It’s springtime in the Bluegrass, 60 degrees one day and snow the next. So as I’m traveling along Highway 80 to the Mountain Arts Center you’ll see evidence of spring and winter, snow in places and fruit trees blooming. That’s Kentucky weather for you. Tonight wasn’t about weather, it was about two homegrown Eastern Kentucky singers performing together at the MAC. What a performance it was!
Tyler Booth is a name that everyone in this area
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!
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…)
Music is an integral part of what we do here at Capture Kentucky. On a personal level, I’ve been involved in music for the last 18 years. I’ve managed a few bands. I’ve designed lots of posters. I’ve booked and promoted sold-out shows. I’ve been a publicist. I’ve been a journalist. I’ve been a concert photographer. Music has afforded me many great opportunities and I am truly forever grateful for that. That’s why this article is an incredible moment for me. I’ve decided to start a series of showcases that shine a light on the amazing talent that’s right here in our great Commonwealth. It’s time that I give back to music and pay forward all the blessings that music has given me.
There will be different genres, different venues and different cities where we will eventually be doing these, but my promise to you is that the talent will always be top-notch. Some will be shows that we simply add our seal of approval to. Others will offer significant opportunities and will help shape the artists and hopefully their careers. These showcases will also be exclusive to the performers from our state. Call it Kentucky Pride if ya will.
For our first show, we have put together an amazing lineup. That’s honestly not enough adjectives for this one, but I digress. We have three of the fastest rising stars that Kentucky has to offer in country music. Dillon Carmichael, Tyler Booth and Josh Martin. Now to make this even cooler, we’re hosting it at the world-famous Austin City Saloon in Lexington. Austin City has been a tried and true testing ground for several Country Superstars.
Some nights, you are just simply more fortunate than you feel you deserve. Wednesday night happened to be one of those nights for me. Please allow me to explain. This is the third time that I have written this article. Why? Because I didn’t feel what I had written had really captured what happened in Nashville that night. The other incarnations focused too much on the music and the people involved. Please don’t think I’m downplaying all the artists that were involved with this fundraiser that we were fortunate enough to attend that night. Because let me just say it was one of the most incredible nights of music that I have ever witnessed. In fact, if you missed it, go ahead and kick yourself in the ass. I’ll wait.
Seriously though, the music was otherworldly at times and we will get to that, but that wasn’t the story of the night. The story that I want to tell, is the story of music and it’s love that creates a community that becomes family.
*Photo credit: Mike Owens GoFundMe (more…)
Here at Capture Kentucky, I’ve said many times that it is always a great time when an artist returns to their hometown or state to play a show. On the flipside of that coin, is seeing a community rally around a young artist who they feel has what it takes to “make it”. What if both were to happen on the same night? Would my brain explode?
To answer those questions, let’s set the scene a bit. Wolfe County, which nestles the tiny town of Campton, is home to an established artist and songwriter in Jimmy Yeary. Jimmy has written or co-written many popular songs and even a few number ones. His biggest song to date is titled, “I Drive Your Truck”. The song was released by Lee Brice and went on to win the CMA award for Song Of The Year. Jimmy has been in Nashville for years, but he always wanted to come home and play a show. (more…)
If there is one thing that you can say about Central Kentucky with 100% certainty, it is that country music is King. So it should be no surprise, that Alan Jackson kicked off his latest tour at Rupp Arena. Tagging along on this tour, is former American Idol runner-up and fellow Georgian Lauren Alaina.
Rupp Arena was booming as early as 5pm and that’s awesome. Why? Because the local iHeart Media station, WBUL, partners up with a local Watering Hole, Austin City Saloon, to bring you a pre-show in the lobby of Rupp Arena. Together it is called the Austin City Saloon Sound Stage and on this night, one of our favorite local boys, Tyler Booth, occupied the stage.
Tyler Booth is a young man from the Campton area of Kentucky who is an aspiring Country artist. At only twenty years of age, Tyler has perked the ears of some really big names in Nashville, where he has been recently recording. He has partnered up with Nashville veteran Phil O’Donnell who has worked with the likes of George Strait, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan, as well as Kentuckians Billy Ray Cyrus, John Michael Montgomery and Montgomery Gentry. Just to name a few. (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.