The Cropped Out Festival schedule has been released:
Okay, the Louisville Orchestra is not all about high-falutin’ European music written before the Twentieth Centry after all – Bob Bernhardt a sense of humor there, too. The LO Pops presentation on September 27 will feature none other than Seinfeld’s George Costanza, a.k.a. Jason Alexander. Alexander has a terrific show biz resume that includes Broadway productions of various sorts as well as his television and other comedy work. I can’t begin to describe what this is going to wind up as. It’s in Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center on September 27. Tickets start at $30.
Ohio slide guitarist Ray Fuller and his band the Bluesrockers come back to Louisville for a show at Stevie Ray’s on September 27, packing a new CD, Live at Buddy Guy’s Legends, on Blind Racoon Records. Fuller and the band have been at it a long time, having started back in 1978. Of course, that just means the music is very well marinated, pickled and utterly the blues – with some rock for sauce. They were well-received at last year’s Garvin Gate, which set them up for a series of gigs at Stevie Ray’s. Put on your dancin’ shoes and head on out to the Main Street Club for only $8.
Here’s a clip of the band at Garvin Gate:
Tommy Womack’s Government Cheese is the band that won’t die, or, at least, hangs in there, despite everything. Wommack has made a career out of the band, either by performing in it or writing about it (Cheese Chronicles, 1985-1995). Okay, it’s greasy rock ‘n’ roll, akin to Jason and the Scorchers and Webb Wilder, but they had their sound and their place in the crowded Nashville market, even though they were from Bowling Green. They made some good records, too. Womack made a career as a singer-songwriter after the band broke up in the mid-Nineties, but they kept getting back together for reunion shows, just like the show at Headliners on September 27. Head on down – tickets are $20.
Here’s Government Cheese’s “Fish Stick Day”:
Let’s just say it: the 5th Annual Cropped Out Festival is kind of unusual, not for your ordinary Jane or Joe music fan. Oh, there might be the odd player now and then that you might relate to, like, for instance, Nathan Salsberg, but most of the music is out on the edges (hence the “cropped out” name); fundamentally, it’s the punk motif run wild. It happens at American Turners on River Road, plus a couple of other places: Dreamland and Fresh Start. The kick-off is on September 25 at Dreamland; for September 26 & 27, the main event happens. The lineup is too long to print here: head over to www.croppedoutmusic.com/landing for that. The last show is at Fresh Start on September 28. Really, you need to be fairly young and very much interested in music that pushes the boundaries, hard. However, it could well be that attendance at this event will be a considerable badge of supreme cool later in life. Get your tickets at http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/681189/
Here’s the commercial for 2014:
Indie electronic/synthpop artist St. Lucia, born in South Africa but now living in Brooklyn, is out on the road with his first album When The Night, with a tour titled The Night Comes Again . Basically a remixer, he’s paired with the Rochester, NY, electronic indie rock band called Joywave. For this tour, he does seem to have a band. Despite the fact that Joywave has only a single album, 2012’s Koda Vista, they have scored big with “Dangerous,” a collaboration with Big Data which reached the top of the heap on the US Alternative chart in 2012. Their next one, “Tongues,” featuring KOPPS, has done fairly well, with the NSFW video snagging 150,000 views as of July. Taken together, it’s tricky to decide which act should be the headliner, though St. Lucia is, as the producer. They’re at Headliners on September 26 and tickets are $15.
Here’s St. Lucia’s “Before the Dive”:
Check out Joywave singing “Somebody New”:
A co-writer of “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” along with Jamey Johnson and Dallas Davidson, Randy Houser has had a pretty fair start to his performing career, putting his first album, Anything Goes, at No. 1 on the US Heat Seekers chart. His best Country chart album to date is his third, How Country Feels, the title single from which was his first No. 1 on the Airplay Chart, followed by “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight.” He hasn’t yet won any country music awards, though he has been nominated. The Airplay chart will mean he’s familiar to country music fans who listen to WAMZ, so his show at the Iroquois Amphitheater on September 26 should draw a few folks. Tickets run $20-$30.
Randy sings “Like A Cowboy” at the Grand Ole Opry:
The September 25 show at KRC Yum! Center will give country fans a bit of the “real” country that so many have been lamenting the loss of on the charts. That would be Dwight Yoakam, of course, who’s not the headliner - Eric Church is, with the Brothers Osborne the third at. Church is a rocker turned country rock singer, which is not too much of a turn these days. He’s touring in support of The Outsiders, his fifth studio album. A winner of several CMA and ACA Awards, he’s currently nominated for Album of The Year for The Outsiders and Song of the Year for “Give Me Back My Hometown.” The Brothers Osborne have a new, just-released EP, Brothers Osborne. Dwight Yoakam is touring in support of 3 Pears, so there’ll be plenty of merch. Tickets run $25 – $59.50 plus fees. UPDATE: Rolling Stone has a new interview with the Brothers Osborne here.
Here’s “Give Me Back My Hometown”:
:Brothers Osborne – “Rum”
Here’s “A Heart Like Mine”:
The master of the “Giit-Steel,” Junior Brown, has made Jim Porter’s his venue of choice in the Louisville area for quite some time now, so it’s not really necessary to promote his shows there heavily, as he has an audience when he comes. Even though Brown is an Indiana native, he spent several years playing with Asleep At The Wheel, so his music is drawn from Western Swing, honky-tonk and a bit blues plus some surf guitar. His most recent CD, Volume Ten, is his eleventh studio album (but tenth under his own name) and comes after a seven-year delay. His songs lean to the humorous: “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead” is a classic; the video for the song won the CMA Country Music Video Of The Year Award in 1996. Tickets are $40 front row V.I.P.,$20 guaranteed seating, $15 general concert admission.
Here’s the video for “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead”:
Pokey Lafarge comes back to town for a show at Headliners, with The Loot Rock Gang and The Tillers opening. Since his little brief time in Louisviile, he has dropped the South City Three name from the band in favor of Pokey LaFarge. His photos have the mournful look of shots from the Thirties of soon-to-be-dead mobsters, tricked out in suits and hats but unable to hide their basic personas. His music is from that period as well, borrowing cheerfully from ragtime and jazz to country & western, Appalachian folk and Western Swing. They band is still touring behind 2013’s Pokey LaFarge. They’ll be at Headliners on September 25. Tickets are $20 adv. $22 DoS.
Check out the Official Video for “Central Time”: