Winter Wednesday: Charlie Mars, Alex Wright At Clifton Cultural Center

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Nov 082014

Charlie Mars and Alex Wright get the honors for the kickoff of WFPK’s 2014/2015 Winter Wednesday Series at the Clifton Cultural Center, on November 12. That must really mean it’s winter. Boo. Anyway, Mars is a Mississippi-born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, who has played Louisville once, per Laura Shine. He comes down in the same place as Jason Mraz and Josh Rouse, with a bit of soul/soft rock to his arrangements. His latest record is Blackberry Light. Alex Wright is a Louisvillian well-known to habitues of any of several venues along the Bardstown Road and/or Preston Street corridors. His most recent record is Starlight Navigator, co-prodcued with “space-folk” pioneer Jim White. This show is, of course, free.

Here’s Charlie Mars singing “The Money”:

Watch Alex Wright on “Great Day Live!:”





Waterfront Wednesday To Feature Shovels & Rope, Tim Easton And The Wild Feathers

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Aug 232014

The end of the summer is in sight, but there are still a couple more WFPK Waterfront Wednesdays to go before the cold shuts them down. For the August 27 edition, the folks at LPM have arranged for Shovels & Rope, Tim Easton And The Wild Feathers to come entertain you on the Waterfront. Shovels & Rope, which will hit the stage with a brand-new album, Swimmin’ Time, released the day before the show, has played all the cool places in the city, including last year’s Forecastle Fest, so they’re a big draw, with a fanbase. The Wild Feathers, who also played last year’s Forecastle Fest, as well as the recent Waterfront show featuring Willie Nelson and Allison Kraus, is still promoting their eponymous debut album, but with the company they’re keeping, they should be well on the way to another one. Singer-songwriter Tim Easton, who is living in Nashville and promoting his 2013 project, Not Cool, hasn’t been in town since 2008, so there should be some folks happy to see him return. Plainly, this is a show worth going to see, even if it cost, which it doesn’t, since it’s a free show. Wheeee!

Watch Shovels & Rope’s “The Devil Is All Around” from the new record:

Here’s The Wild Feathers singing Got It Wrong>

Video: The Setlist – In Lightning

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Jul 292014

WFPK’S Kyle Meredith chats with members of In Lightning for this edition of “The Setlist.” The group will play the Highlands Summer Concert Series at the patio party at Qdoba, 1500 Bardstown Road, on Friday, August 1 News, Weather

June Waterfront Wednesday: The Old 97 s, The Whigs, Dawn Landes

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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:

Spanish Gold On The Waterfront

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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: