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 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 042014
 

“Few musicians garner the universal respect of Michael Cleveland. A child prodigy, Michael won the hearts of the entire bluegrass industry in 1993 as a member of the IBMA Youth All-Stars. Since that time, he has gone on to perform and record with nearly everyone in the business, picking up nine IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year awards along the way. He is, without a doubt, one of the premiere fiddle players of his generation, if not in all of bluegrass history.” Daniel Mullins, Bluegrass Today
Watch the band play “Fiddlin’ Joe”:


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Website: flamekeeperband.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mcflamekeeper

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 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 022014
 

Here’s a show for the well-off bluegrass fan – on August 1, Papa John’s Pizza will present the Creekside Jam, A Parklands Benefit, featuring Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Sam Bush and Rhonda Vincent. The show will happen at the Humana Grand Allee in Beckley Creek Park. Tickets for the event are $40 for Parklands members / $55 for non-members, $65 day of show general admission tickets and children under 10 will be admitted free with an adult paid admission. There were some VIP tickets but those are already sold out. Beckley Creek Park is near 1411 Beckley Creek Parkway. Best look it up on MapQuest if you’re planning to go and don’t already know where it is. Information about the park can be found at http://www.theparklands.org/Parks/Beckley-Creek-Park/8/Humana-Grand-Allee.

Jun 022014
 

This isn’t a Waterfront Wednesday show, unfortunately, this one is a pay-for-it show, but, hey, it’s Willie Freaking Nelson, the genuine musical legend himself, along with the altogether amazing Alison Krauss And Union Station with Jerry Douglas, the fabulous bluegrass singer-songwriter and champion fiddler and her band, a headlining act itself. The Wild Feathers are an up-and-coming Americana band from Nashville that puts this (uncredited) summary on their Facebook page: “They’re like if Led Zeppelin & The Band had a baby in Joshua Tree that grew up listening to Ryan Adams covering the Stones 70’s country influenced songs.” Let’s cut to the chase: this is a show for acoustic music fans who like country and bluegrass and all of whom already know these performers and are aware of this show, set for June 6. You either have your tickets already or are just procrastinating in the matter. They are fairly steep for a Waterfront show at $55 adv/ $65 Dos but, hey, it’s Willie Freaking Nelson and Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas.

Watch the music video for “Blue Eyes Cryin In The Rain”:


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Website:willienelson.com/
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/WillieNelson
Twitter:https://twitter.com/willienelson
LastFM:www.last.fm/music/Willie+Nelson

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Watch Alison Krauss & Union Station live at a show in Murray, KY last week:


Website:alisonkrauss.com/
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/OfficialAlisonKrauss
Twitter:https://twitter.com/AlisonKrauss
LastFM:www.last.fm/music/Alison+Krauss

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Jun 022014
 

Steve Martin is not just a comedian; he’s a fine banjo player as well, having learned from John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), and he has proved it by winning a Grammy Awards; in 2002, he scored one (Best Country Instrumental Performance) for his cover of Earl Scrugg’s “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” and another one for Best Bluegrass Album The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo in 2010. He has toured with the Steep Canyon Rangers, playing at a number of notable bluegrass festivals over the past decade. His collaboration album with Edie Brickell, Love Has Come For You, yielded a Grammy (Best Roots Song) for the title tune. Now he’s on tour with Brickell and the Steep Canyon Rangers and they’ll be appearing at Horseshoe Southern Indiana on D-Day June 6. Tickets are $49.50, $64.50 and $79.50.

Here’s “Love Has Come For You”:


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Website:www.stevemartin.com/
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/SteveMartinofficial
Twitter:https://twitter.com/SteveMartinToGo

May 192014
 

David and Valerie Mayfield have created some serious connections in the music business, particularly via their children, Jessica Lea Mayfield – who vsits Louisville regularly – and David Mayfield, who tours as the David Mayfield Parade. They used to perform as the Mayfield family band One Way Rider, before winding up as “empty nesters.” After that happened, Mom and Dad Mayfield decided to quit their day jobs and go back to working as a duo, which includes making a record with their son David, who is a Nashville producer in addition to performing. They play bluegrass and old-timey music – and we mean old-timey – and have arranged for two stops in Louisville, the first at the Rudyard Kipling on May 23 and then at Decca on July 11. Check with the clubs for ticket information.

Here’s their version of “Satisfied Mind”:


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Website:http://davidandvaleriemayfield.com/
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/davidandvaleriemayfield
ReverbNation:www.reverbnation.com/davidandvaleriemayfield
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