Jan 132015

Dawn Landes, who is heading to England for a series of gigs, has released a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City,” with Jim James assisting, which will be on her upcoming EP of covers, set for release on February 2. Here’s what will be on it:
1. Atlantic City w/ Jim James of My Morning Jacket (Bruce Springsteen)
2. Southern Accents (Tom Petty)
3. Longer Than Always (Dolly Parton)
4. More Than This (Roxy Music)
5. Moon River

Listen to “Atlantic City”:

Dec 302014

The sudden and unexpected death of violinist Rachel Blanton, 40, who was found by her sister on Christmas morning, has stunned the Louisville music community. Her involvement in the scene spanned all manner of styles, from classical and baroque music to acoustic and Celtic to rock. She was, in every accounting, exceptionally friendly, upbeat and willing to assist other musicians, including her many students. She was also heavily involved in the production of the Abbey Road On The River Festival.
An extended obituary, detailing many of her musical activities, is here.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 1, 2015, from 2-8 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, 10304 Dixie Highway. A Celebration of Rachel’s life will be Friday, January 2, 2015, beginning at 2 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home. –
Below, some of the comments and tributes:

From Bourbon Baroque:

A video tribute from Chris Gesela:

Jeremy Podgursky posted this track of “Athen’s Up For Hire” from The Pennies10,000 Things album, on which Rachel was in the string section:

The tribute from Abbey Road on The River is here. The Main Stage at AROTR will be called “The Rachel Blanton Stage.”
There are many, many more posted on Rachel’s Facebook page.

Dec 232014

WE can trust Syd Bishop at Never Nervous to keep up with what’s the latest and, for this edition, the latest is a video from Andrew Rinehart, titled “You Can’t Break My Heart (Pretty People Make Graves)” plus a curious ramble from Bishop about East End/South End – Cool/Not Cool High School battles dissoloving into L.A. glitz. Or something. It can be heard to tell, exactly, with Syd. Watch the video below and go read his commentary here.