Jul 302014
 

Lord have mercy – as if a show featuring Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs and Rhonda Vincent wasn’t enough to make any Bluegrass fan reach for his/her wallet, there’s a Jerry Douglas show on the same day – August 1. This one is at the Kentucky Country Day Theatre, which is very nice, new venue out in the East End. Douglas, for those of you unfamiliar with him, is, arguably, the premiere Dobro player in the world. He spends most of his time as a session player (1,600+ albums and counting), touring with Alison Krauss And Union Station plus recording his own records. His Grammy Awards total is a lucky thirteen and he has won the Country Music Association’s “Musician of The Year” award three times, plus a number of other assorted awards. His bona fides are beyond any doubt, even for a very picky Bluegrass fan. The only considerations are: 1.) do you like resonator guitar music 2.) Do you have enough money and 3) did you not get tickets to see Bush, Vincent and Skaggs? If you answered ‘Yes’ to these three questions, then you should be out a Kentucky Country Day on August 1. Tickets are $25-$35, which are a bit more reasonable than the tickets to the Creekside event.

WAtch “Little Medley”:


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Website: www.jerrydouglas.com/
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Jerry+Douglas
MySpace: https://myspace.com/jerrydouglasband


Jul 302014
 

There is an argument to be made that the demise of ear X-tacy Records was actually good for the Louisville record store business, in that it opened up the town to other folks looking to sell some records but were intimidated by ear X-tacy’s brand and supposed clout. Phillip Olympia at Never Nervous has a column detailing Louisville’s current crop of record stores (six, by his count), with a bit of personal obeservation about each one. He also drops in a whack at John Timmons (still in debt). His one glaring omission merely reveals his East End bias – he mentions Better Days Records on Bardstown Road while utterly ignoring the larger home store of Better Days in Lyles Mall at 26th and Broadway, where Ben Jones got his business back together following the failure of his first store on Bardstown Road. But then, East End white folks don’t usually shop at Lyles Mall, so perhaps he can be forgiven his omission.
Anyway, the stores are – besides Better Days: Matt Anthony’s Record Shop, Modern Cult Records, Guestroom Records, Underground Sounds and Astro Black Records. He also includes a mention of the Book and Music Exchange stores, Half Price Books and Please & Thank You.


Jul 302014
 

It’s the end of June, so it must be WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday show on July 30. This month, the free show features Steelism, Ben Sollee and The Deloreans, making for an interesting mix of styles. Now, Louisvillians know what Ben Sollee sounds like and how inventive and cutting edge every single thing he does is, so we’ll leave that plug to your memory and imagination. The Deloreans are a Louisville pop rock band who deliver with a cheerful attitude, so that leaves Steelism, whose name is utterly appropriate the lead instruments are a steel guitar, though not played in the traditional country style so favored for years in Nashville, and an electric guitar. The band members hail from Mussel Shoals, Alabama and Nashville, so you know you have your chops and your soul. The band is climbing, with an array of singles and EPs to promote, plus a new, not-yet-released album, 615ToFame, to promote. It’s due out in mid-September. Head on down to the Waterfront and catch this new act before they get really big and you have to pay Yum! prices (well, okay, Headliners prices) to see them.
Watch Steelism play “Caught In A Pickle” live :



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Website: steelismmusic.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SteelismMusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/steelismmusic
YouTube: LastFM:www.last.fm/music/Steelism


Jul 292014
 

Here’s a bluegrass show to stretch your budget: a fundraiser called Creekside Jam, at the Humana Grand Allee in Beckley Creek Park, featuring Sam Bush and Band, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage and Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. Good lord, you might gasp – how could that big a show be out in a park nobody knows about? But that’s just you, Bucky, not paying attention. It’s all part of the Parklands of Floyds Fork in eastern Jefferson County that’s been under construction for some time now. This show is for the Beckley Creek Park section and is expected to bring in some heavy hitters from around the metro. (They hired the heavy hitters for the bluegrass.) No need to detail the history and status of Bush, Vincent and Skaggs – if you don’t know, then this show is not likely to interest you. On August 1. Tickets are $55 adv/ $65 DoS.
Here’s Sam Bush’s set at the 2013 edition of ROMP:


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Website: http://www.theparklands.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Parklands-of-Floyds-Fork/145811382098648
Twitter: https://twitter.com/theparklands/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheParklands1?feature=watch


Jul 292014
 

From Down Under comes the blues and rock jamband trio called the John Butler Trio, led by – well – John Butler. It’s been seven years since they made a stop in Louisville, playng Headliners and ear X-tacy on that occasion. Of course, it requires some serious plannning to make the journey, so we should not be too judgmental. They’ve scored a number of wins in Australia song awards, including the Australian Recording Industry Association (for Best Blues & Roots Album, twice) and the J Awards, from an Australian national youth radio station. They have a just-released album, Flesh & Blood, to promote. They’ll be doing so at the Iroquois Amphitheater on July 31. Tickets are $30.

Watch the zombies in “Only One”:


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Website: johnbutlertrio.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JohnButlerTrio
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnButlerTrio
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/The+John+Butler+Trio