We did it!! Another year on the books as 2019 a tremendous year for Capture Kentucky. We helped shed some light on many of the deserving Kentuckians that occupied many different stages. We took in shows in Colorado, Tennessee, and of course Kentucky. 2020 will have us checking off another bucket list item, so stay tuned for that one!
We’re truly lucky and blessed to have several of the best photographers around contribute to Capture Kentucky. Folks like Thomas R. Biggs, Estill Robinson, and Mike Howard are flat-out amazing and I can not tell you just how lucky we are to have them as contributors. We may tell some pretty good tales, but our bread and butter are our photos here. So, I truly hope you the last year of work, and we look forward to continuing our goal, which is shining a deserving spotlight onto Kentucky artists. AND to help break the stereotypes that Hollywood can kiss my butt for.
The past year has seen several Kentuckians release some of our favorite music yet. The meteoric rise of Tyler Childers and the return of Sturgill Simpson were definite bright spots, but the introduction of several new artists make this a list that we’re extremely proud to present to you.
Please note that this isn’t a comprehensive list of every Kentucky artist that released music in 2019, this is just an overall summary of some of our favorites. Also, the music included below is in no particular order, we love ’em all equally, and hopefully you will as well!
We put together a Spotify playlist to accompany the article. Hope you enjoy!
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.
Recently we announced that we’ll be partnering up with Somersessions for some premieres. So I wanted to take a moment and put together a list of performances that I have revisited many times and this will allow me to show you why we’re so excited for this collaboration.
I really enjoyed putting this together, it was definitely a fun one! (more…)
If you’re a reader of this site, you already know the magical sounds that Jericho Woods create. They headlined our first Cinder & Smoke Fest last year, and they were also part of the Kentucky Takeover show in Nashville earlier this year.
We’re big fans of the members of the band, it just so happens that they also create fantastic music while representing our great Commonwealth.
‘One Perfect Sound’ contains ten brand new songs. You’ll find yourself submerged in an audible landscape that’s painted by the wonderful melodies and harmonies. You’ll take the trip with stops at love songs gone wrong, songs that celebrate love, songs that transport you to the beach, songs that feature Spanish style guitars and everything in between.
With ‘One Perfect Sound,’ Jericho Woods delivers the perfect balance of country music that’s marinated in a little Southern Rock ‘n’ Roll, seasoned with a dab of bluegrass, topped off with a little mop sauce and washed down with a cold Ale-8.
The results are sure to appease Country Traditionalists, but it’s also modern enough to fit in with the rest of Music Row. Highlights include “Wrong Things Right Reason”, my personal favorite in “Love The Way You Love Me”, “Song Like This”, “Monday Morning Cigarette”, “Miss Devine”, “Tennessee”, and of course the title track, “One Perfect Sound.”
Here’s the deal though, if you like one Jericho Woods song, there’s a very high percentage that you’re going to like them all. Seriously. Check out “Love The Way You Love Me” and if you dig it, just buy it or if you must, stream it. It’s truly great!
If you’ve followed this site at all, you’ve seen the name of Josh Mitcham pop-up several times. As the voice of Jericho Woods, Josh has lent his talents to several shows that we’ve hosted. Jericho Woods were a part of our inaugural Cinder & Smoke, they were also part of our recent Nashville Takeover show. And if you were in attendance at the absolutely amazing Creedence Clearwater Revival show, you saw Josh perform “Green River.”
This is the second premiere in two days that we’ve been lucky enough to bring to you exclusively. Kentucky is where it’s at and these opportunities are one of the biggest honor that I could ever receive.
When I was approached about helping Whiskey | Soldier develop Kentucky Takeover, my mind, as it often does, began racing at all of the potential opportunities. As our conversations progressed, the two things that I locked in on were simple.
1. How can I help make this a yearly event so we can funnel Kentucky’s talent to Nashville?
2. Who best represents the music happening in our Commonwealth?
Dan Collins (Whiskey | Soldier) and I came up with some really good ideas that I truly believe will make this show not only successful, but also sustainable. It’s one thing to dream something up, but it’s even more difficult to make people care year after year, but you can bet your a$$ that we will do everything we can to make it successful.
Trans Siberian Orchestra visited Lexington, KY on December 6th with their fantastic “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” at Rupp Arena. This show immersed the audience in an experience not soon to be forgotten. Along with traditional Christmas favorites, TSO performed new pieces for the audience to experience for the first time. Members of the Orchestra played from all over the arena, even soaring above the audience at times, and playing from a platform at the rear of the auditorium. Everyone, regardless of their seating section, were given a fabulous view of the show. The show was way more than just a regular concert, it went beyond a musical experience, as audience members were treated to a superb light show, LED screen projections, pyrotechnics, and even falling “snow”. Each performance by TSO includes regional guest performers, like Anna Marie Blanton from Jericho Woods, (more…)
If you’re reading this, thank you. Here at Capture Kentucky, building a strong community of like-minded individuals who share their affinity for Kentucky is the core of what we are trying to do. From that simple idea, the Cinder & Smoke Fest was born and I don’t think we could have ever imagined the outpouring of love that took place at Proud Mary BBQ on Sunday. Especially for an event in its first year with a small budget and a free show. For me, it was validation for what we’re doing. I feel that people are seeing the benefits of us all working together and it’s a beautiful thing.
My goal was to create an opportunity for artists that I felt deserved a bigger spotlight. I wanted to do so by making sure the artists were taken care of and walked away in a better position than when they arrived, that was priority number one for me. I don’t have some magical endless budget, so I knew that I would need a partner. That’s when Austin Brashear, who is a co-owner of Austin City Saloon, suggested that I reach out to Emilee Sierp and the folks at Proud Mary BBQ. Emilee saw the benefit of what I was doing and was almost instantly onboard. We had many conversations and a few setbacks, like Mother Nature forcing a rescheduled date, but Emilee never told me no about anyone or anything I asked for. To have someone that you had just met was amazing, but that spirit is exactly what makes Kentucky great. Her people amaze me on a daily basis.
Here at Capture Kentucky, we do our best to shine a light on Kentucky’s greatest asset, her people. That’s the reason we decided to create the Cinder & Smoke Fest. We wanted to create an opportunity to bring people together while allowing folks that are way more talented than us, to have a stage and a crowd.
Mother Nature was unkind to us in July, but thankfully we were able to regroup and focus on a new date.
On Sunday, August 26th, Proud Mary BBQ in Lexington, KY will host our inaugural Cinder & Smoke Fest. We are bringing in some of our favorite Kentucky bands and artists from all across our Commonwealth. So we thought we’d put together a little article to introduce you to this years lineup, which is sponsored in part by West Sixth Brewing and Ale-8-One.
One quick note: chairs are welcome at Proud Mary BBQ, but no coolers please. This is a free show to you, but the artists are being paid fairly. So please support Proud Mary while you’re there! This show would not be possible without them!