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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

Aug 282014
 

The Sunday edition of the Four Roses Bourbon Kentucky Bluegrass and Bourbon Experience at the Water Tower will feature Storefront Congregation, The Hogslop String Band, Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, Westbound Rangers and Turning Ground. Storefront Congregation is arguably one of the very best bluegrass ensembles in town, noted for their overall blend of talented pickers and terrific vocals from Lauren White. The other notable bands on the set are more old-time string bands than bluegrass, with The Whiskey Bent Valley Boys also right at the top for Louisville players. The Hogslop String Band is a Nashville old-time string band that has played Louisville before.


Watch Storefront on “The Woodsongs Coffee Hour”:


Here’s Hogslop playing Soldier’s Joy>

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Website: http://www.kentuckybluegrassfestival.com/

Aug 282014
 

Drag City Records has announced the September 23 release of Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s latest project, Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues. To listen to an interview about the record, go to https://t.e2ma.net/click/d41vg/1anvnp/x3el7b

Aug 272014
 

The Befuddled Fest, set for August 29 – 31 at the Rustic Frog (“A Gentlemen’s Club”) in New Albany, looks like it will live up to its name in some respects, with a focus on Nineties (and earlier) bands and a rather overt 420 theme running through the whole thing. It’ll be wise not to be holding if you go (or at least not when you leave), just because the New Albany police might be lurking on Hwy. 111, looking for drunks coming back from the casino, plus other impaired drivers. Having said all that, the lineup looks like this, in part: Days of the New, Quiet Riot, Bullet Boys, Faster Pussycat, Tantric, Psychostick, PoP Kiss Chainsaw, Vintage VooDoo, Stone The Crow, Nova Red, The Mad Taxpayers, Dirty Cheese & The Hoodie Thieves and Year of the Gun. Days Of The New will feature the original lineup: Travis Meeks (vocals/ guitar), Todd Whitener (guitar), Jesse Vest (bass) and Matt Tau (drums). If you can’t find something in there to like, you weren’t listening to music in the Nineties. With all the other stuff that’s being touted – Magicians, Dancers, Exotic Animals, Fire Breathers, Hula Girls, Dwarf Tossing, Illusionists, Contortionists, Stripper Dunk Tank, Clowns, Mascots – this promises to be a real fustercluck – but a fun one. Tickets are $25 a day or $45 for the whole three days.

Here’s Days Of The New singing “Touch, Peel and Stand” from back in the day:

Website: http://rusticfrog.com/

Aug 272014
 

If it’s Labor Day Weekend, it must be bluegrass at the Louisville Water Tower, this year under the title of the Four Roses Bourbon Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience. The bands playing are Flickertail Holler, Blind Corn Liquor Pickers, Hog Operation, Relic, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Turning Ground, Storefront Congregation, Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, Westbound Rangers and The Hogslop String Band. Of that lineup, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out is the biggest name, without casting any aspersion on the others, particularly Louisville’s Storefront Congregation and Hog Operation, either of which is also worth the ticket price. The event goes on August 30 and 31, a day less than in previous years. Still, a fine Kentucky way to spend yourLabor Day Weekend, hanging out at the Water Tower, drinking bourbon, eating BBQ and listening to bluegrass. Tickets are $10 before 6p.m. $14 after.
Here’s a little Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, singing “Take Me Home, Country Road”:


Website: http://www.kentuckybluegrassfestival.com

Aug 272014
 

Look what Guided By Voices have done for the world since reforming in 2010. Six high-quality, full-length albums in less than four years. And that’s not counting EPs, singles, tours, or solo records. If the sorry state of the present day indie- alt- or just plain rock landscape is the disease, GBV is the cure! Do not take in moderation.” – Contactmusic.com
What makes a true Guided By Voices fan? Someone who has all the albums? Knows all the various players? Thinks the band lost its way in 1997 by signing with Capitol Records? Mourned the “disbanding” in 2004 and celebrated the return in 2010? Who the hell knows? You do, if one of those fans; the rest of us might have a passing familiar with one or another of the many, many records or even have heard the early lo-fi stuff and thought it was cool – or not. They’re coming back to town to play Headlienrs on August 30, with Bobby Bare Jr. on the tour. The latest (as of this writing) is Cool Planet. Tickets are $23 adv/ $25 DoS.

Listen to “Ticket To Hide” from Cool Planet:


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Website: www.gbv.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GuidedByVoicesOfficial
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Guided+by+Voices