, Guitar) is from up north in Madison County. They were joined on stage by their daughter Zoey Barret on fiddle and vocals. They are presently working on their 4th album Wings with Jesse Wells (touring with Tyler Childers) at the helm producing and engineering, look for it real soon! (more…)
Recently, I founnd myself back in Whitesburg for the second installment of the ten-week Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music series (http://concerts.levittamp.org/whitesburg).
This week we switch from bluegrass to rock, country, Americana and a little blues. No rain or overcast skies this time around, the weather was perfect! That perfect weather brought out a decent crowd for this week’s free concert.
Starting off this week’s show is The Seth Ferguson Experience a rock band from just up the road in Paintsville, Kentucky. A really solid band! They played mostly original tunes and a killer cover of Neil Young’s “Heart Of Gold”. Several songs from their debut album Seth Ferguson ‘Man Vs Guitar‘ including “Secret Admiration” “Hello, Again” and “Dark Night of the Soul”, before closing out their set with a track off of a live recording, ‘Live @ HBD 2018‘ “The Game”. If they are going to be in your area go out and give them a listen. I think, like me, you’ll be a new fan! (more…)