Nov 112014
 

OCMS-2014
That’s not only because the 15-year-old band is made up of serious musicians who can play some of the fastest, most difficult fiddle and banjo lines you’ve ever heard. It’s also because you’d be hard-pressed to find a group that can beat Old Crow for pure melodic energy.” Elizabeth Pandolfi, Charleston City Papaer
Neo-C&W, retro-folk string bluegrass band Old Crow Medicine Show rides back into town for a show at the Louisville Palace on November 14, where they will certainly sing “Wagon Wheel,” along with a number of original tunes and old-timey songs from back before WWII. They get the credit (or the blame) for a flurry of banjo-picking string bands that cropped up following their discovery by Doc Watson (while they were busking in Boone, North Carolina). They’ve done very well, thank you, having been frequently on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show, plus getting formally inducted into the Grand Old Opry last year. Not a bad trick, being popular with the checkered-shirt and Ugg boots-wearing hippie crowd and the country music folk. They’ve earned quite a few awards and honors, including a Grammy for Best Long Form Video in 2013. Anyway, they have a new album, Remedy, just this year, so take a lilttle extra money with you to show – if you have it to spare, that is. Tickets are $29.50-$47.50.

Watch OCMS sing Sweet Amarillo>

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Website: www.crowmedicine.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OldCrowMedicineShow

Oct 312014
 

Dailey & Vincent is a bluegrass band some of whose members bring a significant CV to the group: Dailey sang and played guitar for Doyle Lawson; Vincent played with Rick Skaggs Kentucky Thunder band and was part of the bluegrass family band The Sally Mountain Show, along with his sister Rhonda; B. J. Cherryholmes was the pater familia of The Cherryholmes. Everybody in the band is aces on their instruments; the band has won thirteen SPBGMA awards, thirteen IBMA Awards and a Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group in 2011 and another for Best Bluegrass Album in 2013. Their last record was 2013 Brothers Of The Highway, which reached #2 on the Bluegrass Chart and #40 on the Country Chart. The upshot of this is to make it clear that what you’ll get at this show is top-of-the-line bluegrass with a bit of country stirred into, as they sing Statler Brothers’ tunes, too. Tickets for the show at the Paul W. Ogle Center at IUS, November 1, are $28 adults/$10 Students.

Here’s the official video for “When I Stop Dreaming”:


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Website: daileyandvincent.bombplates.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DaileyVincent

Oct 262014
 

It’s well-known that Louisville has a special place in its heart for jamgrass bands, thanks to the founders of same (NGR). In the years since Newgrass Boys would  like to “pick a little for you,” quite a number of acoustic acts have taken up the banner, particularly in Colorado, among them Yonder Mountain String Band, which is scheduled into the Mercury Ballroom on Wednesday, October 29. Co-founder Jeff Austin has left the band this year, so things might sound a bit different. The plan is to tour with the remaining three members, while having “special guests” fill in for Austin while they look for a permanent replacement. For the Louisville show, that will be Allie Kral on fiddle and Jake Jolliff on mandolin. With nine albums to their credit, they’re not going to run out of songs to play. Tickets to the show are $20 adv/$25 Dos plus fees.

Watch “Half Moon Rising”:


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Website: >www.yondermountain.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yondermountain
Twitter: https://twitter.com/YonderMountain
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Yonder+Mountain+String+Band

Oct 202014
 

The Carolina Chocolate Drops stop in the Clifton Cultural Center for a two-night stand, October 22 and 23, which is not the first time they’ve been here, having played a several venues in the area, including the Jugband Jubilee back in 2007. They’re definitely more an old-time string band than a jug band, though the differences are more significant to a musicologist than an regular fan. They won a Grammy back in 2010, for Genuine Negro Jig, which certainly testifies to their abilities. Taking their material from the Piedmont (North and South Caroina) musical tradition, they throw in some bluegrass-ish stuff (at least enough to get them at gig at 2011 ROMP in Owensboro) as well as blues (they got a nomination for a Blues Award, too). One could easily argue that they do not care to slotted into a particular genre, which bodes well for the future of the band. Their most recent record is 2012’s Leaving Eden, which was produced by Buddy Miller and recorded in Nashville. It hit No. 1 on the Bluegrass Chart and No. 2 on the Heatseekers chart. To sweeten the deal, The Clifton Center has arranged for Birds of Chicago to open. Tickets are $29.

Watch the official video for “Country Girl”:


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Website: www.carolinachocolatedrops.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarolinaChocolateDrops
Twitter: https://twitter.com/_CCDs
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Carolina+Chocolate+Drops

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:


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

Sep 112014
 

Bill Monroe’s version of bluegrass has traveled far and wide but so has Sam Bush’s newgrass, which was mated with the music of the Grateful Dead to produce jamgrass, now a staple of festivals around the country. We see many jamgrass bands coming through town: Yonder Mountain String Band, String Cheese Incident, any of several configurations from David Grisman and now Greensky Bluegrass, which will be at Headliners Music Hall on September 16. Equipped with the usual bluegrass instrumentation (including Dobro), Greensky rips right along nstrumentally, with harmonies more in tune with various Americana country groups than standard bluegrass four-part harmony. If you like Newgrass, perhaps with the edges smoothed a bit, these boys will make you feel right at home. In fact, they are so good that they won the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition in 2006, which is no small deal. They have a brand-new album, If Sorrows Swim, which they wil be performing. Swear and Shake will open. Tickets are $15

Check out “Demons”:


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Website: http://www.greenskybluegrass.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greenskybluegrass
Twitter: https://twitter.com/campgreensky
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Greensky+Bluegrass

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/