Sep 022014
 

If blues rock and rockabilly or rap is not your sort of music, perhaps the New Age/neo-classical/cello pop group calling themselves The Piano Guys would be more to your taste. There’s only one piano and a cello but the piano gets “played” by several members, via plucking of the strings and/or otherwise manipulating the instrument. They also mix classical with various pop music songs, movie themes and even some hip-hop. They got famous making high-quality videos and their records sell very well, indeed. They’ll be at the Louisville Palace on September 5. Tickets are $29.50 – $49.50.

Watch them at work on New Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful”:


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Website: thepianoguys.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PianoGuys
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ThePianoGuys
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/The+Piano+Guys


Sep 022014
 

“Even when the songs vent, they tell a story. These strange tales overflow with characters who are simultaneously common and larger than life. If Th’ Legendary Shack-Shakers have a genre then it’s the Land-locked Sea Chanty. Here are strange people caught in epic yet gritty circumstances. Everything may be doomed but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a good time singing along until the end. The band is at the helm of our craft, piloting us down a river bursting it’s banks, serenading us as we head at full speed toward the DAMN.” – Pandeliriuim review, SepiaChord.com
Paducah’s favorite sons (maybe) The Legendary Shack Shakers will headline a three-band bill at Zanzabar on September 4, along with the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys and Whiskey Shivers, which certainly marks the night as a “roots” show in every respect. TLSS, of course, played rockabilly to begin, with before easing into a strange combo of swamp rock, hickabilly and carnivalia, spiced with influences from Hank III. Although they don’t put records on the charts much, they have some special fans: Robert Plant personally selected them to open for a tour in 2005; they tour frequently with the Reverend Horton Heat and Jello Biafra guested on one of their albums, calling called TLSS leader J.D. Wilkes “the last great Rock and Roll frontman.” Even the GEICO gekko had a track of theirs for background in a commercial. (Ricky Feather would fit in this band – but he wouldn’t agree to do so.) Anyway, head on out for an evening of rompin’ and stompin’ and don’t forget to bring along a designated driver or take a cab or walk. Just don’t drive after the show. Tickets are $10.

Here’s “Shake Your Hips” from a 2012 show in Denmark:


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Website:www.legendaryshackshakers.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/legendaryshackshakers
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Th’+Legendary+Shack*Shakers


Sep 022014
 

“It is no secret that Susan is a world class vocalist, but on “That Did It” her guitar skills were front and center. She laid into her instrument with enough soul and power to make the ghost of Sister Rosetta Tharpe proud. Her approach to the six-string is a no-gimmick, loud and subtle reminder that she is the mother of Derek Trucks’ children.
Derek Trucks’ role as bandleader is performed perfectly. He gives everyone else onstage the space they need to become who they are musically. At times, when all eyes turn to him for a solo, he will defer the moment to someone else. Once everybody has found themselves in their given space, Trucks’ bright red Gibson SG is implied. With a meditative expression on his face, Derek tears sonic holes in the universe; each one providing grist for the mill of his spiritual journey with a guitar. ” – JamBase
The Tedeschi Trucks Band, which is a very large band, indeed, returns to the Iroquois Amphitheater on September 4, after a two-year absence. Blues fans know the origins of this group, i.e., the marriage of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks back in 2001, which resulted, over time, in a merging of the two bands, The Derek Trucks Band and The Susan Tedeschi Band. It was called Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi’s Soul Stew Revival, then the name was changed to the current Tedeschi Trucks Band moniker. The first album the group released, Revelator, won a 2012 Grammy for Best Blues Album. Made Up Mind is the latest. Anyway, this is a no-brainer for serious music fans. Tickets are available starting at $49.50 to $74.50 as of this date.

Here’s part of their performance at Bonnaroo earlier this year:


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Website: www.tedeschitrucksband.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DerekAndSusan
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DerekAndSusan
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Tedeschi+Trucks+Band


Sep 022014
 

The all-new LEO has gotten it together for more music reviews; last week’s issue had reviews of Jonathan Glen Wood’s Ballad Of Jon by Syd Bishop; Thirty Spokes self-titled debut, also by Bishop and Ut Gret’s Ancestors’ Tale by Martin Z. Kasdan Jr.
It’s a bit hard to find the reviews on the web site, as the “Reviews” link produces a link that appears to be in chronological order, with the most recent reviews – sort of. The reviews are also undated.


Aug 282014
 

American Idol finalist Josh Gracin continues his effort to establish himself solidly as a country music star, which, after having a number one hit, “Nothin’ To Lose,” back in 2004 off his debut album plus a few more top five hits, remains a necessary goal. (The American Idol success did keep him from getting shot at, as he wound up as a recruiting tool for the Marine Corps, until his honorable discharge in 2004.) His recent Facebook suicide note resulted in a short stint at an inpatient psychiatric facility, but he’s back on tour. He’ll appear at the Mercury Ballroom on August 30, with J. D. Shelburne opening, supporting the single “Drink It Gone” from his newest, as yet untitled record. Tickets are $16+$4.50 fee

Here’s “Over Me”:


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Website: https://joshgracin.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoshGracin
Twitter: https://twitter.com/joshgracin