The world is seeing a musical shift, a revolution, a renaissance, a renewal and a revival and Kentucky artists are leading the charge. Artists like Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson and Tyler Childers command music lovers attention. The latest sensation that is destined to follow their lead is Ian Noe.
While nothing is ever really a sure thing in music, it’s safe to put some bets on Ian Noe and his music. Ian’s music will never be heard on terrestrial radio, it’s too authentic. His music will never be on an Avenger’s soundtrack, it’s too real and his music may never top the mainstream Billboard charts, but dropping in at number 47 on the Emerging Artists Chart, poised to make a decent Top 200 debut next week, is not an easy task. With that momentum and time on his side, Ian could (and hopefully he does) prove me wrong. I’d likely never be any happier about being wrong.
Furthermore, what is evident is that Noe’s music has struck a chord with fans of real music. If the internet has done one thing right, it’s given the power to choose the music they want back to the fans, not what has been force fed through MTV or terrestrial radio.
Noe’s authenticity and relatability are precisely why his music will last well beyond the careers of the skinny jean wearing, pop stars disguised as “Country.”
A lot of what makes Ian Noe and his music unique, is the environment that he grew up in. As many Eastern Kentuckians do, Ian moved away to Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville. He tried starting a band, but was drawn back home with the promise of a decent job. Jobs are scarce in Beattyville and cities have a way of humbling a fella that isn’t used to the hustle and bustle of city life.
Beattyville is located in Lee County. I’m a lifelong Kentuckian and I spent some time in neighboring Breathitt County growing up. Yet, I’ve only been to Beattyville once. That was to visit my Grandmother’s sister. If you’ve ever been to Beattyville, I’d venture to say that your reasoning was similar. The area is somewhat of a forgotten corner of Appalachia and is often cited as one of the poorest counties in the United States. (more…)
I wanna say something that likely won’t mean anything to you, unless you know Josh Nolan. We’ll get to his new album momentarily, but I feel the need to share some insight that I feel is relevant.
Now what I am about to say, is not a negative thing. Perceptions can be tricky when trying to get the information to folks in a manner that makes sense to everyone. So follow me as I explain why this young man should be on your radar.
Our second premiere in one day? That’s right! This one is from Lexington’s C2 & The Brothers Reed. These young men have toured relentlessly and there are some amazing things on their horizon that we can’t wait to share with you. For now though, let me get you up to speed on who these guys are and why you need to know them.
Central Kentucky is currently a hotbed for talent and there is no shortage of greatness out there trying to make a name for themselves. The Americana and Country scene is thriving, while the rock scene is definitely rebounding with bands like Johnny Conqueroo, Trippin’ Roots, Sean Whiting, Mojothunder, Sour Cream and People Planet taking up the mantle. C2 & The Brothers Reed have been honing their craft for some time now and they’re poised to make an impact in a big way.
If you’re a reader of this site, you’ll know that we absolutely LOVE Mr. Sean Whiting. His vocals are rarely matched. So given the opportunity to premiere his new album, ‘High Expectations’, we jumped at the opportunity! With this album, I don’t have to say a single word, because this album speaks volumes. This one hits on May 3rd through Eastwood Records in Louisville So without further ado, enjoy this absolute gem from the hills of Eastern Kentucky!
There must be something in the water of Johnson County, Kentucky. Known as the birthplace of such country titans as Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle and Chris Stapleton, the sweeping hills of eastern Kentucky continue to bear witness to music inventors. Americana singer-songwriter Sean Whiting is also a product of these humble roots and shines a light on the many phases of life with his upcoming sophomore record High Expectations. (more…)
Here at Capture Kentucky, we do our best to be accommodating to as many folks as we can. Media folks are no exception. So I’m incredibly honored to announce that we’ve partnered up with Somersessions. Somersessions are at the top of my admiration list when it comes to Kentucky artists. I truly love their ear, their eye and their passion. If you’re unfamiliar with Somersessions, let me fill you in a bit. Somersessions is a media company that features artists that they believe in. Artists that deserve attention. They’re based in Somerset, Kentucky and their goal is the same as ours, provide a spotlight for local and regional artists. (more…)
One of the most difficult things here at Capture Kentucky is keeping up with all the wonderful talent that is blossoming around us. It is one absolutely tremendous to have though!! As I’ve said often that Kentucky is where it’s at and here’s yet another artist to solidify my point.
Let me introduce you to a fella that is throwing his hat in the ring as he chases his dreams. Meet Danville, Kentucky’s Brad Hardin. (more…)
Lexington’s Eric Bolander releases his album, ‘The Wind’ on March 29th. He will also be playing The Burl on the 29th to celebrate and we’ll be there to enjoy the occasion! If you’d like to join us, you can purchase your tickets here. You can also slide over to our Facebook for a chance to win an autographed copy of ‘The Wind’ and two guest list spots for the show at The Burl on Friday!
We’ll keep this article short and sweet so you can enjoy the album on your own. (more…)
Louisville singer/songwriter Dave Ernst’s debut album ‘Hickory Switch’ is the culmination of nearly 30 years in music and a tribute to his country and rock roots. The album is a blend of his own well-crafted, well-thought songs along with a nod to Todd Snider (Rocket Fuel), and an acoustic cover of the R.E.M. tune Driver 8, make ‘Hickory Switch’ the kind of album you can put on and let it play. Over and over again.
While the album is technically Dave Ernst’s debut, it has been a long time in the making. It’s the distillation of thousands of experiences into 30 minutes of rocking good music. This isn’t an album that a teenager could write. There is a lot of life in these songs. Just one track in and the listener knows well, that this songwriter has lived these songs. That is the secret sauce of this release. Believability and authenticity that are thrown around a lot these days, but ‘Hickory Switch’ practices what it preaches. (more…)
Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle may claim Cincinnati as their hometown, but their old souls fit in quite well with us folks in the Bluegrass. The band is steeped in traditional folk and gospel music, covered in the blues, all the while their hearts are rock ‘n’ roll. That unique mix is what makes Buffalo Wabs standout from everyone else.
Their last album had a fantastic version of a classic hymnal of sorts, often sang by African Americans during the unfortunate years of slavery. “Down By The Riverside” embodies everything that makes these folks special. The harmonies, the hat tip to the “chain gangs” and the sheer energy they (more…)