Edmonton, KY – I personally have been singing the praises of this young band to anyone that would listen for quite some time now. In fact, back in 2014, I reviewed their John Brim Tribute Album and covered their CD Release show. If you’d like to read those, you can find them on Unsung Melody here.
It’s always good to catch up with Kentucky artists, especially when that artist is Black Stone Cherry! They, as they always do, put on a fantastic show for the fans at The Shed in Maryville, TN. If you haven’t seen these guys yet, do yourself a favor and change that…ASAP! (more…)
Recently I made the trek back to the Corbin Arena for another night at a rock show. This time it was for a trio of bands that dominated the radio waves for several years. The tour included Collective Soul, Our Lady Peace and a band that I feel was heavily underrated in Tonic. (more…)
Now before you go calling me crazy, hear me out. As I type this article, there are already several artists or bands that are currently making an impact in the music industry. For instance, Eastern Kentuckians Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson have country back on track to being a listenable art form again. Louisville’s Bryson Tiller created an entire music genre. Bowling Green’s Cage The Elephant are chart-toppers in the Alternative world and let’s not forget that they also won a Grammy. Edmonton, KY’s Black Stone Cherry continue to carry the classic rock and roll torch. You can also add Louisville’s My Morning Jacket as a festival staple and headliner. Kentucky is a fertile music bed that is about to produce even more artists. So here’s a list of artists on the brink, that we feel you outta get to know sooner, rather than later.
It’s not often that a multi-platinum artist visits a small venue like Manchester Music Hall in Lexington, but when it happens, it’s always special. The dense crowd was hanging onto every word and sang-along much of the night with vocalist Eric Martin of Mr. Big. The fact that you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more talented group than Mr. Big seemingly wasn’t lost on the Lexington crowd. As they all enjoyed the virtuoso performances provided by Paul Gilbert and bass-playing extraordinaire, Billy Sheehan. Lexington was thrilled to host these guys and by the photos, I’m sure you can tell that they were more than happy with their acceptance. Be sure and check out their new album, Defying Gravity on July 21st. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them. Share away! (more…)
Lexington, KY – With a wonderful forecast, beautiful grounds, immense talent and a whole lotta love, the 44th edition of the Festival of the Bluegrass settled in for a tradition like no other.
Since 1974, when Bob and Jean Cornett created the Festival, the Bluegrass region has hosted the biggest names that Bluegrass music has created. From Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent and everyone in between have taken the stage and bathed in the glowing love of their adorning fans.
PETE RG, an American singer/songwriter/producer from Los Angeles, CA. The name, RG, is taken from his childhood moniker, Argy, an abbreviation of his lengthy, Greek last name, Argyropoulos. He’s hitting the road for a U.S. headlining solo tour in support of his third TENDER SOULS album along with his band: Brina Kabler (keyboards, vocals), Adam Kury (bass), Dave Krusen (drums) and Kevin Haaland (lead guitar).
**Article Written By Mr. Sam Presley III. Sam is a native of New York and long-time friend of both myself and Jonathan Newsome.
Hazard, Kentucky – The Bible Belt encompasses the small town of Hazard, Kentucky. Religion runs deep and strong in the beautiful mountains in which the village is situated, and it is incorporated into the lives of the residents from birth. The people are salt of the earth types; hard working, good neighbors, hospitable, and generous with a kind word for those fortunate enough to make their acquaintance. This is God’s country. Winding roads traversing mountain sides with majestic views are the norm. Small houses of worship line the way, seeming to sprout from the mountains like the trees that manage to find purchase in the exposed bedrock. Faith is worn as a badge of honor in these parts. (more…)
Louisville, Kentucky – Danny Wimmer Presents is thrilled to announce the official headliners and first phase of musicians, chefs, food and beverage experiences for BOURBON & BEYOND, it’s bold, new, bourbon-inspired festival taking place for the first time on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Somerset, Kentucky – Festival community stars Dawes, an Americana folk-rock band recently featured on the main stage at Bonnaroo and two sold-out shows at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, will headline the 24th Master Musicians Festival July 7-8, 2017, at Somerset Community College’s Festival Field. The two-day event is presented by Don Marshall Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.
Dawes will be followed on Saturday night by MMF’s most requested band, Blackberry Smoke, a southern/country rock band from Atlanta, Georgia, whose 2016 album, “Like an Arrow,” landed at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Country and Americana/Folk charts. Blackberry Smoke has toured with country and rock greats such as the Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd. (more…)