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Sam Bush, Rhonda Vincent And Ricky Skaggs At Creekside Jam

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Jul 292014

Here’s a bluegrass show to stretch your budget: a fundraiser called Creekside Jam, at the Humana Grand Allee in Beckley Creek Park, featuring Sam Bush and Band, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage and Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. Good lord, you might gasp – how could that big a show be out in a park nobody knows about? But that’s just you, Bucky, not paying attention. It’s all part of the Parklands of Floyds Fork in eastern Jefferson County that’s been under construction for some time now. This show is for the Beckley Creek Park section and is expected to bring in some heavy hitters from around the metro. (They hired the heavy hitters for the bluegrass.) No need to detail the history and status of Bush, Vincent and Skaggs – if you don’t know, then this show is not likely to interest you. On August 1. Tickets are $55 adv/ $65 DoS.
Here’s Sam Bush’s set at the 2013 edition of ROMP:


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Creekside Jam, A Parklands Benefit To Feature Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush & Rhonda Vincent

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Jul 022014

Here’s a show for the well-off bluegrass fan – on August 1, Papa John’s Pizza will present the Creekside Jam, A Parklands Benefit, featuring Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Sam Bush and Rhonda Vincent. The show will happen at the Humana Grand Allee in Beckley Creek Park. Tickets for the event are $40 for Parklands members / $55 for non-members, $65 day of show general admission tickets and children under 10 will be admitted free with an adult paid admission. There were some VIP tickets but those are already sold out. Beckley Creek Park is near 1411 Beckley Creek Parkway. Best look it up on MapQuest if you’re planning to go and don’t already know where it is. Information about the park can be found at http://www.theparklands.org/Parks/Beckley-Creek-Park/8/Humana-Grand-Allee.

Alan Rhody Releases 9th CD

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Mar 042012

Alan Rhody

Louisville ex-pat Alan Rhody has released his ninth CD, Led By Love. Players on the disc include Sam Bush, Mike Henderson, Jay Patten, Guthrie Trapp, Vickie Carrico, Mike Bub and Jonell Mosser. Check it out at www.reverbnation.com/alanrhodymusic

CD Release: Alan Rhody To Release Led By Love October 29

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Oct 212011

Nashville resident and Louisville native Alan Rhody is set to release his latest project, Led By Love, on October 29. The title tune was co-written by Rhody and the late Tim Krekel; the CD features Sam Bush; Mike Henderson (Steel Drivers/Mark Knopfler); Guthrie Trapp, Jonell Mosser, Crystal Gayle and Jay Patten, saxophone. Rhody will be playing songs from the project at ear X-tacy Records, beginning at 3 p.m. on October 29. He also will be on WFPK earlier that same day, talking about the project.

Why Are The Monarchs Not In The Kentucky Music Hall Of Fame

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May 102011

The Monarchs

Bill Grubb at http://louisvillemusicicians.blogspot.com/ raises the entirely legitimate question: Why are the Monarchs not in the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame? The easy answer is that the Museum and its board are very, very heavily weighted toward country, bluegrass and gospel. Their website admits as much: “While the various branches of country music take center stage here at the museum, all forms of Kentucky music are honored. From the unadorned and untrained mountain music performed on front porches to the refined and ever-expanding boundaries of today’s sounds.”
They do have a “Waiting List” - “The museum includes exhibit cases for instruments, artifacts, costumes and memorabilia. A “Wall of Stars” and a “Kentucky Home Place” map honor the hundreds of Kentucky stars and entertainers who have not yet been inducted into the “Hall of Fame”.

Grubb encourages everyone who has an interest to contact the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame at info@kentuckymusicmuseum.com.

Here are the inductees to date (note the very few – two or three, counting Loveless – from Louisville):

For 2011
Keith Whitley

Patty Loveless

Steve Wariner

John Michael Montgomery

The 2008 Induction Class:

1) Les McCann

2) Crystal Gayle

3) Florence Henderson

4) Norro Wilson

5) Dwight Yoakam

The 2006 Induction Class:

1) John Conlee

2) Sam Bush

3) Wynonna & Noami Judd

4) John Jacob Niles

5) Todd Duncan (opera)

6) Mary Travers

7) Dottie Rambo

8) Lionel Hampton
The 2004 Induction Class:

1) The Coon Creek Girls

2) Billy Vaughn

3) J.D. Crowe

4) Vestal and Howard Goodman

5) Jerry Chesnut

6) Boots Randolph

7) Ricky Skaggs

The 2002 Induction Class:

1) Rosemary Clooney ( Open / Variety )

2) Everly Brothers ( Open / Rock-n-Roll )

3) Red Foley ( Country )

4) Tom T. Hall ( Country / Bluegrass )

5) Grandpa Jones ( Open / Comedy )

6) Bradley Kincaid ( Country / Bluegrass )

7) John Lair ( Country / Bluegrass & Open Non-Performer )

8) Loretta Lynn ( Country )

9) Bill Monroe ( Bluegrass )

10) The Osborne Brothers ( Bluegrass )

11) Jean Ritchie ( Folk )

12) Merle Travis ( Country )

Inaugural Inductees:

Lionel Hampton

H. Russell Farmer (KET)

Woodsongs Finally “Poked”

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Apr 242011

This morning, we turn the Editor’s Blog duties over to Leslie T. Blakley for a review of the Pokey LaFarge appearance on “Woodsongs”

Woodsongs Finally “Poked”

Three albums, an accompanying backing band, a couple European tours, and a performance at the Newport Folk Festival later, one-time Louisvillian and old-timey/ragtime troubadour Pokey LaFarge, with The South City Three, has finally graced the stage at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington for a taping of Woodsongs (www.woodsongs.com). The band is promoting their new Jack White-produced 45 (vinyl) including a Pokey original “Pack It Up,” with an album, Middle of Everywhere, to follow this summer.

Woodsongs is an eleven-year-old all-volunteer television/radio/internet program that showcases great music and artists. As founder Michael Johnathon puts it: “You don’t have to be famous to be on Woodsongs. You just have to be very, very good.” Seen on television, the room is a deceptively large theater; in person, it’s a nice intimate venue, and one worth making a pilgrimage to for quality music.

LaFarge, acoustic guitar in tow, shared the bill with Sierra Hull and Highway 111, with the evening alternating between the two. Hull’s previous Woodsongs appearance – as a kid – was with Sam Bush. Now 19, Hull has released her new album Daybreak. Backed by upright bass, fiddle, two acoustic guitars and her own mandolin, Hull delivered bluegrass-folky songs, including “Easy Come, Easy Go,” a brisk, lively, foot-tapping instrumental “Bombshell,” the slow but pretty title cut, and an up-tempo tune “What Do You Say?” with Hull smokin’ on mandolin. A very talented, charming young woman.

Pokey and the boys kicked off their segment with the chorus-catchy “La La Blues” from Riverboat Soul, with Ryan Koenig playing one hot harmonica. Still the consummate performer, Pokey’s alto-tenor voice was loud, strong, passionate and dynamic. However, the sound in general seemed muted but clear, perhaps due to it being mixed for broadcasting. In between numbers, Pokey discussed his grandfathers’ influence on his musical tastes, the personal importance of “Folk Singer” by Muddy Waters, his affinity for old clothes, watered-down modern music, and spoke lovingly of Kentucky as “the most beautiful state in the Union” in which he “spent some of the best years of [his] life . .. ..” They also performed “Pack It Up” with a punchy opening riff and some nice intricate lead work on guitar by Adam Hoskins. “Feel So Good,” from the upcoming album, showcased their fantastic skills on their respective instruments. On “Head to Toe,” also from the forthcoming release, the limelight landed upon Koenig and his amazing “acoustromaphonic”: washboard festooned with bell, plates, etc., that the audience enjoyed. Heads were bobbing, no doubt fingers and toes tapping as well; it would be unnatural and a total abomination otherwise. Many times the audience erupted into excited clapping, rending the applause sign hanging high above the stage unnecessary.

During an encore, Hull and Highway 111 performed “Best Buy.” Then Pokey and company finished the evening with “Move Out of Town,” a tremendous, playful and short jam featuring outstanding bass work from Joey Glynn, a copy-cat game between Koenig on harmonica and Hoskins on guitar plus some slide work, amounting to a musical foosball match. The show ended with powerful applause, proving that their musical genre is not far removed from present times: people clapping and hollering the way they must have done seventy-plus years ago when they heard the same kind of music.

It’s been inspiring watching the ascending career of this young, handsome, acoustic quartet imbued with the spirit of danceable, joyful, foot-stomp-inducing, trouble-slaying ragtime, blues, and old-timey music merrymaking. They continue rescuing and keeping alive Americana/roots style from the music business trash compactor that is corporate radio and American Idol schlock. They do their idols, the originators of American music, proud.

Upcoming Shows You Might Not Have Heard About

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Aug 062010

Trying to keep up with all the shows coming through town is getting harder by the day. Still, here are a few that you might find interesting:
Gordon Lightfoot, Oct. 16, Palace (No, he didn’t die from that aneurysm.)
John Prine, Oct 22, Palace
Styx, November 7, Palace
Sam Bush, October 9, Vernon Club (Tim Krekel Memorial)
Kim Richey, October 23, Vernon Club
Sara Bareilles, November 6, Bomhard
That’s just a sampler.