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

Sydney Adams Finally Achieves The Stage She Deserves In Her Hometown Of Corbin!!

Corbin, Kentucky is the hometown of Sydney Adams. If you aren’t familiar with Sydney, allow me to introduce her to ya. I first became aware of Sydney back in 2019. A friend casually dropped her name and said she’d be releasing an EP soon after. I did a little digging and I immediately found a show to attend. In a tiny little bar in Pineville, my gut confirmed what my ears were screaming about. Sydney Adams is indeed, the real deal. I would even go so far as to say that this young lady has the goods to put Corbin on the map for something other than their famous fried chicken.


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Album Reviews, Music - posted on July 29, 2021 by

Album Review: Grayson Jenkins Is ‘Turning Tides’ With A Brand New Album And Tour In 2021

With several Kentuckians currently occupying spots on most any music chart you look at, one would have to agree that Kentucky holds an embarrassment of riches within her musical arms. The love and support of her music family finds a new way to impress me on a daily basis.

So I want to re-introduce you to a young man that is about to make his own push and hopefully climbs his way up a few of those charts himself. Grayson Jenkins may or may not be a new name to you, either way you’re gonna find something you’ll like on ‘Turning Tides.’ That’s the brand new album from Mr. Jenkins, which drops everywhere on August 27th. (more…)

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Album Reviews, Music - posted on July 18, 2021 by

Carter City’s Shelby Lore Delivers The Goods And Takes Us Deep Into The ‘Great Unkown’

The Kentucky music community is flourishing once again and, we are just beginning to see the fruits of the labors put in during the pandemic. Folks like Sean Whiting and Cole Chaney are riding high on the waves of their releases. While we’re patiently awaiting new albums from folks like The Local Honeys and Grayson Jenkins. That’s a fairly diverse list, but I’m going toss someone else into the ring for y’all.

Shelby Lore is a young fella from Carter City. His style is difficult to pinpoint, but that’s by design. And while a lot of folks would suggest an artist “pick a lane” and stay in it, I’d argue the opposite. I really enjoy when an artist spreads their wings a bit. I think it’s a deeper look into who they are as an artist and something that I wish more folks embraced. 

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Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Music, Photos - posted on July 11, 2021 by

Kentucky’s Ian Noe, Caleb Caudle, And Laurel Lewis Had The Bell Ringing Through The Mountains In Pineville

Just like your favorite fishing spots, music venues often draw you back in on past successes. Once you figure out where the good stuff is at, you visit as often as you can. While this was my first visit to The Bell Theater in Pineville, it was not my first show promoted by Jon Grace. Jon is the tourism director for Bell County, which is where Pineville resides. He produces many shows throughout the year, with highlights being the Laurel Cove Music Festival and the Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival in Middlesboro. To put it quite simply and bluntly, he knows his $hit. In fact, I’d go ahead and make plans for the Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival if I were you. I’m planning on being there if at all possible. You can’t beat the price of $0 and just check out that lineup!

This Ian Noe show was originally scheduled for the Laurel Cove, but the heavy chance of thunderstorms (Which waterlogged Pineville about halfway through the show) forced the show inside the Bell Theater. While I love the Cove, the Bell is one heckuva substitute. Why? The worst seat at the Bell is still closer to the artists than the best seat at the Cove. BUT, the Cove will always win over more hearts with its’ choir of crickets and bullfrogs. That’s an insurmountable obstacle for any venue,  in my humble opinion.

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