Your Derby Eve show selection just got a bit more complicated – JJ Grey & Mofro will be at the Iroquois Amphitheatre on May 1. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Here’s a video of a recent live performance:
Leon Russell has gotten too long in the tooth to be up on a “Tight Rope,” but his piano-playing hasn’t deteriorated nor his singing and he’ll play “A Song For You,” along with any number of other tunes of his choosing when he comes to Headliners on November 15. Of course, you know that Russell has been an integral part of the American music business for thirty or forty years now, has played with so many famous musicians (including New Grass Revival) as a sideman that it’s pointless to try to list them. He has made many, many records, though while successful enough, they didn’t make much noise on the charts. He last played Louisville at last year’s Abbey Road On The River festival and was at Headliners the year before. Tickets to the show are $35 seated / $25 SRO. Dog House Kitchen will open.
Here’s a live fan video from the House Of Blues, Dallas:
Phillip Olympia at Never Nervous has a bit of an interview with Phil and Josef Medley of the Louisville band Adventure, which is tagged as “They aren’t quite country, they’re not Americana, and they aren’t pop.”
Read it here.
The 13th Annual Lebowski Fest gets under way on Friday, July 11, with lots of fun things to do, including music. There’s all the favorite memes from the flick, including Nixonian bowling, plus there’s music. Friday is the Movie Party with Those Darlins and The Features, please a scheening on the film itself with LIAM! You may gather on the lawn beginning at 8pm. Music at 9, Movie at 11pm Tickets are $20 adv / $25 DoS. Of course, the event continues over the weekend. More to come – details ha https://lebowskifest.com/
Here’s Those Darlins performing “Oh God” from their third album, Blur The Line
My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan and his new band, Spanish Gold, get the headlining spot for WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday show on May 28. The upside for Hallahan is that membership in MMJ (and the associated fan base) will transfer to his new band, at least for this show, but there’s a bit of downside as well: the band’s first album, South Of Nowhere, has only just dropped and the all tunes the band will be playing will be relatively new to the Louisville audience, though some will be a bit familiar via WFPK. Word is that it’s a straight-ahead summer rock album and with a couple of Texans for bandmates, the flavoring should be quite different from MMJ. Also on the bill are The Broken Spurs and Peter Searcy’s reunited Starbilly, which will make it absolutely a roots rock ‘n’ roll show, which is not your routine FPK lineup. Wear your dancing shoe, to be sure. It’s a free show, of course.
Here’s “Out On The Street,” from the new record:
The Confederacy might or might not rise again, but the South surely has, particularly when it comes to rock ‘n’ roll, yielding a whole slew of bands over the last fifty years. The state of Georgia has been a hotbed of Southern rock; the list is too long for here, but you know the names. Next up on that list is Blackberry Smoke, an Atlanta-based crew of long-haired, bearded, bandanna-sporting, hippie-esque boys with a groove in their souls, guitars in their mitts and Gregg Allman in their hearts. Paste’s Andy Whitman tagged them – pretty plainly, if stereotypically – this way: “If bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special, and Molly Hatchet bring a nostalgic tear to the eye, then Blackberry Smoke will delight you.” They’re touring in support of The Whippoorwill and will bring their Fire In The Hole tour to the Mercury Ballroom on May 15. The Delta Saints will open. Tickets are $25 plus $5.25 in additional fees.
From The Whippoorwill, watch “Ain’t Much Left Of Me”:
Ask somebody from Dallas what good things have come out of Ft. Worth and you won’t hear about much, with the exception of the rock band The Toadies. It’s interesting to realize that they started back in 1989 and yet are still best known for the 1995 single, “Possum Kingdom,” which shares its name with a state park and which, during the video of the song, was mistaken for a snuff film. They broke up in 2002, reunited in 2006 and went back at it. They have five studio albums, including 2012’s Play.Rock.Music., plus three live albums. We’re talking Texas roots rock, friends, just the kind of thing you can hear most nights in clubs all over the state. They’ll be at the Mercury Ballroom on April 15. Tickets are $20.
Here’s “Possum Kingdom”:
The Dirty Guv’nahs, a Knoxville roots rock sextet, just released a new CD, Hearts On Fire, and, lo and behold, it hit the top of the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, while also hitting #102 on the Billboard Top 200. How very excellent for their upcoming show at Headliners on April 4. Just so you can get a handle on what they sound like, the comparison is to The Black Crowes. As they are noted for their energetic live shows, they have scored opening slots for the Zac Brown Band and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Sounds like they are on the way up the ladder. Tickets to show are $12 adv/$14 Dos.
Watch the official video for “Morning Light”: