The Bottom Sop played Crescent Hill Radio’s Trolley Hop Series on Friday, May 30. Watch the vids:
This isn’t a Waterfront Wednesday show, unfortunately, this one is a pay-for-it show, but, hey, it’s Willie Freaking Nelson, the genuine musical legend himself, along with the altogether amazing Alison Krauss And Union Station with Jerry Douglas, the fabulous bluegrass singer-songwriter and champion fiddler and her band, a headlining act itself. The Wild Feathers are an up-and-coming Americana band from Nashville that puts this (uncredited) summary on their Facebook page: “They’re like if Led Zeppelin & The Band had a baby in Joshua Tree that grew up listening to Ryan Adams covering the Stones 70’s country influenced songs.” Let’s cut to the chase: this is a show for acoustic music fans who like country and bluegrass and all of whom already know these performers and are aware of this show, set for June 6. You either have your tickets already or are just procrastinating in the matter. They are fairly steep for a Waterfront show at $55 adv/ $65 Dos but, hey, it’s Willie Freaking Nelson and Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas.
Watch the music video for “Blue Eyes Cryin In The Rain”:
Watch Alison Krauss & Union Station live at a show in Murray, KY last week:
While it often seems that Louisville only ever gets slightly-past-their-prime and/or nostalgia country acts (See: Kentucky State Fair) or monster pop-country tours with hundred-dollar plus tickets, the show at the Mercury Ballroom on May 14 puts the lie to all that, with an appearance by country singer David Nail, with a tour he’s called The Country Deep Tour. Nail is three albums deep into his country career, with only a single No. 1 hit, “Let It Rain,” from his 2012 record, The Sound Of A Million Dreams, on his brag sheet. Heck, he hasn’t even won any of the multitudinous awards that are handed out by the bushel in Nashville these days, but give him time. “Whatever She’s Got,” from his new album, I’m A Fire, hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart back in February, so things are looking up. Best catch him while you can for only $24; soon enough, he’ll be playing Freedom Hall at $74.50 a pop. Sam Hunt will open.
Here’s an acoustic version of “Kiss You Tonight” from I’m A Fire:
The marketing tool called “American Idol” has proven to be one of the industry’s more fruitful ideas for generating fans for new talent. Case in point, the headliner for the Kroger Fest-A-Ville Derby Eve show, Scotty McCreery, who climbed to the top of the tenth season of Idol in 2011. His debut album, Clear As Day, was certified platinum and generated a couple of top 20 country songs, “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble Wit Girls.” He’s currently promoting his 2013 release, “See You Tonight,” the title tune from which was his first top 10 tune. He has also scored several awards from the country organizations running those awards. Also on the bill is Steve Holy, who has put fifteen singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, include the #1 hits “Good Morning Beautiful” and “Brand New Girlfriend.” The third act is Cassadee Pope, who won the third season of “The Voice.” Her debut solo country album, Frame By Frame, hit No. 1 on the Top Country Albums charts. Tickets are $32.50.
Here’s “See You Tonight”:
US Country chart and #2 on the Billboard 200. His No. 1 hit singles include “Small Town USA”, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” and “Till My Last Day,” so he’s got staying power. Maybe his next stop will be headlining a tour at the Yum! Center. Tickets for the show on the 19th are $42.50 and $47.50.
Here’s “Lettin’ The Night Roll” from his latest album:
LMN’s News From The Pit columnist Eddy Metal was very dismissive about Aaron Lewis’s Aril 17 at the Mercury Ballroom, saying that all he does now is “whiny country s**t.” Such is the fate of a musician who changes genre as radically as Lewis has, going from the nu metal of Staind to a solo country career. His single “Country Boy,” (with help from George Jones and Charlie Daniels), was his biggest country hit, expressing his Republican political opinions as well as musical choices. Given that it’s billed as a solo show, expect the country side. Tickets are $30.
Here’s the official video for “Country Boy”: