Music, News - posted on May 13, 2022 by

Kentucky’s Favorite Duo The Local Honeys Are Set To Release Self-Titled Album With La Honda Records On July 15th

Lexington, KY – May 13, 2022 – When a master songsmith like Tom T. Hall calls someone “a great credit to a wonderful Kentucky tradition,” it’s time to pull up a chair and pay attention. As it pertains to the nearly-decade-running duo The Local Honeys, he was right on the money. The duo—Linda Jean Stokley and Montana Hobbs—have long been an integral part of Kentucky’s musicscape, and on July 15th, they’ll be adding a new entry into the Bluegrass State’s rich musical canon. Their first release on La Honda Records (Colter Wall, Riddy Arman, Vincent Neil Emerson), The Local Honeys features ten winsome vignettes of rural Kentucky, conjuring 90’s alternatives sounds with hillbilly Radiohead lilts, soaring above layers of deep grooves and rich tones masterfully curated by longtime mentor Jesse Wells, a GRAMMY-nominated producer, musician (currently a member of Tyler Childers’ band The Food Stamps), and Assistant Director at the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State.

Today, The Local Honeys shared their first taste of the new album with “Dead Horses,” an emotional look at the tragedy of animal husbandry. With lines like “Suppose we’re all just animals with slightly different hides,” Stokely displays a cut and dried existence on the farm and the world at large while drums and banjo meld together propelling the tune from verse to verse. The accompanying music video finds Stokley and Hobbs surrounded by nostalgic photos of their equine counterparts, contributed by the band’s fanbase, adding weight to the meaning of the song itself. 

 

You can pre-order or pre-save The Local Honeys ahead of its July 15th release at this link. 

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Music, News, Premieres - posted on February 14, 2022 by

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Rhyan Sinclair Debuts Her Latest Single And Video, ‘Where I’ll Be Found’

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all doing well. We’ve got a special treat for you today. We have an exclusive song AND video premiere from one of our favorite Kentucky artists. The one, the only, Rhyan Sinclair!

Rhyan is a young lady with more talent in her pinky than I’ll ever possess, so I’m going to let her music do most of the talking on this one. I will add this though, Rhyan Sinclair is wise beyond her years and her songwriting ability continues to blossom with every single song. So today we’re honored to premiere her brand new song and video for ‘Where I’ll Be Found.'”Where I’ll Be Found” is included on her brand new album, ‘Letters To Aliens.’ That will drop on March 4th for everyone, but you can pre-order, or pre-save it now at this link. (more…)

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Attractions, Museums, On The Road Series, Photos - posted on December 15, 2021 by

These Halls Are All Decked Out! Castle Noel Celebrates Christmas, Hollywood Style!

Christmas is a holiday that means different things to different people. It’s the time of year, no matter what a person’s belief system may be, they try and treat people how we should treat people everyday. In the cold and often bitter winter season, the human spirit brightens up our world and reminds us all of our humanity and allows us to show our appreciation to those we love.

Christmas in Hollywood captures that spirit and then serves it back to us in the form of heartwarming stories of love, family and often times nostalgia. That’s where Medina, Ohio enters this article.

Wait, what? That’s right, Medina, Ohio. See, the outlying suburb of Cleveland and/or Akron is the home of Castle Noel. A magical place full of movie memorabilia that will warm any heart and provide smiles for all those who enter. You’ll find something from just about any of your favorite holiday classics. From “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” to “A Christmas Story” to “Elf” to “A Christmas Carol” to “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and everywhere in-between, you’re not going home with a frown and that’s a promise. (more…)

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Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Music, Photos - posted on October 9, 2021 by

The Nightmare Returned! Alice Cooper and Ace Frehley Rocked The Appalachian Wireless Arena In Pikeville.

“The Godfather of Shock Rock” returned to the Appalachian Wireless Arena, in downtown Pikeville, Kentucky, on Tuesday, October 5th, 2021. This was his 2nd concert in Pikeville over the course of 15 years, with the last time performance being on October 7th, 2006. The Eastern Kentucky crowd was more than ready to rock the night away with two of the most iconic rockers in music history, Alice Cooper and Ace Frehley really need no introduction.
Starting the night was a long-time friend in Ace Frehley. Ace is the original guitarist and solo artist from the original rock group, KISS, who opened the show to an explosive crowd of nearly 3500. Ace Frehley played an hour-long set of songs ranging from his days with KISS through his last album ‘Anomaly Vol 2.’ That one was the second album of songs that had inspired him in his teenage years. Highlights included “Strutter,” “Parasite,” “New York Groove,” “Cold Gin,” and “Deuce.” Ace even threw in the Led Zeppelin classic, “Good Times Bad Times” for good measure. His energetic performance was just what the Doctor ordered and the perfect complementary set to the one and only Alice Cooper.

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Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Music, Photos - posted on September 28, 2021 by

Larkin Poe Harmonized Their Hearts Out At The Mountain Arts Center In Prestonsburg With The Cold Stares As Support

There’s an infinite number of variables that make for a good time, but on Sunday night, we found the ultimate prescription.

We took two sisters and all their beautiful harmonies, tossed in a heavy dose of the Blues, sprinkled in songs from their entire career and mixed them all together in the best cauldron Kentucky has to offer in the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg.

Rebecca and Megan Lovell are a blues-oriented, Grammy-nominated duo known as Larkin Poe. Natives of Georgia, now based in Nashville, these young ladies made their way to Prestonsburg armed with an abundance of musical ammunition in reserve. Eager to travel and share their music with the masses, these ladies did something you’ll rarely see. In 2020, they released two albums. ‘Self Made Man’ and ‘Kindred Spirits.’

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Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Music, Photos - posted on September 14, 2021 by

Under Pressure. ZZ Top Brought The Blues Through Cincinnati Like A Texas Tornado

Before we get into this article, I want to take a moment to express my sincere condolences to the family, friends and ZZ Top team over the loss of bassist Dusty Hill. His loss and influence is immeasurable.

**A special thanks to Mike Howard for use of his photo for this article. The photo was also taken at Riverbend for my old website Unsung Melody.

On Sunday evening, I began the process of writing an article that has taken me a lifetime to craft. I was given the opportunity to review and photograph ZZ Top in Cincinnati at the PNC Pavillion, which is a part of the Riverbend Entertainment Complex.

This article will be a bit different, as most of my articles have a tendency to do. See, my earliest musical memories are of ZZ Top. They have been a huge chunk of the soundtrack of my life, and I know I’m not alone in that regard. So let’s get this party started.

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Music, News - posted on August 24, 2021 by

Campton’s Tyler Booth Releases EP Titled ‘Grab The Reins’ Through Sony Music Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sony Music Nashville/Villa 40 recording artist Tyler Booth released his new EP, Grab The Reins, on Friday. Listen here.

Grab the Reins is me having the confidence to say, ‘this is who I am,’” said Booth. “These songs reflect where I’m from, how I was raised, and are at the core my interpretation of Country Music as a songwriter and an artist.”

The project includes “Already Got One,” released early this year along with the “enchanting” (American Songwriter) “Palomino Princess,” which Billboard commented “perfectly suit his deep, ranging voice.”

Grab The Reins EP Track Listing:
1. Drink It Up (Ashley Gorley/Wade Kirby/Phil O’Donnell)
2. Ghost Town (Tyler Booth/Wade Kirby/Shane Minor/Phil O’Donnell)
3. Stone Cold High and Dry (Tyler Booth/Jason McCoy/Shane Minor/Phil O’Donnell)
4. Gone Done Did (Tyler Booth/Brandon Hood/Phil O’Donnell)
5. Already Got One (Tyler Booth/Shane Minor/Phil O’Donnell/Justin Wilson)
6. Palomino Princess (Tyler Booth)

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Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Events, Music, Photos - posted on August 21, 2021 by

Downtown Hazard Danced The Night Away As They Hosted The North Fork Music Festival

Well, I finished off June at Festival Of The Red just up the road in Slade, so it only seems fitting to close out July with another Kentucky music festival right here in downtown Hazard! Let me ask you, how many music festivals have you been to where someone (Tim Parks) was made an honorary Duke Of Hazard? Zero? Yeah, me too. But that’s just one of the many very cool things that happened at this year’s North Fork Music Festival. You really missed out if you didn’t make either day of this one!

Friday evening started with Ben Fugate and I need to apologize to Ben. I missed his set, didn’t make it to the festival area in time to catch him… heard him as I was parking. I did catch Luke Trimble, Waylon Nelson, Dark Moon Hollow and Rye Davis (with a couple of members of Bourbon Branch) closed out the North Fork Festivals Friday night. (more…)

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Best Of Lists, Events, Music - posted on August 21, 2021 by

Our Sunday Guide To The Must-See Artists At The 2021 Railbird Festival In Lexington!

Back in 2019, the grounds at Keeneland were invaded by music lovers from all over the United States. Their pilgrimage led them to the heart of the Bluegrass where Lexington finally hosted the music festival it deserves. You can read our recap and view our photos here.  There were many highlights that year, and the momentum heading into 2020 was obvious and mighty. Unfortunately, a pandemic interrupted all of our lives, but I’m happy to say that the Railbird Festival at Keeneland is back! After a year off due to the pandemic, live music is finally returning to the beautiful grounds at Keeneland and we’ve put together a list of the artists that you just have to see.

Now onto Sunday! I hate to break the news, but you’ll be forced to make some hard decisions once again on Sunday, but not as many as Saturday. For what it’s worth, having an amazing lineup is always a plus, but missing favorites will always hurt. We’ll try to help you make some sense of it all, and guide you through the final day at Railbird.

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Best Of Lists, Events, Music, News - posted on August 16, 2021 by

Our Saturday Guide To The Must-See Artists At The 2021 Railbird Festival In Lexington!

Back in 2019, the grounds at Keeneland were invaded by music lovers from all over the United States. Their pilgrimage led them to the heart of the Bluegrass where Lexington finally hosted the music festival it deserves. You can read our recap and view our photos here.  There were many highlights that year, and the momentum heading into 2020 was obvious and mighty. Unfortunately, a pandemic interrupted all of our lives, but I’m happy to say that the Railbird Festival at Keeneland is back! After a year off due to the pandemic, live music is finally returning to the beautiful grounds at Keeneland and we’ve put together a list of the artists that you just have to see.

Some tough decisions will definitely have to be made over the two-day festival. There’s just simply too much real estate to cover to see every act on all three stages, but hopefully we can help you sift and sort through the list and help you maximize your dollar.

Railbird is booked and managed by the same production company that is behind The Bonnaroo Festival and the Forecastle Festival in Louisville. AC Entertainment doesn’t have their finger on the pulse of music, they are the pulse. You can trust that any festival or venue that AC Entertainment runs, is worth your efforts to attend. (more…)

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