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…)
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…)
Bek and Tim Smallwood
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…)
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.
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…)
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…)
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…)
In 2017, The Moonshiner’s Ball was the first festival that I covered as Capture Kentucky. I covered many shows and we featured many festivals on my old site,Unsung Melody, but most were out of state.
As Capture Kentucky began to evolve into what you’re reading now, I quickly came to the realization that festivals like The Moonshiner’s Ball are way more important than large overpriced festivals. Mainly because there importance immediately impacts the culture that I care most about and that’s my community. My State. My friends. Besides, without festivals like Moonshiner’s, where would the bands on those large overpriced festivals get the traction to make it to those bigger paydays?
I want to start this article by saying something that I can likely never say about another artist. I have never heard an album that captures a person’s personality more than Chelsea Nolan’s new release, ‘chelsea.’ What does that even mean? Glad you asked. Follow me down the rabbit hole and enjoy this one!
I’ve spent some time with Chelsea over the last year. I was honored to take a few photos for promotional purposes and I’ve seen her perform several times. In a way, I watched these songs be born and grow into what you now hear.