If you mix Zydeco with bluegrass, reggae and country rock, you could call it Americana – or maybe just Donna The Buffalo music, for a simpler handle. When you’ve been playing professionally for twenty years and have a following calling themselves The Herd, you have a lot of room to experiment, which is what DTB has done. As one of the founding and host bands for the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance (plus a couple of other festivals) in New York, they stay pretty busy, but not so busy that they can’t record – they have a new record, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, which they will be promoting at a show at Headliners on September 12. Louisville’s Vessel will open. Tickets are $20.
One of the unavoidable facts about trying to cover the Louisville music scene is that there are new groups and solo performers appearing constantly (sometimes with familiar players in them and sometimes not), in such numbers as to make a poor, miserable blogger more miserable. From the point of view of such artists, however, the challenge is get anybody to pay attention, which is both harder and easier than it used to be; harder, because the major media have limited space and easier because there are more music-related blogs and writers in town. Sigh.
Case in point is a quintet called The Moonlight Peddlers, who have a new CD as well as a video. They have gotten the attention of Laura Shine at WFPK and Michael Tierney at Louisville.com, who wrote a profile of the group. You can read it here.
Josh Rouse returns to Louisville after a three-year break, this time playing in Whitney Hall on June 12. Rouse, a standard in the AAA/Americana genre in public radio, has a new CD, The Happiness Waltz, to offer for your entertainment. Beginning in 1998 with Dressed Up Like Nebraska, he has managed to release a new project every couple of years. For this tour, he has left Spain, where he know resides and has a new family, to travel the US. You can check him out for only $20.
The best summary of Harpeth Rising, due into Uncle Slayton’s on June 7, is this one from SKYe magazine: “Think New Grass Revival Meets Fairport Convention.” Now those are some big boots to fill, if we only consider Sam Bush and Richard Thompson from those two groups. Three women and one man, all classically trained, perform with a banjo, viola and hand drums, which means their sound soars away from the bluegrass mold into an expanded Americana, with harmonies. Percussionist Chris Burgess is a native of Louisville but studied music at Indiana University, where the four met. Violinist Jordana Greenberg, though from Ontario, now lives in Bowling Green. Altogether, Harpeth Rising is drawing lots of attention. You can catch them is they rise for only $10.
Check them out here, playing
Also, playing “Norwegian Wood”:
Shannon Lawson will be a busy fellow this weekend: he’s fronting the Galoots at the 930 Listening Room (also playing:Relic, The 23 String Band, $15) for a 7:30 p.m., then he’s helping out with a cousin’s band, Judge Angus, at the Blue Mule in Jeffersontown later that night, at least if the Blue Mule’s manager is to be believed.
We’ll avoid the April Fool’s jokes, thanks, and just go with what’s happening. Over at Gannett®’s Louisville Profit Center, J. L. Puckett has a long write-up/interview with Cage The Elephant, the hot Bowling Green band playing a sold-out show at Headliners today. Joe Lord’s piece about Widespread Panic also ran in the GLPC today. Thomas Nord has a brief blurb and photo for the Pokey LaFarge and The South City Three show at Zanzabar on Saturday
The New York Times has a tour-the-city feature about the Derby City, called 36 hours in Louisville, which, in addition to all the usual attraction, plugs Louisville’s music scene. Brief but thank you very much, anyway. Mentioned are Will Oldham, Slint and My Morning Jacket (of course) plus Wax Fang, Cheyenne Mize, Seluah and Joe Manning.
MY subscription to Louisville Magazine is long expired, so I missed this story in the march issue about Ray Rizzo and the Motherlodge Festival at the Rudyard Kipling. It’s all over for this year, though.