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Jason Isbell brought his acoustic show to the Mountain Arts Center (MAC) for a nearly sold-out performance. Just over 1,000 tickets were gobbled up almost immediately and deservedly so. There were a few seats that opened up last minute, otherwise it would have certainly been a sell out.
I do want to say one thing about the MAC. I know I sound like a broken record, but the MAC is an absolute Kentucky treasure. I have now seen Chris Stapleton, Tyler Childers and Jason Isbell in that room. If you’re overlooking the MAC, you need to remedy that because those folks and the venue itself are top-notch.
Mr. Isbell is often recognized as one the greatest songwriters around and in what has became a winter tradition, Jason Isbell ends the year with
I debated on putting this photo recap together, but oh what a year it was! We had a ton of fun and there were waaaaaay more photos that I wanted to include, but I tried to just do some highlights and favorites for everyone. My goodness, Kentucky is absolutely loaded with talent and we had an almost overwhelming amount of support in 2018. We truly can’t thank you enough and we promise to work even harder in 2019 to not only cover your favorite artists, but to create events and to shine a little light on the wonderful talent in Kentucky.
Thanks for everything and we’ll see you at the show!! (more…)
Last year, we made the trek to Prestonsburg after being invited to the Mountain Arts Center, or MAC as it is often referred to, to photograph their Christmas show. The MAC was the vision of Bille Jean Osborne. She was a lifelong educator that made it her goal in life to create a venue and a musical program to help foster the talent in and around Eastern Kentucky.
Her vision not only garnered the wonderful venue that is the MAC, but it began when she created the Kentucky Opry, which is now named in her honor. Billie Jean Osborne was a wonderful lady, and as an educator, she made sure she included the kids in most everything she did. That’s also why the Kentucky Jr. Pros exists.
Both of those organizations are given many opportunities to shine throughout the year, but the Christmas shows are definitely a highlight, as the Jr. Pros open the (more…)
Prestonsburg, Ky – Armed with nothing but their sharp wit, “Whose Line is it Anyway?” stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood take to the stage with their uproarious live improv show, The Scared Scriptless Tour. The performance will take place at The Mountain Arts Center on Friday, May 17 at 7:30pm. Tickets go on sale December 4 at 10am at www.macarts.com, by phone at 888-MAC-ARTS or at the Box Office. Ticket prices start at $27, plus taxes and fees.
Known by TV audiences for their work on The CW Network’s Whose Line is it Anyway?, Colin and Brad improvise new material every night from audience suggestions and participation. “Interactive” in every sense of the word, Colin and Brad will take the audience on a comedic high-wire act… just like a live version of Whose Line! Get ready for a night of non-stop laughter for all ages!
Millions of fans are enjoying Colin Mochrie and guest star Brad Sherwood in the triumphant return of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ on The CW. The highly-rated series is more popular than ever and is now in its 14th season which premiered in June 2018. (more…)
Five local Lexington songwriters will play a concert as part of the global music platform, TheAcousticGuitarProject.com. The show is Wednesday, November 28th at 7:00pm at the Austin City Saloon located at 2350 Woodhill Drive. Cost is $8.00 at the door. Proceeds after expenses to benefit CENTRAL MUSIC ACADEMY.
Each artist was challenged by The Acoustic Guitar Project to write an original song, and record it live, in just one week. All musicians used the same guitar— A Washburn HF11SCE-O and the same simple handheld recorder. None of the musicians were allowed to edit their song on the computer.
At the upcoming concert, all the featured songwriters will talk a little about their experience with the project and their song and then play it live. Several of Central Ky.’s finest local musicians will be performing. You can preview their songs at the link below:
WK 1 CHRIS CARPENTER – WISH I DIDN’T KNOW BETTER
WK 2 WESLEY SAYLOR – DESTINY
WK 3 JEN TACKETT – FOOL YOURSELF
WK 4 MATHEW DOUGLAS SIMPSON – YOUNG, WILD, MAD & FREE
WK 5 TRISH TORLINE – ON MY WAY
Here is a brief summary of the project:
One Guitar. One Week. One Song.
- We choose a city and a local musician and provide them with an acoustic guitar and a simple recorder.
- That musician has one week to write an original song and record it live. No editing is allowed. They have to record their song as many times as needed to get the take they like.
- When the musician is finished, they sign the guitar and pass it on to the next musician in that city. When that city’s guitar reaches five musicians, there is a concert and each musician plays the song they wrote for the project.
Over 60 cities around the world have participated in the project and nearly 800 original songs have been written.
This article won’t be in-depth. There’s a really simple reason for that and once you see the photos, you’ll get it. After all, they say that a picture is worth a thousand words right?
The Burl had to be at or near capacity. It was PACKED and I could not have been more proud. I struggled to get photos. I struggled to see. I struggled all night and I couldn’t have been happier. Seeing your friends have success is one of the best feelings on this earth.
The two bands on the bill were Magnolia Boulevard and Joslyn & The Sweet Compression. Joslyn played Magnolia Boulevard’s release party earlier this year, so it was only right that they return the favor. Our music
community family showed up early and were there to celebrate the night away. No fights. No one passed out. No one unhappy. The room was all love. From folks like Justin Wells and Duane Lundy to Roger Combs and Matt Wickstrom, everyone’s heart was filled with love.
It’s no secret that Kentucky has become a hotbed for talent over the last couple of years and I want to introduce you to one of the young guns. Meet Sour Cream. If you’ve followed the site, you may remember these guys from our Cinder & Smoke Fest earlier this year. If not, let me fill ya in a bit.
Back in the late 1990’s the music scene in Lexington was booming with venues like The Wrocklage hosting tons of bands that have went on to become household names. The scene at that time had a few local bands that had a real shot at becoming a household name themselves. Rock bands like Black Cat Bone, 10 Foot Pole, The Blueberries and Gold Tooth Display were the Kings of the scene and that rich history is now giving us some very talented young rockers of our own to cherish. Sour Cream, People Planet and Johnny Conqueroo all have ties the bands above and you can see two of them tonight (11/17) at Al’s Bar in Lexington, as Sour Cream celebrates the release of their debut self-titled album. (more…)
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