Aug 272014
 

The Befuddled Fest, set for August 29 – 31 at the Rustic Frog (“A Gentlemen’s Club”) in New Albany, looks like it will live up to its name in some respects, with a focus on Nineties (and earlier) bands and a rather overt 420 theme running through the whole thing. It’ll be wise not to be holding if you go (or at least not when you leave), just because the New Albany police might be lurking on Hwy. 111, looking for drunks coming back from the casino, plus other impaired drivers. Having said all that, the lineup looks like this, in part: Days of the New, Quiet Riot, Bullet Boys, Faster Pussycat, Tantric, Psychostick, PoP Kiss Chainsaw, Vintage VooDoo, Stone The Crow, Nova Red, The Mad Taxpayers, Dirty Cheese & The Hoodie Thieves and Year of the Gun. Days Of The New will feature the original lineup: Travis Meeks (vocals/ guitar), Todd Whitener (guitar), Jesse Vest (bass) and Matt Tau (drums). If you can’t find something in there to like, you weren’t listening to music in the Nineties. With all the other stuff that’s being touted – Magicians, Dancers, Exotic Animals, Fire Breathers, Hula Girls, Dwarf Tossing, Illusionists, Contortionists, Stripper Dunk Tank, Clowns, Mascots – this promises to be a real fustercluck – but a fun one. Tickets are $25 a day or $45 for the whole three days.

Here’s Days Of The New singing “Touch, Peel and Stand” from back in the day:

Website: http://rusticfrog.com/

Aug 272014
 

If it’s Labor Day Weekend, it must be bluegrass at the Louisville Water Tower, this year under the title of the Four Roses Bourbon Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience. The bands playing are Flickertail Holler, Blind Corn Liquor Pickers, Hog Operation, Relic, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Turning Ground, Storefront Congregation, Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, Westbound Rangers and The Hogslop String Band. Of that lineup, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out is the biggest name, without casting any aspersion on the others, particularly Louisville’s Storefront Congregation and Hog Operation, either of which is also worth the ticket price. The event goes on August 30 and 31, a day less than in previous years. Still, a fine Kentucky way to spend yourLabor Day Weekend, hanging out at the Water Tower, drinking bourbon, eating BBQ and listening to bluegrass. Tickets are $10 before 6p.m. $14 after.
Here’s a little Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, singing “Take Me Home, Country Road”:


Website: http://www.kentuckybluegrassfestival.com

Aug 262014
 

Headliners is staging a country music show on August 29, featuring the exceptionally handsome Jason Michael Carroll along with Jeni Carr and J. D. Shelburne. Carroll got his start at a Houston talent competition, which led to Arista Nashville signing him in 2006. His first record, Waitin’ In The Country, yielded three top 40 hits. His next produced two more, then he and Arista “parted ways.” His third record, Numbers, is distributed via Cracker Barrel stores. Shepherdsville’s Carr and Taylorsville’s Shelburne have been having some success in Nashville, though it remains an uphill battle for both. Tickets to the show are $15.
Watch the official video for “Close Enough”:


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Website: www.jasonmichaelcarroll.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasonmichaelcarroll

Aug 212014
 

If there’s anybody finding new Louisville talent and offering a platform for it, it’s Crescent Hill Radio and the show hosts who seek out said talent. Over at “Homegrown Radio Hour” this week, a band called Approaching the Unreal played the show. Watch:


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