Aug 212014
 

“Since their debut in 2001, GRAMMY®-nominated, American Music Award and multiple Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold over 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, garnered 25 No. 1 multi-format Christian radio singles and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/Top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC), “Homesick” (Top 10 AC), and “So Long Self.” In 2009, Billboard named MercyMe’s “Word Of God Speak” the No. 1 Song of The Decade and the group the No. 1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional No. 1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry’s most notable talents. MercyMe made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. MercyMe has sold out venues across the nation, including Radio City Music Hall, and has appeared on The Tonight Show, CNN, Fox New Channel’s Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS This Morning and in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard and more.” – jesusfreakhideout.com
August 24 is a Sunday and at the 2014 Kentucky State Fair, that means it’s time for a free Christian music concert. On the bill for this show is Greenville, Texas Crhistian rock band MercyMe, a band with a long string of hits on the Christian music charts and awards to match, including having the Billboard’s No. 1 No. 1 Christian song of the Decade: “Word of God Speak.” For this show, they have a brand-new record, Welcome To The New,” which was released in April. The show is at Cardinal Stadium and it’s free, of course.

Watch the official video for “Shake” from the new record:


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Website: mercyme.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mercyme
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/MercyMe

Aug 202014
 

JOAN JETT is a Swiss watch, A German Train schedule, the Energizer Bunny. In a word: dependable.” – Kurt B. Reighley/The Stranger
“I Love Rock & Roll” singer Joan Jett & the Blackhearts come back to Cardinal Stadium on August 23, after an absence of four years. It’s been thirty-plus years since that iconic first hit and twenty-plus years since she had a Top Ten hit, but that hasn’t kept her from staying busy, writing, recording, produciing and touring. Her most recent album is 2013’s Unvarnished, which peaked at #47 on the Billboard 200 chart. Jett and the Blackhearts play straight-up rock ‘n’ roll, which still works perfectly well in the hearts of rock fans everywhere. Devour The Day opens. It’s a free show.

Here’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”:


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Website: www.joanjett.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joanjettandtheblackhearts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/joanjett

Aug 202014
 

Blues musician Keb’ Mo’ returns to the Derby City after a very long absence; his only other show here was in 2006 at the Palace. It’s a bit odd, given Louisville’s fairly steady appetite for the blues. In any case, he’s got a new, just-released record, BLUESAmericana, his fourteenth, to entertain fans with. He won Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 1997, 1999 and 2005, so he clearly is important in the blues field. His songwriting chops extend beyond one genre; in 2006, he cowrote “I Hope” with the Dixie Chicks for their Taking The Long Way album. Tickets for the August 22 show at the Mercury Ballromm are $33.50+$6.50 fee if you order online. G. Love & Special Sauce

For a sample, check out this video of the Keb Mo Band at the Rawa Blues Festival in 2013:


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Website: www.kebmo.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kebmo
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Keb’+Mo’

Aug 182014
 

The American Idol-winning country music singer Scotty McCreery will appear at Cardinal Stadium on August 22. McCreery’s done fairly well after his win, having released three albums, including his most recent, 2013’s See You Tonight and winning several awards, including CMT and ACA awards for various “New Artist” categories. McCreery is also a professed Christian. It’s a free show at the Kentucky State Fair.

Watch Scotty sing “Feelin’ It”:


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Website: http://www.scottymccreery.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottymccreery
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScottyMcCreery

Aug 182014
 

Those “honesty-in-advertising” laws must be having their effect on the music business as well, as a more appropriately named tour than “Mega Deaf” would be hard to find. Needless to say, it features several ear-shattering bands – or, at least, what they would have you belive – including Wilmington, Nnorht Carolina’s He Is Legend, Birmingham’s Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster, Wilson and Greyhaven. He Is Legend is promoting their first album in five years, Heavy Fruit. That project follows the reunion of the band in 2012, after a three-year hiatus. Maylene and the Sons of Disaster continue to promote 2011’s IV. Both bands have undergone some churning in the personnel department, including filling in for each other some. It’ll happen at the Phoenix Hill Tavern on August 21 and tickets are $13.

Check out the brand-new video for “The Carpet” from HIL:


Aug 182014
 

First out of the gate this Monday morning is the Mercury Ballroom, with a couple of annoucements. First up is the news that the Nashville band Here Come The Mummies will play on December 5, tickets $20 advance, $22 day of show. This is the second time the Mummies have played the venue this year, so this news begins to border on the very ordinary.

Next, there is an ticket package tagged the Country Club Ticket Package, which is wraps four country shows into one, with a ticket price of $40 for all four. The shows are: Josh Gracin with J. D. Shelburne on August 30; Frankie Ballard, October 24; Clayton Anderson, November 21 and Chase Rice, November 29.

Stay tuned for more?

Aug 162014
 

These days in the country music field, a couple of poorly selling singles in a row is enough to kick an artist of the Main Stage. So it seems to be with Easton Corbin, whose first two singles went to No. 1, but the next three didn’t, even though they sold well enough to be tagged Gold. . The latest, “Clockwork,” peaked at No. 31 on the U.S. Country chart, which was his lowest peak to date. The album that it is on has not yet been released. In addition to that, he hasn’t even been nominated for a country music award since 2011. Poor Corbin – already nearly history and only on the radar for five years. He’s playing Cardinal Stadiumm along with Louisville rising star Olivia Henken and her band, on August 20. It’s a free show, of course.

Watch the video for “ClockworK”:


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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eastoncorbin
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eastoncorbin
YouTube: eastoncorbinwebisodes.com

Aug 142014
 

Alright, everybody (of a certain age) sing: “I’ve been to the desert on a horse with no game…”  Yep, it’s those guys, who call themselves America, playing a free show at Cardinal Stadium on August 16, along with Caribou. What most folks don’t know is that the band was formed in London and George Martin, a.k.a. the Fifth Beatle, produced seven of their albums. They racked up a quite a few hits, including “Horse With No Name,” “Sister Golden Hair,” “Ventura Highway,” “Tin Man” and “Lonely People.” By the end of the Eighties, they were focusing on their live shows, unable to get a major record deal, although they did continue to record and release projects, both as a band and as solo albums by the members. In 2006, the group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and in 2012, received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Original members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell continue to tour with a backing band.

Here’s “You Can Do Magic”:


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Website: www.venturahighway.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Americaband
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/America

Aug 132014
 

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When I first saw this pairing, I confess, I was taken somewhat aback. Kacey Musgraves is one fine songwriter with a wicked sense of humor, but then I realized, of course, that part of my problem was that I had not heard much of Katy Perry’s music, not being of the right age to get into over-the-top pop. Not that it matters, as folks of my age are only buying tickets to the show at the KFC Yum! Center on August 16 are buying them on behalf of their children and/or grandchildren. Anyway, the tickets are $29.50 to $130.50.

Watch the pair “Roar” live:


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Website: www.katyperry.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katyperry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/katyperry

Aug 132014
 

The band is called Brownout and they’re playing at Headliners on August 16 under the title of Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath. It’s an Austin band, and if you are somewhat confused, welcome to the club. Here’s a PR bit about Brownout from Headliners:
“An 8-piece outfit formed ten years ago by members of Grammy Award-winning Latin revival orchestra Grupo Fantasma, Brownout has evolved into a musical force all its own. After garnering their third Austin Music Award last year, the band has continued to produce music that is unflinchingly progressive, while evoking the classic influences of artists such as WAR, Cymande and Funkadelic. They’ve performed at events including Bonnaroo, High Sierra Music Festival, Pickathon, FFFFest, Bear Creek Music Festival, Utopia Festival and Pachanga Fest, while regularly touring the U.S. Brownout’s also served as a highly in-demand backing band for artists including Prince, Daniel Johnston, GZA and Bernie Worrell.”
Though it isn’t quite explicitly stated, Brown Sabbath is Brownout’s Black Sabbath alter=ego. With a Latin influence, of course. D’Arkestra is opening for them. Tickets are $12 Adv/$15 Dos.

Here’s they live, cover The Wizard>

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Website: brownoutmusic.tumblr.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brownoutband