In a rather short period of time, Kentucky’s Dillon Carmichael has staked his claim as one of the best young songwriters in Nashville. Dillon moved to Nashville right after High School. He landed a publishing deal and took off chasing his dream and that’s where I want to let Dillon’s lyrics speak for themselves. In the track “That’s What Hank Would Do”, Dillon tells us how he became the young man he is today. Check it out:
I pulled into Nashville
Writin’ songs for the radio
But chasin’ a sound didn’t work
I had to stick to what I know
And then I asked myself
“What would Hank do?”
He’d say “In with the old and out with the new”
That openness and honesty is a breath of fresh air for me. You’ll get no “Bro Country” or “Tractor Rap” from Dillon Carmichael. He’s a troubadour with a retro style of real country and his (more…)
When I sat down to write this article, it was originally going to be just ten artists. I had so much trouble trying to whittle down my list, that I ultimately decided to write until I felt the list was full. Turns out that the magic number wound up being twenty-three, so I figure why not dedicate this article to the Country Music Highway or as the Government calls it, U.S. 23!
This list includes every genre out there, so there truly is something for everyone here. If you know me at all, talent is talent, so enjoy this musical smorgasbord. I hope you find an artist that compels you to get involved. See a show. Buy a CD. Buy a shirt. Support the artists or lose the art.
By the way, these are in no particular order. Why? because I feel rankings and things like a battle of the bands causes more division in a musical community than they’re worth. The intent of this article is for us all to lift each other up. We’ll call it “Fan-Sharing” for lack of a better term. So here goes!
There are times when I do what I do here at Capture Kentucky and I find it difficult to convey just what I want to say. It’s not writer’s block or anything like that, it’s just that some things just have to be experienced to truly understand them. This past Saturday night with Dillon Carmichael and Tyler Booth was one of those moments.
Having said that, I want to try and tell a different angle to this story. I want to shine a light on just how special this show could wind up being. Only time will tell us for sure, but I believe we all witnessed a show that will be talked about for years to come. (more…)
We were all incredibly saddened by the loss 0f T-Roy. He meant so much to Kentucky and her people. We will miss him forever, but at least we have some new songs to help us remember him. RIP Troy Lee Gentry. Kentucky will always love you.
Montgomery Gentry returns to the top of the charts with their new album, “Here’s To You,” which debuted this week at #1 on iTunes Country Album Chart, #2 on Billboard’s Top Country Album chart, and #1 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart. “Here’s To You” was produced by award-winning producers Noah Gordon and Shannon Houchins and released on Average Joes Entertainment.
With three-plus years since their last release, “Here’s To You,” is proving that it was worth the wait.
Rave reviews continue to pour in including nods by NPR’s “All Songs Considered” which included “Here’s To You,” in its “essential new releases” podcast, and said “it’s very soulful, it’s rooted in southern rock…when you get to the chorus, every single chorus, they just nail it..this is that full-on connected to southern-rock sound…”
Likewise, Rolling Stone Country said the album was “a tried-and-true mix of uptempo party rockers, heartfelt patriotism and small-town nostalgia…”
The Toledo Blade remarked, “It is hard-charging, at times patriotic, and faithful to the Montgomery Gentry sound.”
Sounds Like Nashville also raved, “Here’s To You” is undeniably Montgomery Gentry that fans will undoubtedly love, mixing their signature country sound with tried and true topics that celebrate small towns, unsung heroes and the spirit of America….the album delivers the best of the duo and is perhaps their most diverse album yet.”
Montgomery Gentry recently kicked off their “Here’s To You” tour. Listed below is an updated list of tour stops.
“Here’s To You” Updated Tour Schedule:
– Indianapolis, IN – 8 Seconds Saloon
– Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
– Lynchburg, VA – Phase 2
– Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
– Jordan, NY – Kegs Canalside
– Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s
– Medina, OH – Thirsty Cowboy
– Columbus, OH – The Bluestone
– Birmingham, AL – Iron City
– Augusta, GA – Country Club Dance Hall and Saloon
– Millington, TN – Memphis International Raceway
– Las Vegas, NV – Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
– Grande Ronde, OR – Spirit Mountain Casino
– Hiawassee, GA – Anderson Music Hall
– Highland Heights, KY – BB&T Arena
– Bloomington, IL – Grossinger Motors Arena
– Wilkes-Barre, PA – F.M. Kirby Center
– Fredericksburg, VA – Celebrate Virginia After Hours
– Portsmouth, VA – Portsmouth Pavilion
– Camdenton, MO – Ozarks Amphitheater
– Marion, KS – Chingawassa Days Festival
– Hunter, NY – Taste of Country
– Ft. Loramie, OH – Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes
– New Salem, ND – ND Country Fest
– Pierz, MN – Pierz Freedom Fest
– Hillsboro, MO – Jefferson County Fair
– Springville, IN – The Boogie
– Morgantown, WV – Mountainfest Motorcycle Rally
– Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
– Bar Harbor, ME – Criterion Theater
– West Allis, WI – Wisconsin State Fair
– Zanesville, OH – Muskingum County Fair
– Manistee, MI – Little River Casino
– Ventura, CA – Boots and Brews (more…)
Music is an integral part of what we do here at Capture Kentucky. On a personal level, I’ve been involved in music for the last 18 years. I’ve managed a few bands. I’ve designed lots of posters. I’ve booked and promoted sold-out shows. I’ve been a publicist. I’ve been a journalist. I’ve been a concert photographer. Music has afforded me many great opportunities and I am truly forever grateful for that. That’s why this article is an incredible moment for me. I’ve decided to start a series of showcases that shine a light on the amazing talent that’s right here in our great Commonwealth. It’s time that I give back to music and pay forward all the blessings that music has given me.
There will be different genres, different venues and different cities where we will eventually be doing these, but my promise to you is that the talent will always be top-notch. Some will be shows that we simply add our seal of approval to. Others will offer significant opportunities and will help shape the artists and hopefully their careers. These showcases will also be exclusive to the performers from our state. Call it Kentucky Pride if ya will.
For our first show, we have put together an amazing lineup. That’s honestly not enough adjectives for this one, but I digress. We have three of the fastest rising stars that Kentucky has to offer in country music. Dillon Carmichael, Tyler Booth and Josh Martin. Now to make this even cooler, we’re hosting it at the world-famous Austin City Saloon in Lexington. Austin City has been a tried and true testing ground for several Country Superstars.