Jun 212014

“... The Old 97’s, the Dallas bar band who played a starring role in the ‘90s “alt-country” boom, didn’t die before they got old. Or, well, before they got middle-aged. On the first song from the new album Most Messed Up, the 43-year-old Rhett Miller sings about how his band stuck together “for longer than you’ve been alive”—you being the hypothetical teenage rock fan. —Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic
“For their fifth album, the Athens-bred/Nashville-based power trio the Whigs wanted to find the exact midpoint between raw and rehearsed. After more than a decade together – during which they’ve released four critically lauded studio albums and toured constantly as either headliners or openers for the likes of the Drive-By Truckers, Kings of Leon, and MGMT - the three members all agreed that they wanted to flex their muscles a bit: write some good songs, get them down as tight as possible, hit , and tear shit up. —North Star”
“The precise difference between Dawn Landes and her talented sisters eludes me, but there is a difference. And I know it because songs I dismissed as merely pleasant had an odd way of insinuating themselves into my day. And not just one. Three or four. There’s something she does that involves a secret sauce…”—Jesse Kornbluth, Huffington Post
Oh, boy, the Waterfront Wednesday show for June is good ‘un; it’ll feature The Old 97s, The Whigs and Louisville native Dawn Landes. Dallas-based The Old 97’s is an alternative country band which started back in 1993. Since then, they have ten studio albums, two full extended plays, shared split duty on another and have one live album. Their most recent release is Most Messed Up. They’ve been making rock ‘n roll long enough to rock out in their sleep and have a fan base here, with six shows in the last five years in the Derby City. The Whigs, on the other hand, have played a baker’s dozen shows in Louisville since 2007, making them the most popular of the three acts? Maybe. Then there’s Dawn Landes, who hasn’t been here since 2011. Currently living in New York, Landes has a new album, Bluebird, which has been described as a break-up record, as it follows here divorce from Josh Ritter. All that talent for free on the Big Four Lawn, Waterfront Park, on June 25. Ain’t Louisville a great place to live?


Watch “Most Messed Up” from the Old 97’s:



Watch the official video for “Hit Me,” produced, directed and edited by Wax Fang’s Scott Carney:



Watch Dawn Landes’ “Bluebird” featuring Storyboard P:


May 242014

My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan and his new band, Spanish Gold, get the headlining spot for WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday show on May 28. The upside for Hallahan is that membership in MMJ (and the associated fan base) will transfer to his new band, at least for this show, but there’s a bit of downside as well: the band’s first album, South Of Nowhere, has only just dropped and the all tunes the band will be playing will be relatively new to the Louisville audience, though some will be a bit familiar via WFPK. Word is that it’s a straight-ahead summer rock album and with a couple of Texans for bandmates, the flavoring should be quite different from MMJ. Also on the bill are The Broken Spurs and Peter Searcy’s reunited Starbilly, which will make it absolutely a roots rock ‘n’ roll show, which is not your routine FPK lineup. Wear your dancing shoe, to be sure. It’s a free show, of course.

Here’s “Out On The Street,” from the new record:



Feb 152014

Bob Schneider
The Watson Twins
WFPK’s final Winter Wednesday show for this season will feature Bob Schneider and The Watson Twins. at the Clifton Cultural Center on February 19. Schneider, who lives in Bee Cave, Texas, and gigs around Austin a ton, where he is quite the favorite son, having won a string “Bests” going back to 1999,has a new CD, Burden Of Proof, from which he is sure to play songs.  he  If he follows his usual practice, the show will also be recorded and offered for sale. The Watson Twins, who are former Louisvillians  now living on the West Coast, also have a new CD, Pioneer Lane, which means that fans at this show will be hearing lots of new music. It’s a free show, with WFPK members getting preferred seating.

Here’s the official video for “Swimming In The Sea,” from Burden Of Proof

Listen toi the Watson Twins sings “Only You” :

Feb 112014

David Dye of NPR’s World Cafe will partner up with Louisville Public Media’s WFPK for A Sense Of Place, highlighting various aspects of the Louisville music, past and present, as noted by LPM on-air personalities. Notes Dye “”From the city’s great musical ambassadors,My Morning Jacket, and from my many visits there I knew that some great music has come out of Louisville. I discovered so much more thanks to the folks at WFPK. This is going to be a super show.” It broadcast will be on Thursday, February 20, during the World Cafe segment.

Jan 212014

Super Bowl Shuffle Redux
Here’s the story via Pitchfork: “Sean Cannon of WFPK’s After Dark has released the most epic cover the 1985 Chicago Bears recording, “The Super Bowl Shuffle.” Featuring Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), Tim Harrington (of Les Savy Fav), Tom Scharpling (of The Best Show), Internet cat celebrity, Lil Bub, wrestler Colt Cabana, John Roderick (of The Long Winters), and comedians David Wain, Scott Aukerman (of Comedy Bang! Bang!), Kyle Kinane and Dave Hill, Cannon spent months preparing his all-star version of the song to help his favorite charity, Reading Is Fundamental.” There’s a really long story to go with.