Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Events, Music, Photos - posted on December 3, 2017 by

Does Your Holiday Spirit Need A Jump Start? We Have The Perfect Christmas Show For You!

The holidays have a different effect on many. For some, it’s a joyous season. For others, it can be really emotional. No matter your view of the season, it’s always a time to reflect on those you love.

If you’re feeling a bit like the Grinch, the small Eastern Kentucky town of Prestonsburg hosts the perfect remedy to kicking your Holiday Spirit into high gear. Bille Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry Christmas show has something for everyone. You can have your photo taken with the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who. Or maybe you’d like to set on Santa’s knee at the top of the stairs, riding the slide back to the bottom, ala the classic movie “A Christmas Story”. We don’t suggest asking for a Red Ryder BB Gun though, we all know how that will end, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid”! (more…)

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Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Music - posted on November 28, 2017 by

Tyler Childers Returns Home To The MAC In Prestonsburg

I’ve got an admission to make. Tyler Childers has blossomed into a genuine star and he has done so, right under my nose. I ran UnsungMelody.Com for years, but stepped away to ready my son for college. In that nearly two year span, Tyler and his band, The Food Stamps, have toured relentlessly and built a huge underground following.

Now, I wasn’t totally oblivious to him, we did manage to snap a photo of him at the one and only “Buckle Up Fest” held in Cincinnati. (You can see that coverage here.) BUT, until I began Capture Kentucky back in April of this year, he had slipped off my radar.

As I began researching for my coverage of the 2017 edition of The Moonshiner’s Ball, I rediscovered Tyler with a little nudging from another photographer, Jennifer Buckler. She assured me that Tyler was a do-not-miss performance and I’m forever grateful to her for that. (more…)

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Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Music - posted on November 21, 2017 by

Hidden In Plain Sight. A Perfect Circle At Northern Kentucky University.

I made the trip North on Sunday night to meet up with one of my favorite photographers. Mike Howard joined me at the BB&T Arena in Highland Heights, KY. Which is located on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. We convened there to witness a legendary band with one of the most influential voices in the rock and metal world. I’m talking of course about A Perfect Circle and Maynard James Keenan. Maynard is also the voice of Tool and Puscifer.

Maynard’s involvement in Tool is actually how A Perfect Circle became what it is today. Founder Billy Howerdel was on tour as a guitar tech where they quickly became friends. Eventually, Billy played Maynard some of his songs. Maynard offered his vocal services if Billy wanted. After some time and thoughts, Billy finally took Maynard up on his offer and A Perfect Circle was born. The rest of the band has always been comprised of seasoned musicians that have rotated over time. On this particular tour, bassist Matt McJunkins, Guitarist/Keyboardist James Iha, and drummer Josh Friedl rounded out the lineup.

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Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Music - posted on October 13, 2017 by

Let Your Soul Shine. Gov’t Mule At The Mountain Arts Center Prestonsburg, Kentucky

What’s a good way to spend a Monday evening in Eastern Kentucky? Glad you asked! You hop in your vehicle (a pickup truck in my case) and make the beautiful drive along Highway 80 to the MAC in Prestonsburg for a night with Gov’t Mule.

It’s about an hour drive for me, but this time of year it’s an even more beautiful drive than normal, as the leaves are beginning to show what’s in store in the coming days. No opening act tonight, just straight into Gov’t Mule and you certainly didn’t hear one single complaint.

Gov’t Mule is made up of Warren Haynes, Matt Abts, Danny Louis and Jorgen Carlsson. I’m guessing that if you are reading this review you know who Gov’t Mule is, but for those that might not here’s a bit of history. Warren Haynes was in The Allman Brothers Band when he formed Gov’t Mule as a side project in 1994. In June of this year, they released their 10th studio album “Revolution Come…Revolution Go” and started touring in support of it soon after.

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Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Music - posted on October 4, 2017 by

Louder Than Life Returns To Louisville For It’s 4th Year Of Controlled Chaos

With the college basketball scandal that broke last week, Louisville needed a reason to smile and let go. Thankfully, for the 2nd week in a row, a Danny Wimmer Festival took over Champions Park.

If only for a couple days, Louder Than Life allowed those who are proud of their city and University to focus on simply having a great time in absolutely beautiful weather. Despite his best efforts, not even Rick Pitino could dampen the spirit of Louisville.

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Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Music - posted on September 26, 2017 by

Louisville Goes Beyond Bourbon As The City Hosts Inaugural Bourbon And Beyond Festival

*Photo courtesy of Danny Wimmer Presents*

Kentucky is synonymous with two things. Bourbon and horses. That’s why the Bourbon and Beyond Festival makes so much sense to be held in Louisville. The city is a stop on the Bourbon Trail and it hosts the biggest and best horse race in the world, the Kentucky Derby.

Derby City has drawn a lot of interest of late for their thriving music scene. So it wasn’t really a surprise when Danny Wimmer created a second festival here. Mr. Wimmer is also the man behind Louder Than Life. What was a surprise, for me at least, was how well both festivals have sold being just one week apart.

Be sure and check out our coverage of the 2017 edition of Louder Than Life here.

With Bourbon and Beyond, Mr. Wimmer has created an experience like no other. Sure the music is a large part of it, but it’s everything else that brings value to your ticket. Now that may seem illogical to say, given how expensive the tickets actually cost, but hear me out.

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Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Events, Music - posted on September 19, 2017 by

2017 Pete Fest in Louisville, KY. Destigmatizing Mental Illness Through Music And Activism

In the wake of a tragedy like the one The Jones family faced a mere nine months ago, most would have shut down, tried not to think about it or drowned in an endless sea of questions, what ifs and the like.

The Jones took a different approach to their son’s death, they decided they had to take their experience and educate others about the terrible disease that depression is and all its repercussions. Pete had struggled with depression since he was a teenager. He was a gifted student and loved by many, his death was a shock. He had struggled with a sadness he didn’t understand.

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Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Music - posted on September 15, 2017 by

Chris Stapleton Brings Anderson East and Lucie Silvas To Riverbend In Cincinnati, OH

Eastern Kentucky native and current country superstar Chris Stapleton brought his tour to Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati recently. The show was scheduled for earlier this year, but had to be rescheduled due to an injury that Mr. Stapleton had that required surgery.

The original bill included rising star Brent Cobb, Anderson East and of course, Chris Stapleton. Scheduling conflicts forced Brent Cobb off the rescheduled date, which allowed Lucie Silvas to open the show. (more…)

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Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Music - posted on August 25, 2017 by

Sundy Best Helps Out The Animal Alliance of East Kentucky At The MAC In Prestonsburg, KY

As I was traveling the 20 or so miles along Highway 80 between Hindman, KY and the Prestonsburg exit of Highway 23. I was thinking about Sundy Best and all the other country acts I’ve photographed this year, Travis Tritt (twice), Charlie Daniels, Chris Stapleton, Tyler Childers (twice) and Elizabeth Cook. (more…)

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Concert Photos, Concert Reviews, Music - posted on August 4, 2017 by

Tyler Childers with NewTown at The Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, KY

I’ll be honest, going into this summer I wasn’t a very big bluegrass fan. After spending a weekend at The Master Musicians Festival listening to The Wooks, The Local Honeys and now NewTown I’m beginning to have a change of heart.

NewTown calls Lexington, Kentucky home but they play like they are from the hollow down the road! For those of you that don’t know where I live, I live in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky. Saying they play like they are from a hollow down the road is definitely a compliment!! Kati Penn, JR Williams, Travis Anderson, Hayes Griffin and Mitchell Cannon entertained the MAC crowd with their blend of acoustic, bluegrass and Americana music. With songs like “Never Gonna Change” ”Feast of the Gryphon” ”Dublin Blues” “Gonna take a Train” and a super cover of Tyler Childers own “Harlan Road” which is also the name NewTown’s latest album. Pick one of their three albums up, you will not be sorry! (more…)

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