I’ve been blessed to be able to work with Master Musicians Festival. I was given the honor to be their staff photographer this year by Tiffany Finley. Many of you know Tiffany, but for those that don’t, she is the President of Master Musicians Festival. She is also an avid supporter of local music and all things Kentucky.
What makes Master Musicians Festival (MMF) so unique? The Festival is ran by ALL volunteers. That’s right. ALL volunteers. From the local roller derby tending bar, high school football teams setting up and tearing down the stages, marching bands providing golf cart rides to folks like the Don Franklin family of dealerships putting up sponsorship money, Somerset comes together and shows everyone else how it should be done.
With that army of volunteers, MMF has an economic impact of 3 million dollars. That’s absolutely incredible and astonishes me even after typing it.
This will be the 26th year that MMF has taken place and they handpick the artists. So since I’ll be there this year, I thought it would be fun to put together a top 15 list of performances that You should definitely try and take in.
There are a few tickets still left, so pick up your tickets here and enjoy the show.
Five local Lexington songwriters will play a concert as part of the global music platform, TheAcousticGuitarProject.com. The show is Wednesday, November 28th at 7:00pm at the Austin City Saloon located at 2350 Woodhill Drive. Cost is $8.00 at the door. Proceeds after expenses to benefit CENTRAL MUSIC ACADEMY.
Each artist was challenged by The Acoustic Guitar Project to write an original song, and record it live, in just one week. All musicians used the same guitar— A Washburn HF11SCE-O and the same simple handheld recorder. None of the musicians were allowed to edit their song on the computer.
At the upcoming concert, all the featured songwriters will talk a little about their experience with the project and their song and then play it live. Several of Central Ky.’s finest local musicians will be performing. You can preview their songs at the link below:
WK 1 CHRIS CARPENTER – WISH I DIDN’T KNOW BETTER
WK 2 WESLEY SAYLOR – DESTINY
WK 3 JEN TACKETT – FOOL YOURSELF
WK 4 MATHEW DOUGLAS SIMPSON – YOUNG, WILD, MAD & FREE
WK 5 TRISH TORLINE – ON MY WAY
Here is a brief summary of the project:
One Guitar. One Week. One Song.
- We choose a city and a local musician and provide them with an acoustic guitar and a simple recorder.
- That musician has one week to write an original song and record it live. No editing is allowed. They have to record their song as many times as needed to get the take they like.
- When the musician is finished, they sign the guitar and pass it on to the next musician in that city. When that city’s guitar reaches five musicians, there is a concert and each musician plays the song they wrote for the project.
Over 60 cities around the world have participated in the project and nearly 800 original songs have been written.