When I sat down to write this article, it was originally going to be just ten artists. I had so much trouble trying to whittle down my list, that I ultimately decided to write until I felt the list was full. Turns out that the magic number wound up being twenty-three, so I figure why not dedicate this article to the Country Music Highway or as the Government calls it, U.S. 23!
This list includes every genre out there, so there truly is something for everyone here. If you know me at all, talent is talent, so enjoy this musical smorgasbord. I hope you find an artist that compels you to get involved. See a show. Buy a CD. Buy a shirt. Support the artists or lose the art.
By the way, these are in no particular order. Why? because I feel rankings and things like a battle of the bands causes more division in a musical community than they’re worth. The intent of this article is for us all to lift each other up. We’ll call it “Fan-Sharing” for lack of a better term. So here goes! (more…)
You are asking yourself, what is a Star City Circus Jam? Glad you asked! Star City Circus Jam is a joint effort between The Revival (Kris Bentley’s (Sundy Best) band) and the Mountain Arts Center. The idea was to bring local and regional musicians and artist together for a day of music and arts. The Mountain Arts Center was the perfect place to host this gathering.
The festivities got underway at 2 pm with musical performances in the lobby by Waylon Ray Nelson, Brandon Campbell and Prototype. Tables were set up near the concession stand for a free community lunch provided by The Lunchroom Project. On the other side of the lobby you found craftsman, painters and woodworkers all with work on display and for sale. It was a great environment setting the tone for what was to come in the MAC’s main auditorium. (more…)
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!