The Cinder & Smoke Fest is our baby here at Capture Kentucky. It was an idea that was born as an opportunity to showcase some of the great artists that we feature here. A way to bring our articles to life, if you will. Last year, it was held in Lexington at Proud Mary BBQ. We had a great first year and we loved the location, the people, the food and everything about Proud Mary. The decision to move Cinder & Smoke was made to allow us the freedom to move to a ticketed event, as Proud Mary BBQ prefers to simply have an open door policy.
Enter Shawn & Crystal Hatcher. They were the gracious hosts for the 2019 version of the Cinder & Smoke Fest. They own Thatcher’s Downtown, a very cool restaurant in Jackson, Kentucky. Thatcher’s isn’t your normal little hometown restaurant. They serve breakfast, often have doughnuts, coffee, beer and barbeque. They also host live music and have been very supportive in providing a venue and wanting to grow their restaurant, as well as a music scene in their hometown. So the decision to move Cinder & Smoke to Jackson was made much easier. (more…)
Our Cinder & Smoke Fest happens this Saturday, June 22nd. Capture Kentucky and Thatcher’s Downtown worked together to create a diverse lineup of artists that we each believe in.
We feel that we did that and then some. We assembled one of the best lineups you’ll see all Summer and it will be awesome from top to bottom. We have T.A. Clayton & The Soulminers, Rhyan Sinclair, Eric Bolander, Chelsea Nolan, Short & Company, Laid Back Country Picker, Magnolia Boulevard and Arlo McKinley & the Lonesome Sound.
That’s one stacked lineup and tickets are a mere $15 in advance or $20 at the door. (You can buy them here.) From 12:30 PM-10 PM we’re gonna be rocking Jackson’s socks off!! (more…)
We’re starting a new series here at Capture Kentucky that will hopefully help introduce you to new artists, but to also allow you to get to know them a little better. It’s a series we’re gonna call Six Pack. Sure it’s an interview with six questions, but that’s not why we chose the name. Nope! We chose the name because of the Kenny Rogers classic movie by the same name.
Today we bring to you a band that calls Campbellsville, Kentucky home. The band is called No Deceit and we feel that you’re gonna enjoy these folks. Led by the powerful vocals of Allison Stafford, No Deceit is a country band, but that’s too simple of a description. No Deceit are a smorgasbord of talent and styles that ultimately ends up having the side effects of a damn good time while listening. So if you’ve got a fever, the only prescription is more No Deceit!!
CK: Kentuckians have a very low tolerance for bull crap. The name of your band is No Deceit. Give us some insight about the process and journey that landed on ‘No Deceit.’
Allison: Very true! Kentuckians appreciate authenticity and that’s what we try to bring to the stage. We don’t try to fit in a specific genre, we are who we are, and we aren’t sorry about that. I think “No Deceit” has grown to represent us as a band. We’re raw, authentic, and real. But the band name was actually born from the start of the band. We created the band as a one-time project form a hometown talent show, our guitar player at the time, came up with the name that came from a bible verse. He came across the phrase, thought it would be a cool band name and we went with it. Not knowing at the time that one day, it would come to define us as a band. And yes, we won the talent show! Hahaha (more…)
Music is a way of life here at Capture Kentucky. We love, live it and do our best to share it. While doing that, we’re often reminded of great songs, albums and artists that may or may not have had the success that we felt they deserved. It’s a series we’re calling “Friday’s Forgotten Gems!”
This edition we revisit Kentucky legend Dwight Yoakam’s catalogue. Dwight has been on my mind the last few days since Campton, Kentucky’s Tyler Booth announced that he will be playing a few shows as an opener for Dwight.
Sometimes an article needs time to simmer. Seeing Ian Noe at his CD release, processing what we experienced and turning that into an article has taken me a few days. It was one of those nights that will be talked about for years to come.
I made a Facebook post on my personal page before the show that accurately described how the night felt. “Good morning to all the good people!! Today is the day we get to send off our next star out into the world! Come to The Burl and be a part of history with Ian Noe tonight!!” I often call The Burl our Mother Church. While the Burl was never an actual church like the Ryman in Nashville was, it does feature a lovely stained glass above the stage and it’s hosted what has felt like several religious experiences over the years. I mean, just look at the scene before the show.
Now I’m not slighting Daisy Helmuth or Devon Gilfillian, both were fantastic, but this article will mainly focus on Ian and his night. (more…)
One of the absolute greatest things that comes from a thing like Capture Kentucky is the relationships. We may not see each other for months, but we know who each other are and when we see each other, it’s like no time has passed and the conversation seems to pick up where it last left off.
One such relationship began with a gentleman that simply enjoyed what we do here. We got to hang out several times at last year’s Kickin It On The Creek and then several online conversations came after.
In those conversations, I was given the opportunity to read some lyrics and hear some song ideas that had been bounced around. I was COMPLETELY floored by what I was reading and hearing. Me being me, I wrote back way too much in response and likely scared the crap out of him with my gushings of praise and encouragement, but I knew on many levels that the world needed to to hear what I was hearing.
That young man, is L.G. Richardson. (more…)
We are very proud to be hosting the exclusive premiere of Sour Cream’s new single, “Come Again!”
Lexington’s Sour Cream are one of the younger bands gigging, but they have the genes and abilities that have given them a definite upper hand. That’s why we proudly chose them to play our first Cinder & Smoke Festival last year.
The band then went on to win Album Of The Year at the Lexington Music Awards. Not bad for a trio of teenagers, huh? (more…)
Recently we announced that we’ll be partnering up with Somersessions for some premieres. So I wanted to take a moment and put together a list of performances that I have revisited many times and this will allow me to show you why we’re so excited for this collaboration.
I really enjoyed putting this together, it was definitely a fun one! (more…)
I approached the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg back in 2017. They had no idea who I was and on a personal level, I had no idea who they were. Over time, I have worked closely with Joe Campbell. Joe is the Executive Director at the Mountain Arts Center, or the MAC, as it’s affectionately referred to. Joe and I bounced ideas off of each other, helping each other move forward. I asked if he’d like to partner up to create opportunities for Kentucky artists. He said yes and we began to discuss different ways to accomplish that goal.
I’ve been working on and thinking about this article for quite some time. I sat out to write an article that highlighted all the great musicians that are an alumnus of the Kentucky Opry, but the further I dug into that side of things, I decided that this article needed to be broader to convey what I was discovering. So, I want to take a step back and focus on what the Mountain Arts Center means to the folks in Eastern Kentucky. (more…)
The world is seeing a musical shift, a revolution, a renaissance, a renewal and a revival and Kentucky artists are leading the charge. Artists like Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson and Tyler Childers command music lovers attention. The latest sensation that is destined to follow their lead is Ian Noe.
While nothing is ever really a sure thing in music, it’s safe to put some bets on Ian Noe and his music. Ian’s music will never be heard on terrestrial radio, it’s too authentic. His music will never be on an Avenger’s soundtrack, it’s too real and his music may never top the mainstream Billboard charts, but dropping in at number 47 on the Emerging Artists Chart, poised to make a decent Top 200 debut next week, is not an easy task. With that momentum and time on his side, Ian could (and hopefully he does) prove me wrong. I’d likely never be any happier about being wrong.
Furthermore, what is evident is that Noe’s music has struck a chord with fans of real music. If the internet has done one thing right, it’s given the power to choose the music they want back to the fans, not what has been force fed through MTV or terrestrial radio.
Noe’s authenticity and relatability are precisely why his music will last well beyond the careers of the skinny jean wearing, pop stars disguised as “Country.”
A lot of what makes Ian Noe and his music unique, is the environment that he grew up in. As many Eastern Kentuckians do, Ian moved away to Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville. He tried starting a band, but was drawn back home with the promise of a decent job. Jobs are scarce in Beattyville and cities have a way of humbling a fella that isn’t used to the hustle and bustle of city life.
Beattyville is located in Lee County. I’m a lifelong Kentuckian and I spent some time in neighboring Breathitt County growing up. Yet, I’ve only been to Beattyville once. That was to visit my Grandmother’s sister. If you’ve ever been to Beattyville, I’d venture to say that your reasoning was similar. The area is somewhat of a forgotten corner of Appalachia and is often cited as one of the poorest counties in the United States. (more…)