If you’ve seen this site before, you’ll know the concept. I find Kentucky bands and artists that I feel need a little spotlight and I do my best to convey the reasons you should care. My motto is pretty simple, support the artists or lose the art. That should be a pretty compelling argument, but I’m sure you’ll want more, so let’s get started.
One of the bands that have been on my radar for some time, is Lexington’s Magnolia Boulevard. I’ve watched several performances on the ole Tube of You, but I just hadn’t had the opportunity to catch them live. Thankfully though, that all changed on Saturday night at The Burl.
If Country Music is King in Kentucky, Rupp Arena is it’s Palace. Kentucky’s Queen will always be Loretta Lynn, but on Friday, the Palace got a visit from a Princess. As Miranda Lambert brought her “Livin’ Like Hippies” Tour to Lexington. In tow where Jon Pardi and The Steel Wheels.
The cool thing about a Country show at Rupp Arena is there’s usually a pre-show concert in the lobby of Heritage Hall, near the food court. Just so happens, some old friends were playing the Austin City Sound Stage on Friday. Scott Said & Backroads don’t really need an introduction around here, they’ve long been considered one of the premier cover bands around. Traffic was an issue for me, so I didn’t have enough time to get see my friends, but I did hear a couple songs in the lobby. So if you’re attending a country show at Rupp, I highly recommend you get there early and check out some local talent. Lexington is absolutely loaded right now and I wish that 98.1 The Bull, WBUL would pay more attention to local artists. (more…)
Raised in Jackson, Kentucky (Sturgill Simpson’s hometown), singer-songwriter and genre-bending guitar blazer, Jeremy Short, has quickly risen to the top shelf of must-hear players.
Short was raised in a musical family where music poured out everywhere – at church, the piano, the dinner table – you name it. The son of a rock ‘n’ roll drummer, he first found his professional groove as lead guitarist and frontman for the R&B horn band, Downtown King, and the lead guitarist for Sasha Colette’s red-hot Americana backing band, The Magnolias. Now armed with his own water-tight rhythm section, the twenty-something rounds out Short & Company with the talents of Trevor Litteral (bass, backing vocals) and Taylor Jones (drums, backing vocals).
While Short and Company have built blue-collar audiences, electrified crowds in Memphis, and bested hundreds of bands to make it to the semi-finals of the International Blues Challenge, they’ve also quickly become a favorite in the regional festival and club scenes.
Festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents today announced the bourbon lineup for the 2018 installment of Bourbon & Beyond, the world’s largest bourbon festival. The annual celebration of award-winning bourbons, master distillers, legendary musicians, chefs, and an unforgettable showcase of the craftsmanship, soul and spirit of Louisville will be held Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23 in Louisville, Kentucky.
See the official bourbon announce video here:
The festival’s centerpiece, the Big Bourbon Bar, will feature more than two dozen bourbons selected by best-selling author and renowned bourbon authority, Fred Minnick,Bourbon & Beyond’s official bourbon curator. Acclaimed Louisville whiskey bar Silver Dollar will operate The Hunter’s Club, where attendees can find vintage bourbons dating as far back as the 1930s, as well as contemporary collectibles — which last year included more than 50 rarities. The festival also announces the return of Fred Minnick’s Mini Bar, which will showcase this year’s craft bourbon selections: Hartfield & Co., MB Roland, Old Pogue, Wade Lyn Ranch and Wilderness Trail. (more…)
Miranda Lambert has been on the road early in 2018 on her new “Livin’ Like Hippies” tour. You’d be hard-pressed to name a female act bigger than she is in Country Music. So her stop in Lexington at Rupp Arena on Friday is a pretty dog-gone big deal. So join us for a performance from Scott Said & Backroads in the Civic Center before the show. Then join us inside as one of my favorite bands, The Steel Woods opens up the night. I saw these guys with Blackberry Smoke last year, before their album was released and they blew me away. I’m betting that trend continues. Can’t wait to see them again. Then Jon Pardi brings his many hits to the stage before Miranda Lambert does her best to burn the place down. If you see us, say hey!!
The tour takes its name from the lyrics of Miranda’s song “Highway Vagabond” which appears on “The Nerve” side of her 24-song double album, “The Weight Of These Wings.”
• Mar. 01: Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena
• Mar. 02: Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
• Mar. 03: Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center
• Mar. 08: Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
• Mar. 09: Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
• Mar. 10 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
• Mar. 15: Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
• Mar. 16: St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
• Mar. 17: Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
• Mar. 22: Newark, NJ Prudential Center
• Mar. 23: State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center
• Mar. 24: Winston Salem, NC Lawrence Joel Veterans
There are times when I do what I do here at Capture Kentucky and I find it difficult to convey just what I want to say. It’s not writer’s block or anything like that, it’s just that some things just have to be experienced to truly understand them. This past Saturday night with Dillon Carmichael and Tyler Booth was one of those moments.
Having said that, I want to try and tell a different angle to this story. I want to shine a light on just how special this show could wind up being. Only time will tell us for sure, but I believe we all witnessed a show that will be talked about for years to come. (more…)
There are very few guitarists that are as versatile as John 5. He’s known for his gothic styling and stints playing with both Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, but there is much more to this guitar virtuoso. He has even written a song with Kentucky’s own, Black Stone Cherry. That track is titled “Killing Floor” and can be found on their ‘Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea’ release. We were certainly grateful that he chose to make a stop in Lexington at the Manchester Music Hall. We hope you enjoy the photos!
Kentucky is known as the bluegrass state. Some days, I’m not sure if it’s due to all the beautiful horse farms or the fact that bluegrass music was born here. At any rate, we’re going with the latter for this article. One of the finest bluegrass bands around is based right here in Bourbon County, which is also where Capture Kentucky happens to call home. That may be a force that would cause many to be biased towards an artist. A little hometown love. That isn’t who we are here at Capture Kentucky. We promise you that we will never just put our name on something that we don’t believe in. If we write about anything, it will be sincere and honest. We also promise that we will never be negative towards an art form or artist. We don’t have time for negativity. If we don’t like something, we don’t write about it or at the very least, we will find something positive to include. But I digress, the purpose of this article is to share our thoughts on the recent transitions that have taken place within The Wooks and how they’ve shaped the live show. (more…)
The Appalshop Theater might be the best 200 seat or less theater in the region, maybe even the state. Literally, not a bad seat in the house, freshly renovated with new seats and carpet, Appalshop is a great place to watch a show!
Watching a show is exactly what’s going on tonight but let me add a mid-February night that found me sitting outside before the show wearing a short sleeve tee shirt. That’s crazy for this time of year, but this is Kentucky, wait 15 minutes and the weather will change! The weather outside, while nice, was nothing compared to what was about to go on inside the theater.
What was about to happen inside was amazing. Led Zeppelin 2 brought the thrill of a Led Zeppelin show to a small theater in southeast Kentucky, if you weren’t there you really missed out! Also missing out on what could be the last “Evening with Concert Series” show presented by Greg Napier at the Appalshop Theater, but that’s a subject for another article. Tonight was about the magic that was and is the music of Led Zeppelin. (more…)
We were all incredibly saddened by the loss 0f T-Roy. He meant so much to Kentucky and her people. We will miss him forever, but at least we have some new songs to help us remember him. RIP Troy Lee Gentry. Kentucky will always love you.
Montgomery Gentry returns to the top of the charts with their new album, “Here’s To You,” which debuted this week at #1 on iTunes Country Album Chart, #2 on Billboard’s Top Country Album chart, and #1 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart. “Here’s To You” was produced by award-winning producers Noah Gordon and Shannon Houchins and released on Average Joes Entertainment.
With three-plus years since their last release, “Here’s To You,” is proving that it was worth the wait.
Rave reviews continue to pour in including nods by NPR’s “All Songs Considered” which included “Here’s To You,” in its “essential new releases” podcast, and said “it’s very soulful, it’s rooted in southern rock…when you get to the chorus, every single chorus, they just nail it..this is that full-on connected to southern-rock sound…”
Likewise, Rolling Stone Country said the album was “a tried-and-true mix of uptempo party rockers, heartfelt patriotism and small-town nostalgia…”
The Toledo Blade remarked, “It is hard-charging, at times patriotic, and faithful to the Montgomery Gentry sound.”
Sounds Like Nashville also raved, “Here’s To You” is undeniably Montgomery Gentry that fans will undoubtedly love, mixing their signature country sound with tried and true topics that celebrate small towns, unsung heroes and the spirit of America….the album delivers the best of the duo and is perhaps their most diverse album yet.”
Montgomery Gentry recently kicked off their “Here’s To You” tour. Listed below is an updated list of tour stops.
“Here’s To You” Updated Tour Schedule:
2/23/18 – Indianapolis, IN – 8 Seconds Saloon 3/2/18 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall 3/3/18 – Lynchburg, VA – Phase 2 3/7/18 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena 3/9/18 – Jordan, NY – Kegs Canalside 3/10/18 – Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s 3/16/18 – Medina, OH – Thirsty Cowboy 3/17/18 – Columbus, OH – The Bluestone 3/23/18 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City 3/24/18 – Augusta, GA – Country Club Dance Hall and Saloon 4/6/18 – Millington, TN – Memphis International Raceway 4/13/18 – Las Vegas, NV – Stoney’s Rockin’ Country 4/14/18 – Grande Ronde, OR – Spirit Mountain Casino 4/28/18 – Hiawassee, GA – Anderson Music Hall 5/11/2018 – Highland Heights, KY – BB&T Arena 5/12/18 – Bloomington, IL – Grossinger Motors Arena 5/18/18 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – F.M. Kirby Center 5/19/18 – Fredericksburg, VA – Celebrate Virginia After Hours 5/20/18 – Portsmouth, VA – Portsmouth Pavilion 5/26/18 – Camdenton, MO – Ozarks Amphitheater 6/2/18 – Marion, KS – Chingawassa Days Festival 6/10/18 – Hunter, NY – Taste of Country 7/6/18 – Ft. Loramie, OH – Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes 7/13/18 – New Salem, ND – ND Country Fest 7/14/18 – Pierz, MN – Pierz Freedom Fest 7/20/18 – Hillsboro, MO – Jefferson County Fair 7/21/18 – Springville, IN – The Boogie 7/26/18 – Morgantown, WV – Mountainfest Motorcycle Rally 7/27/18 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse 7/28/18 – Bar Harbor, ME – Criterion Theater 8/2/18 – West Allis, WI – Wisconsin State Fair 8/17/18 – Zanesville, OH – Muskingum County Fair 9/8/18 – Manistee, MI – Little River Casino 9/15/18 – Ventura, CA – Boots and Brews (more…)