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!
In the wake of a tragedy like the one The Jones family faced a mere nine months ago, most would have shut down, tried not to think about it or drowned in an endless sea of questions, what ifs and the like.
The Jones took a different approach to their son’s death, they decided they had to take their experience and educate others about the terrible disease that depression is and all its repercussions. Pete had struggled with depression since he was a teenager. He was a gifted student and loved by many, his death was a shock. He had struggled with a sadness he didn’t understand.
What is Cirque De Virgo? Well, they’re description pretty much sums it up quite succinctly. “A 3-day event filled with artists and performers of every walk – from sideshow to flow art, from magician to musician! A festival inspired by circus life!” Cirque De Virgo is a circus-inspired event with a large variety of music and focuses on performance arts of sideshow, burlesque, magicians, dancers, aerialists, clowns and of course all the flow arts and fire acts! It’s an outdoor event with a large covered stage and pavilion as well as showers, hiking, and camping in the gorgeous knobs of Berea KY!
Berea, KY was transformed into something magical for three days and our very own Estill Robinson was there to capture the Friday night magic of this 18+ event. (more…)
Now before you go calling me crazy, hear me out. As I type this article, there are already several artists or bands that are currently making an impact in the music industry. For instance, Eastern Kentuckians Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson have country back on track to being a listenable art form again. Louisville’s Bryson Tiller created an entire music genre. Bowling Green’s Cage The Elephant are chart-toppers in the Alternative world and let’s not forget that they also won a Grammy. Edmonton, KY’s Black Stone Cherry continue to carry the classic rock and roll torch. You can also add Louisville’s My Morning Jacket as a festival staple and headliner. Kentucky is a fertile music bed that is about to produce even more artists. So here’s a list of artists on the brink, that we feel you outta get to know sooner, rather than later.
After one of the best days of live music that I’ve personally experienced, I came into day two of The Moonshiner’s Ball with lower expectations. Why? Because the bar was set so high, there was no way day two could top day one. Right? Wrong. Wrong on every level. (more…)
Singer-songwriter / cellist Ben Sollee and outlaw country troubadour Justin Wells lead a strong wave of artist announcements completing the lineup for the 4th Annual Moonshiner’s Ball. Additional musical performers include Quiet Hollers, May Erlewine, Driftwood Gypsy, HuDost, Matt Fassas Trip, Solid Rock’It Boosters, The Baja Yetis, Restless Leg String Band, DeBraun Thomas Trio, Trucker Hat Coalition and Kevin Dalton & the Tuesday Blooms. Also announced are spoken word artists, Eric Scott Sutherland and Bianca Spriggs and Yogis Delia Rose Gibbs, Sam Young and Jamie Brown
These artists will join an already stellar lineup of fast-rising nationally-touring performers including (more…)