Sep 152014

The Clifton Cultural Center will present a two-day event, September 19 & 20, called “I’ve Rambled This Country Both Early & Late: A Celebration of Kentucky Mountain Music,” which will feature performances by John Harrod, Ron Pen, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, and the Red State Ramblers, as well as a community dance, film screenings, a “shape note” singing, instrument workshops, and discussions. On top of all that, the event itself is centered on the release of more than 32 hours of music that was recorded by Alan Lomax in 1937, much of which has not been widely available until now, thanks to a collaboration between the Clifton Center and Nathan Salburg. Tickets are “pay what you will.”
The schedule is:
Friday, September 19
7:00pm – Pre-concert Talk: Lomax Archive Curator Nathan Salsburg will give remarks on Lomax’s East Kentucky recordings.
8:00pm – Concert with John Harrod & Kentucky Wild Horse. Opening set by Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Sara Wood, and Karly Dawn Higgins Saturday, September 20
10:00am to 2:00pm – Shape-note singing, hosted by the Ohio Valley Shape Note Singers
2:00pm – Appalshop Films Screening: “To Fit My Own Category” (on Nimrod Workman); “Dreadful Memories” (on Sarah Ogan Gunning)
4:00pm to 5:30pm – Directed workshops:
– crankies (Anna Roberts-Gevalt)
– banjo (Jesse Wells)
– fiddle (Nikos Pappas)
7:00pm – Round robin tune-swap with festival participants
8:30pm – Square dance with Red State Ramblers. Called by Randy Wilson.

For more information, go to I’ve Rambled This Country Both Early & Late: A Celebration of Kentucky Mountain Music

Sep 152014

All the hippest bloggers in town are all over the upcoming show featuring Tennis and Pure Bathing Culture at Headliners on September 19. The bloggers are  not alone in that regard – check these quotes: “An album of sumptuous indie pop…thick and gleaming.” – Stereogum (One of their 40 Best New Bands of 2013); “There’s an irresistible charm to the simple melodic structure and retro sixties-pop lyricism” – VOGUE; “Unfathomably lovely layered harmonies and tear-inducing minor-key guitar strokes” – MTV Buzzworthy.
And those are about Pure Bathing Culture, who are not even the headliners. That would be Tennis, which is the husband-and-wife team of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, purveyers of indie surf pop, which you can hear on their new album, the just-released Ritual in Repeat, their third. Tennis has recorded and released a number of covers, as well as their original material, which also makes them rather unusual. Their successes to date have included a couple of television placements, Gray’s Anatomy and Once Upon a Time. Tickets to the show are $10 adv/ $12 Dos, a cheap price for being able to say you saw them back when.

Watch Tennis play “Mean Streets” on KCRW:

Here’s Pure Bathing Culture singing “Pendulum”:


Website: www.tennis-music.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tennisinc
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TennisInc
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Tennis


Website: www.purebathingculture.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/purebathingculture
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Pure+Bathing+Culture

Sep 142014

Vocalist and bassist John Cowan has been a musical presence in the Louisville area for a long time, going back to the Newgrass days at the Great Midwestern Music Hall and continuing on through the various bands he has assembled and fronted. Although generally known as “The Voice Of Newgrass,” his choice of musical styles ranges widely, through soul to the Doobie Brothers, with whom he is a touring member. Now he has joined with John McFee and Friends at for a show at Headliners Music Hall on September 18, celebrating his new Sixty album, which McFee, a Doobie Brothers bandmate, produced. The album has gotten a good reception in the Americana market, including getting airplay on WFPK. No doubt, Louisville will welcome him back, no doubt. Tickets to the show are $30 Reserved Seats / $20 SRO.
Here’s a sampler from Sixty:


Website: www.johncowan.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/the.john.cowan.band

Sep 132014

The final Waterfront Wednesday of 2014 will feature the delicious Boston band Lake Street Dive plus Sean Rowe and The 23 String Band. Lake Street played The New Vintage last February, on a Monday when it was in the teens, with ice and snow on the ground. The house was sold out, bringing a mixed group of people of all ages in to hear them. WFPK has been playing their music since, so expect a really big crowd. New York alt singer/songwriter Sean Rowe is touring in support of his latest, Madman. The 23 String Band will be playing tunes from their latest, Bangin’ And Clangin’. It’s a show, of course. On the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park, September 17. Mind the construction work.

Here’s Lake Street Dive doing “I Want You Back”

Sean Rowe – “Madman”:

23 String Band – “Long Hot Summer Days”:


Website: http://wfpk.org/wfpk-waterfront-wednesday-season-2014/

Sep 132014

“With their eponymous album released on Monday and their national tour starting later this month, the two insist not only on their own bankable stardom, but also on the importance of the sound they helped create. And yet, to look at the duo’s respective career trajectories, and the astoundingly generic quality of their album, Nick & Knight showcase a sad, strange take on a certain kind of masculinity, and thus the whole boyband genre: though pretty and well-choreographed, the duo are aggressive and desperate in their attempt to assert their own importance, and assure us that they’re not impotent. ” – Jennifer Garson, The Guardian (UK)

Take one Back Street Boy and one New Kid On The Block and together you get Nick & Knight, a collaboration between  Nick Carter and Jordan Knight. With a brand-new Nick & Knight album, they’re on tour and will hit the Mercury Ballroom on September 17. The album, which features songs written by committees of noted writers, has done well enough to peak at No. 24 on the U.S. Chart so far. Of course, these two still have fans, most of whom at headed into their thirties, who’ll come out to see them, no doubt. The whole shebang is one professionally engineered, produced and staged event, so it’ll be a thouroughly current pop show that should appeal  to those fans. The critics? No so much. Tickets are $45 + $13 fee.

Listen to “Just The Two Of Us”:


Website: www.nickandknight.com/

Sep 122014

K. Scott Richter ran the Slamdek label, with help from a revolving cast of Louisville musicians and wrote a book about it called Slamdek A-Z. Now there’s an audio version, called Slamdek A To Z: Audio Companion To The Book, with tunes from many of the bands Slamdek released records for. Syd Bishop at Never Nervous, who was around during that time, as his take on the new compilation take; it’s worth a read if you have any interest in Louisville music.