Interviews, Music - posted on February 4, 2019 by

Chico: A Documentary Short Film. Playing Good Country Music And Treating Everybody Right.

We have all heard tales of these larger than life characters. Most were from old neighborhoods or they were born out of a crime and even sometimes, they were within our own families. Here in Kentucky, you have stories that range from Daniel Boone to Bad Tom Smith to Floyd Collins. While most legends usually wind up being more fiction than fact, filmmakers Zach Curry and Joe Whalen sought to document a current legend living within our midst and they give you an insiders look at the evolution (more…)

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Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Events, Music, Photos - posted on January 27, 2019 by

The Power Of The Female Voice Was On Full Display At The Sweet Thing Jamboree In Irvine

If you follow a vehicle with Delaware tags into Estill County, you know you’re in for a great time. Why? Because the tiny Appalachian town of Irvine is the heart and soul of our currently burgeoning musical community.

Sure larger cities host larger crowds and more famous bands, but Irvine is special and the folks from Delaware punctuate my point perfectly. Those folks drove to Irvine for one thing and one thing only, the music. I’ve said it a hundred times by now, but Kentucky is leading the charge in producing raw, genuine down-home, humble artists that forge bonds like the Grateful Dead did in San Francisco before taking on the world.

When you look for the spark that changed music as we know it in a few years, find a map and find Irvine. It’s tiny. It’s inspiring and it’s the incubator of future greatness.

Here at Capture Kentucky, I’ve set a few rules that are unconventional, but I truly hope to see others follow. One of the biggest ideas, is that every single show we put together will always feature at least one female artist. Like it or not, female artists do not get nearly the same amount of opportunities as the fellas do. I hope to help change that.

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Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Events, Music, Photos - posted on January 2, 2019 by

Tyler Childers Comes Home To Kentucky To Ring In The New Year With Three Sold-Out Performances At The Louisville Palace

If you’re a reader of this site, you’ve likely read one of the many articles that I have written about Kentucky’s newest favorite son, Tyler Childers. If this is your first time here, feel free to take a look around, but more importantly, thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy what we do here.

When an artist returns to their home state, it is always a love fest and attending those shows are my favorite activity in life. I’ve seen wonderfully talented folks return home for a show. Folks like Dwight Yoakam, Sundy Best, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, The Kentucky Headhunters, Black Stone Cherry and of course, Mr. Tyler Childers.

Tyler’s meteoric rise has been an incredible journey to watch and one that we’ve been honored to help document. Late last year, we saw Tyler (more…)

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Concert Reviews, Music, Photos - posted on December 18, 2018 by

Jason Isbell Delights The MAC In Prestonsburg

*Photo provided by an anonymous Facebook rule-breaking renegade

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

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Concert Photos, Events, Music, Photos - posted on December 15, 2018 by

Oh What A Year In Pictures! Capture Kentucky 2018 Edition

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…)

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Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Events, Music, On The Road Series - posted on October 8, 2018 by

Tyler Childers, Kelsey Waldon, Justin Wells, The Wild Rumpus and Half Bad Bluegrass Do Their Part In Healing Appalachia.

Before we get into this article, I want to take a moment to ask for your help. Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia are facing a terrible opioid epidemic. Organizations like Healing Appalachia assist folks with recovery, as well as setting up programs to help prevent addiction.

As an Eastern Kentuckian, much like Mr. Tyler Childers, I want to help where I can. I was asked to donate some prints which were sold at the event. Here is where you come in. If you weren’t at this show, please consider donating online. Together, we can make a change.

If able, please donate here. Thank you.

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Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Music - posted on September 17, 2018 by

Kickin’ It On The Creek 2018 – Saturday Edition

The crickets, frogs and birds provided the soundtrack for a peaceful nights rest and it was once again time to do some kickin’ on the creek.The music started early on my day two and the fact that Mr. Childers would be playing later on Saturday night, I fully expected the crowd to be much thicker.

The Wine Tree Band began the day for folks, but I have to admit they didn’t start mine. So my apologies to those folks. The sirens song that the frogs and crickets sang kept me in bed until about 9:15. As I awoke and scanned the schedule for the day, I suddenly realized that Saturday was going to be a who’s who for Kentucky and regional music. (more…)

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Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Music, Photos - posted on September 16, 2018 by

Kickin’ It On The Creek 2018 – Friday Edition

Kickin’ On The Creek is one of the most difficult festivals that I have ever been asked to describe. Why you ask? Thank goodness! I wasn’t sure how to move forward. So I’ll start here, family.

The Roberts family has turned their beautiful homestead into a music venue. Wait, what? No seriously. Hear me out. Deep in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, part of the Daniel Boone Forest, technically in Lee County, Byron Roberts and his family have seriously turned their home into a music venue. What seems impossible is actually flat-out magical.

Give me another example of such selflessness. I’ll wait…..You have nothing? That’s what I thought.

The idea for Kickin’ It On The Creek was born from a birthday party. No, again, seriously. When Kenton Roberts turned 21, Byron and Kelli threw him a birthday party and invited several local musicians to participate. Just so happens, one of those locals eventually became a household name for us Kentuckians and the rest, as they say, is history. The local? Tyler Childers. Every year since, with this being the fourth year, folks have traveled as from as far away as Oregon to experience such a unique event.

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Music - posted on September 9, 2018 by

Top 20 Must-See Kentucky Artists At Kickin’ It On The Creek 2018

Kickin’ It On The Creek (KIOTC) has quickly grown into the absolute MUST have ticket for Kentucky Festivals. The four-day event held deep in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains has drawn in like-minded folks who have banded together to create a beautiful, helpful, loving community. There’s even a common phrase used by those in the musical community and it’s eloquent in its simplicity, “Know Your Tribe.” I can say first hand that once you are accepted within the “tribe”, your faith in humanity will get a huge jolt in the restoration department.

Now I’ve heard a million stories about how magical KIOTC is. How it is all about community and how that is right up our alley here at Capture Kentucky. So when you get a phone call from KIOTC owner Byron Roberts asking you to be a part of something as special as his event, you simply, “Yes, Sir.” Mr. Roberts also gave me a compliment that I can not thank him enough for. He sees how we’re benefiting artists and creating a genuine spotlight for all the talented folks that we can. He told me that he likes, “The eyes that I see this community with.” That told me that our missions, intentions and hearts were in the exact same spots.

A lot of us here in Kentucky feel that there is a musical revolution that’s beginning to take shape here and I personally think a lot of the recent success stories point right back to the vision that Mr. Roberts created. Folks like Tyler Childers, The Wooks, Arlo McKinley, Justin Wells and countless others have made tremendous gains in popularity just from being a part of KIOTC.

Having said all of that, I felt that I needed to create a list for those folks that may be overwhelmed with so many performances. I will focus only on Kentucky artists for this list. That’s definitely not a slight towards any traveling artists, it just makes more sense in helping us build a community.

We won’t be able to make it on Thursday unfortunately, but if you see us during the weekend, say hey. We ordered 3000 stickers and they are supposed to be here by Friday. So snag ya one if ya like! Also, don’t forget to bring cash for your artist merch, food and drink purchases as there is no cell or wifi service available.

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Album Reviews, Music - posted on September 5, 2018 by

REVIEW: Kentucky’s Wayne Graham Unleashes Joy! On September 18th

I know what you’re thinking. Which one is Wayne Graham? And the answer is none of them. The bands moniker was created by combining the two Grandfathers that brothers Hayden and Kenny Miles share. As a fellow Eastern Kentuckian, I certainly understand and appreciate the nod to family.

While Joy! is Wayne Graham’s fourth release, in my humble opinion, it is by far their most ambitious. Joy! is also their first album to receive a European release, which will be on K&F Records in Germany.

As with any review, I try to highlight only a few songs that I feel you will appreciate. Then I leave the rest for you to discover on your own. So here goes. (more…)

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