May 052014

I needed to get out to see this show bad. I was craving some new music to review/look into/discover and this was just what the doctor ordered, literally. I almost did not go because I wasn’t feeling so great, but I toughed it out for the sake of you readers and a press request that I had made months earlier. I got the approval to review Volbeat/Trivium at the last minute, so I had to hurry up and get my stuff together fast. I love the Palace, and I love getting to see tons of friends every time I go there. And The Palace has always treated us here at LMN very well. So thanks to those guys! It’s my favorite Louisville venue to see a show at, by far.

First up was Trivium, a young melodic metalcore band from Orlando, Florida that I first saw many many years ago at the old Jillian’s. I met them and they were one of the coolest bands I’ve met. Real nice young guys. Well, those younguns have come a long way since then. Now they are crushing and shredding beyond belief. I have one of their newer albums and it slams! Their talents have really matured and the guitar playing and songwriting have come a long way. The music is more complex and layered. Their sound was tight, heavy and sounded really good through the house PA. Vocalist Matt Heafy sounded a bit dry, considering the music he was playing. Some deeper vocal effect would have gone well with that style of music, but he didn’t use much effects on his voice. The guy sings and shreds (on lead too) on guitar at the same time, so I’m still impressed. But I think he should get another guitarist so he can focus more on vocals. I wasn’t very impressed with the singing aspect of their show. The music, however, was pummeling, but still melodic and catchy. Lead guitarist Corey Boulieu is a beast on guitar. I love his creative lead solos (during the vocals) that accompany the rhythm guitar. Very melodic and heavy all at once. Never let it said that music has to be non melodic to be considered heavy. His solo is “In Waves” is sick. I really like his Middle Eastern/trippy feeling riffage that he does some of the time in his soloing. The guy has some serious chops, mucho feeling in his playing, and his amp tone was nice and chunky with the perfect amount of effect. No complaints on the drumming or bass playing. Bassist Paolo Gregoletto’s bass tone was crushing. Meaty and punchy. All were right on the money. I heard no meaningful mistakes. I don’t know their song titles or music, so I’m not able to tell you which songs they played. Luckily Mark Doss, my friend and a fan of Trivium, was there to help me out by telling me what songs they played! Thanks Mark. According to Mark, the band played their popular tunes: “Brave The Storm,” “Strife,” “Through Blood And Dirt And Bone,” “And Like Light To The Fires,” “Dying In Your Arms,” “Down From The Sky,” and “In Waves. “

The intricate and super-fast, muted picking that Trivium does is impressive. It’s crisp and tight as phuck.

Modern sounding and yet still very much metal. Nu metal? I dunno about that. As a guitarist myself, I heard some old-school influences here and there quite frequently in this music. Some serious Iron Maiden influences too, especially in “Dying In Your Arms. ” Almost like a young American version of Maiden without Dickinson. And I love Iron Maiden, so I enjoyed watching these guys kick some butt. But there seemed something missing in the overall performance. It was definitely in the vocals. Maybe not enough actual singing? Maybe the vocals were too dry? Maybe it was dude’s voice in general. With music that good and melodic, I was maybe expecting more old-school type vocals? I think that is what it was. Their music almost demands more of an old-school vocal sound. Regardless of the slightly subpar vocals, Trivium’s sound was awesome, and I enjoyed hearing this young band once again! Hail, Trivium!

Volbeat was up next. What can you say about a band from Denmark who came outta nowhere and has kicked some serious butt in so short a time? Not to mention the guy who discovered them, Scott Frasier, is a Louisville native. Well, it makes for an interesting story of success. Vocalist/guitarist Michael Poulson is a genius and quite a performer as he rips it up on his Custom Gibson SGs. The man has created something different and profited hugely off of it. The style of music he has come up with is rock, thrash, punk, metal, rockabilly, alternative, all thrown in with a healthy dash or two of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, all mixed into one big-ass crockpot of musical jams. It’s Metallica meets Elvis, meets Johnny Cash, meets Brooklyn hardcore band Life Of Agony, meets the Swedish Chef. I have noticed that Michael Poulson’s vocal style closely resembles that of Nineties hardcore band Life Of Agony’s singer Keth Caputo, now known as Miss Mina Caputo. I don’t know if dude was snipped or what, but he is now a she. Poulson really sounds like Caputo! Especially on the LOA song “Through And Through. ” Is this the vocal influence Poulson adapted his style from? Damn I’m good!

Guitarist Rob Caggiano, freshly recruited from metal legends Anthrax, seems to fit the bill perfectly. Dude is a wicked guitarist, but it was kind of weird seeing him play much easier riffs with Volbeat than what he was used to in Anthrax. Some of the Volbeat guitar rhythms were very easy to play, I thought. but Rob’s leadwork wasn’t so easy at all. It is the one instrument that really soars in this band, other than Poulson’s powerful vocals. I have to admit, Michael Poulson’s vocals were awesome. The guy sounded better live than on his recordings, and as a music critic, one does not find that very often. He projects his voice in a way that is majestic and uplifting. And he does all of this while playing guitar at the same time. And strangely, he doesn’t lose power in his vocals by concentrating on guitar riffs. He balances concentration between both chores very well in my opinion. As good as Chris Cornell does!

While I’m not a big Volbeat fan, I do admire what they have accomplished, and I like a few of their songs. Bassist Anders Kjolholm was all over the place and I couldn’t even get a picture out of the guy because he was non-stop. He had killer bass tone, too. I liked the way the guitarist/bassist did the backup vocals as well. Sounded great! Drummer Jon Larsen was quite good, as you would expect him to be.

The stage show was pretty basic, nothing fancy, just good music and some decent lighting. No gimmicks or monsters running around on stage. The band sounded great. Very tight as a unit. And the vocals soared this night for Volbeat. The crowd seemed to eat it up, every song! The band kicked offf with “Doc Holliday,” “Radio Girl,” “Lola Montez,” “Heaven Nor Hell,” “Fallen,” “Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood,” “Maybellene/hofteholder” (complete with acoustic guitar intro), “Still Counting. “

The last few songs were “Pool of Booze, Booze, Booza,” “The Hangmans Body Count” (probably my favorite. I hummed that riff half the night after we left!) and “The Human Instrument/Warriors Call”. The crowd went nuts over every song. Volbeat could have pooted on the mic and the crowd would have yelled “Yeeeeaaaahhhh!” Ha! Speaking of pooting.

The night was marred by some person in front of me and my date who was crop dusting the most horrendous farts known to mankind. Worse than Egg McMuffin farts. And no, the smeller was not the feller! Ha. My nosehairs shriveled, and I almost melted as if Pepe LePew walked by! Unfortunately we never indentified the anonymous farter (lucky for them). I think this was Karma for what happened at Flaw (Read Flaw Review Below) a few nights earlier. Ha.

Earlier in the night I saw Volbeat manager and longtime friend Scott Frazier in the crowd with his children. He came up to me and we chatted for a few, and I congratulated him on his success these last 5 years or so. It was so cool seeing Scott up there with his very excited kids, who later on, got to go onstage with Volbeat for a song or two. Scott looked real happy to be there at Louisville Palace with his band headlining. He was smiling from ear to ear and was very friendly. Some people talk shit about Scott (fargin bitch ass haters), but he’s always been cool to me. He was very down to earth and humble despite the success he’s had recently. It’s awesome that a fellow Louisvillian has done so good on the world stage. Congrats bro!

Anyways, it was a great show of new music! The band played a good long set to an enthused crowd of rockers that had the Louisville Palace filled to about 90% capacity., I’m thinking. Some douche recently said I don’t cover enough new music, so this one is for you a-hole!

Jan 032014

Centerfold is back and is serious about kicking some butt. They absolutely tore it up playing at my Rock For Kosair show in November. Thanks for helping the kids at Kosair guys! You guys rocked. And they had a huge show on New Years Eve at Diamond Pub with Flaw, so things are definitely in high gear for a band just getting back in the groove of things. The guys just recorded a song at Earlygrayce Studios with Jordan Haynes (the same place my band just recorded). “One Way Out” is a modern endeavor with super-cool sounding guitars that are complex and vocals that are melodic and well done. It’s hard to describe the musical category that this song belongs in. Progressive rock? Modern rock? Melodic rock? They don’t really sound like anyone that I can think of, and that’s good. I really like the use of effects on the guitars. Nice! I like Bobby Naelitz’s guitar style, riff writing abilities, and lead guitar work. Dude was shredding at RFK. Some schorching leads! The vocals of John Hager are quite good. I like that he actually sings. The song starts a bit slow but kicks more butt as it progresses. Rich Brown and Bobby Naelitz work very well together as a team and together are a formidible duo. Excellent musicianship and very complex and well thought out songwriting. This is no simple three-chord ca ca that a lot of bands do. These guys put a lot of time and effort into their music and it shows in this recording and in live performances. The sound quality of this recording is badass. No complaints here. My band was in the same studio almost at the same time that these guys were recording. Both our recordings sound pretty darn good if you ask me! But thats Jordan Haynes for ya.

Jan 022014

Impressive! After a period of inactivity, 16 bones is back with some recorded tracks that have been redone and improved upon. I’m sitting here listening to “Dust Them Bones” and I’m digging the changes they made to the song. It sounds like they added some electric and stringed orchestral instruments to great effect. It gives the song a twangy outlaw sound that reminds me of some old Western movie where an outlaw walks into town to face the sheriff in a showdown. This would be good music for some Western movie! The vocals of David “Sailor” Bryant and Bryan Fox work very well together. Great harmonies. I like the leads on the track, too. This sounds great! You can tell they spent a good time in the studio to do this. I’m really digging the guitar tones, too. “Way Back Home” has some beautiful acoustic tones starting out, and the added effects really make the song come to life. If I did some acoustic stuff in the studio, this is how I would want it to sound. Sailor has a great lower voice. I can see why he loves the 16 Bones music so much, his voice works very well with the music. It’s just so weird hearing him do lighter, soulful stuff when I’ve been used to hearing Sailor’s heavy metal side for so long. It turns out that the band recorded all these tracks in Bryan Fox’s home studio! It sounds awesome. Really good production. I might have to beg Bryan to record some of my acoustic stuff. Bryan wasn’t involved with previous 16 Bones recordings, but this time around, he had a big hand in making things better and it does sound fuller and deeper. In addition to singing harmonies, Bryan Fox played mandolin, electric guitars, Dobro, hand percussion, keys, and he mixed, editied and recorded all these himself. I admit I like these recordings much better than the ones before. All the extra instruments and stuff mixed in makes for a more interesting listen. They used some seasoned Louisville musicains for this recording as well, including bassists Chip Adams and Frank Green (both whom are ridiculously awesome players), and drummer Ryan Murphy. The electric solo in “Way Back Home” is a soulful riff for the song, but it sounds a bit dry to my tastes. A lillte reverb would have been sweet. Maybe an echo or short delay too? “Travesty” sounds different. I like this. I’m not sure if I’ve heard this one before. It sounds different from the others. I’m trying to figure out what that instrument is in the background. A mandolin? I’m thinking. It is! Whatever, it is it sounds awesome! It seems Bryan Fox can play whatever instrument you put in front of him. Chances are you could put a never-before-seen instrument from a tiny island across the world in front of Bryan and he’d start wailing on it. Nice lyrics by Sailor. The guy always writes some good stuff, whether it be brutal metal or laid-back acoustic rock. This is some very different music for this region. I got to hand it to the guys in 16 Bones for being original and not following trends or musical styles poplular in today’s music. Thank god!

It’s so Western sounding I can almost hear the high female voices that most always accompany those old spaghetti Westerns like in “The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly.”

“Weary Bones” is a heavier track, and another song that sounds like it should be on a violent Quentin Tarantino Western. They should send him these tracks for consideration. The guitar solo is über-twangy and perfect for the song! Nice. The sound 16 Bones has come up with this go-around is epic and downright talented. Good playing, good songwriting, good vocals, you can’t ask for more really. I can really see this music on a movie soundtrack or something. The Louisville musicians in 16 Bones have come a long way and this new recording is proof of that. They have built upon something that was already good to begin with, by adding mandolin and all those other goodies to the mix. There is still some mixing and editing to do, Bryan Fox says, but it sounds good to go to me.

Dec 062013

I love these southern Kentucky/Cave City/Glasgow guys. I’ve known Andrew and Stephen since 1995 (and played many a great show with those fargers), and it’s great to see them back in action and in two bands, no less! They got the Luther reunion going on, and another project called Old School Mining Company that rocks. For those of you who don’t know or weren’t around, Stephen and Andrew were in a band called Luther in the mid- to late- Nineties. Luther was an odd mixture of redneck rock/metal, and Seventies rock combined to powerful effect. They had a good following and had many a great show. On to the new project, though!

I’m about to listen to the Old School Mining Company demo. On this project, they have singer Stephen Cleveland on guitar as well as vocals. Hell, I didn’t even know he played guitar. I recently saw them for the first time in this project and it was rockin’. I hadn’t seen the guys play in many years! This music is similar to Luther, with the redneck, raspy, awesome vocals of Cleveland. And Andrew is one badass on bass guitar. There is something special about these guys. Somehow they come up with some serious grooves and soul in their music. It was like that with Luther, and now its that way with Old School Mining Company. Cleveland isn’t a guitar showoff, but he gets the job done just fine, all the while singing at the same time. I’ve always loved his voice, and the melodies he comes up with. I’m an old Luther fan from way back! I’m listening to “Nipper” and the guitar tone is kinda grungy in a Luther sorta way. Cleveland is in fine vocal form these days, sounding like Lee Dorian of Cathedral on this track. It’s straightforward rock/metal with no frills or ridiculous guitar sweeping that so many death metal bands overdo nowadays. “Move Me” is a bit more up tempo and reminds me a little of Rob Zombie somehow, only much better vocals. The lyrics of Cleveland have always been a good thing as well. I would have liked to have heard a few more guitar changes and solos, or maybe a breakdown, but its fine the way it is really. “Toohey Ridge” is a bit more redneck and groovin’ as they show their southern Kentucky roots. Stephen Cleveland’s growling, redneck vocals and syllable placements are so cool. Imaginative and creative. Dude is like Jim Morrison meets Lee Dorian meets Rob Zombie meets Danzig. But from the hills of Kentucky! It’s quite a compliment, vocally.

This music is more straight forward than Luther and a bit more laid-back it seems, but the skills are there, and it may take a little time to get the ball rolling on this project, because they don’t play out as much. I suggest adding a smokin’, bluesy, lead guitarist, add some wicked breakdowns and make the songs a bit more diverse. Maybe I’m still hung up on former and late Luther guitarist Tommy Yates’ crazy guitar style. That guy is hard to forget even after all these years. The guy would get beyond drunk and still play awesomely! The way he got that wild, whacked out badass feedback out of his old ancient tube amp was crazy. But dude was one of a kind. I miss Tommy. But Luther has a great guitarist in Jason Williams, so that’s a good thing. Either way, check out Andrew and Stephen’s bands, Old School Mining Company and Luther! You can thank me later!

Dec 042013

Wow, what a fun night! Congrats to 93. 1 The Fox and all the good guys there for a wonderful night of Louisville music. It was an old-school show from hell, and I loved it. I saw so many people I knew that I hadn’t seen for a long time. This show was even more packed than my Rock For Kosair show! And that hasn’t happened for several years.

We got there in time to see long time metal veterans Incursion (who have almost been playing Louisville’s scene as long as me! It’s close!) let loose on some brutal, severely down-tuned riffage. Incursion killed as they tore into some of their tunes of the distant past. The sound was pounding and the screams of Van Avery were piercing. That guy can scream really well. I’m usually not into screaming all the time, but for this type of music, Stem and Van work very well together vocally. They had Gezuz on bass, but other than that it was an all original lineup. Those guys don’t play out much anymore, but when they do, apparently they really rip it up. It was good to see such a heavy band on a Gobblestock bill. They sounded pretty darn tight to me, even though they only had one guitarist this time around, Jeremy Roberts. No problems this night though, and while in the past, Incursion has had tuning problems, everything was right on the money this Thanksgiving night. The low tuning and fat PA system made for a thunderous sound in the saloon. It was good to see Nik Houpt kicking butt on the drums again, too! That dude is a beast.

Next up was old school rockers Primer 55. I remember being the first DJ to play Primer 55 on The Fox! This version of Primer 55 is a far cry of the old Primer from back in 1997. The Primer 55 from way back when, was my favorite Primer 55. Guitarist and Primer 55 founder Bobby Burns went on to some fame as bassist for Soulfly, touring the world and seeing things not many musicians get to see. It’s great that our native Kentucky boy has done some great things. The new Primer 55 rocks, too, mind you, but its so different from the old Primer, it almost shouldn’t be called Primer 55. It’s like a whole other sound. Bobby grew up in Kentucky, has lived in Tennessee and now resides in Atlanta. The new Primer features Bobby on vocals as well as guitar. He said he has had trouble with singers, so he decided to do both and get rid of all the drama! That is one tall order. To play and sing at the same time. I have so much respect for Bobby to be able to pull that off. The new stuff is a mixture of hardcore heavy/almost punk to radio-friendly rock. It’s pretty diverse and mixes things up well. Bobby’s voice is great on the heavy stuff, but being occupied with guitar duties may take a little off of the clean singing parts. And he could have used some more vocal effects on the singing parts of this set. His vocals were very dry on this set. Effects would have really set off the vocals on the singing parts! Bobby is one down-to-earth guy and it was so great to see him tearing it up here in Louisville once again. Primer 55 may not sound like the old version of Primer 55, but they are still a very formidable band to contend with! And the new sound will appeal to people who like the heavier music. I talked to Bobby and he said they were heading up north to Fort Wayne after Gobblestock. I wish the best of luck to Primer 55 on their tour!

Next up was Louisville’s own Flaw. I have to be honest with you, with the addiction problems that plagued the band, I never thought these guys would get back together with the original lineup, but it has happened. And they sounded fantastic at Gobblestock. Out of all the Louisville bands that have been signed, I like Flaw the best. The excellent vocals, the rich, textured melodic guitar duo parts, the sweet background vocals and basswork of Ryan Jurhs, the modern drumming of Chris Ballinger, the charisma of Jay Daunt. Flaw is back, and sober! And that, my friends, is a powerful thing indeed. I’ve known these guys forever it seems, especially Lance and Chris from Shapeless Matrix days! The crowd for Flaw was awesome! The Flaw fans were there for the guys and it must have felt great to be Flaw to come back like this, to so many caring and supportive friends in attendance, singing the songs and having a ball. Chris Vols sounded great this night, and didn’t miss a beat. He might have been a tad rusty but it really did not show. He hit the notes and had good range. I really love this guy’s voice, especially in his song “My Letter.” Flaw played a bunch of their classics like “Payback, " “Only The Strong Survive, " “My Letter, " “Whole” and two new songs that rocked, one was very heavy, and the other, “Do You Remember, ” was a very good slower, more commercial song and probably will be their first single they will release of the new stuff, I’m betting. The band had to cram in some practices at the last minute to be able to play Gobblestock on such short notice, but they pulled it off without a glitch. The crowd was very happy to have their favorite Louisville band back in action, and having all original members back – and sober – made a huge difference. Everyone got along and it showed. It was so cool to see so many old friends from the scene of old. Some of these folks never come out anymore because of kids, family, work, getting old, so it was a real treat.

Nov 102013

I’m sitting here listening to my first dose of Louevil’s Hellfire Militia and this stuff is brutal to the extreme. These guys are from very experienced metal bands in our city’s history, like My Own Victim, Snake Eyed Savior, Kallus, Caldera, Graveflower and Ky Deathwish. I’ve learned that any band guitarist Jeff Toy is in is gonna rock Dude is a riff machine with feet. It’s uncanny. He cranks out good riff after good riff in each band he is playing in. This newer band is killing it! Hellfire Militia is JD Hall on brutal screams and growls, Jeff Toy on mean, angry guitar, Todd Conn on the thunderous bass, and Jason Proctor on the dead animal skins. The song is called “Blacken The Sky.” The music is all-out heaviness with no compromise, but there is some nice groove going on with the music, so those of you who do not like some of the heavier death metal stuff could still like this music. It’s thrashy, old-school crunchy metal with a hardcore twist. It’s kinda hard to not like these riffs if you like metal music. These guys are some of my favorite metal players in Louisville. It doesn’t get much better than this, skillwise. Although the extremely brutal vocals personally don’t do it for me (I’m a wuss, I reckon, I like both singing and screaming in my metal. I’m a King Diamond fan, for god’s sake!), I’m sure metal fans will love what JD does with the crazy vocals. I do dig the music big-time though. The quality of this recording is awesome, too. I commend Lot 49 Studios for the quality of this recording. I might have to look into recording with my band Krosjoint there, if prices are decent. I’m planning on doing some shows with these guys real soon, so I’ll let you know something when it’s confirmed, which shouldn’t be long.

Check out this video from back in May:

Nov 092013

I recently got to see a hardcore/grindcore or deathcore band (some kind of metalcore) that I hadn’t seen before and, boy, was I impressed. The band is Louisville’s Littledidweknow, and do these five guys play some wild and crazy music. I am a metalhead through and through, but this is some modern molten metal if I’ve ever heard some! The music is very technical and brutal. Blistering, really. The band is like “Star Trek,” they boldly go where no one has gone. The guitar skills of Mike Kruse and Brent Allen are all over the place. It’s some very technical stuff that I wouldn’t even want to try to learn, because it would be a bitch to do so! Low, down-tuned crisp riffage with tons of crunch make this enjoyable to watch. Those guys make the guitars their bitch. Bassist Evan Fowler was off the hook and has some excellent chops and bass tone going on. It’s easy to see the guy is a pro. The drumming was sick as well. The vocals of Kelly “Sully” Sullivan are perfect if you are into the whole grindcore brutal vocals thing. The guy can scream like a banshee on her period. This band’s music changes a lot and you rarely hear the same riff twice; instead. it’s more of a roller coaster ride through hell and back all the while observing all the demons in their natural habitat. Littledidweknow is madness personified. And if you like bands like The Faceless, Between The Buried And Me, and other extreme metal bands, then you surely need to check our local guys Littledidweknow. This chit is el sicko! In a good way.

Watch “Magmarilloatia”:

Sep 092013

I recently got to play a smaller venue in the Southend called Stich’s, at 7323 St. Andrews Church Rd. Two Pump Chump and my band Year Of The Gun played there. Any new venue that welcomes Louisville original music is very welcome in my book! We need all the venues we can get, and Mr Stich himself has made it clear that his club welcomes Louisville original talent.

The bar is one of those long and narrow clubs.

It’s not a small small club, its just kinda narrow. But it probably is about 100 feet long at least I am guessing. The stage isn’t very big though and my five-piece band could not set up all our gear onstage all at once, so I had to set up my guitar rig on the floor next to the stage. Not a big deal. The club has a decent P.A system that gets pretty loud. We had a pretty good sound going through there. The staff and people running the place were great. It was a pleasure working with them. They have pool tables, darts and other entertainment as well. Drinks were not expensive and were pretty stout. A bunch of bands have started to book there so you bands might want to contact Kevin Stich to see about getting on the calendar. We had fun and this place has possibilities galore. We just have to get the word out a little better, hence this writeup. Get yo butts out to Stich’s and hang out/rock out Southend style!!

Sep 082013

Whiskey Riders - Here To Burn

The first thing I noticed is the sweet artwork on the CD. Very professional and cool looking. This CD, I am told, is a concept album that basically tells one big long story from start to finish. Singer Johnny Blaze says “The story is about life’s journey, the hard times, the dark times and overcoming your demons, like alcohol and drug addiction. It also gives a little hint of going against the corrupt powers that be.”

“Here Come The Whiskey Riders” is a good song. I liked it from the first demo I heard it on. But this version sounds much better. The vocals of Johnny Blaze sound great, as does the guitar tones. Great songwriting and groove. It reminds me a lot of Corrosion Of Conformity’s music. For a self-recorded CD, these guys have done a pretty good job. (They have their own studio, Bearbones Studios, in Sellersburg, Indiana.) “Shotgun Sisters” is a bit more bluesy. I dig the opening guitar riff. So far, there are some real good soulful guitar parts on this CD. Pretty. Rockin’. “Time Bandits” has a guitar tone that sounds a bit too metallic and tinny for my tastes, but it works okay for this song. “Sunshine” is probably one of my favorite WR songs. It starts out with a really clean guitar sound. It has a Kentucky down-home sound that many here can relate to I’m thinking. The vocals and backups are very good, indeed. These guys spent a lot of time in the studio recording this CD.

“Big Bad Wolf” starts out a lot like “Here Come the Whiskey Riders” but quickly goes into it’s own entity. This band rocks. If you like Down, C.O.C, Trouble, and other bluesy influenced metal, then The Whiskey Riders are right up your alley. Vocals/Guitarist Johnny Blaze is all over the place with his crazy style. The guy plays lead and sings at the same time. Not easy to do. “Old Man River” sounds fantastic in the intro. Some lovely acoustic sounds going on here. Perfect! I’m impressed with the sound quality of this do-it-yourself recording project. The song kinda lost me in the middle, but towards the end, it rounds out well. Cool, laid-back drumming towards the end. “Find Our Way” is an acoustic ballad with piano and good harmonies in the vocals. “Symphony Of The Lost Boys” is the ending song and it features acoustic accordion music in it. You don’t see much accordion music in the Louisville rock scene. It almost sounds like an old sailor’s song with the accordion sounds.

This is a very weird CD. It has a lot going on. Blues, punk aspects, soulful groove, actual singing (Thank god! I’m tired of all the cookie monster nonsense in a lot of today’s bands), metal, narrated parts narrated by Mike “Papa” Armstrong, a rockin’ musician in his own right that I used to work with several years back; guest appearances by female vocalists CJ Anderson and Cheryl Anderson on two songs, piano, organ and I thought I even heard a banjo or mandolin in there once or twice. This CD is chock full of guitar parts that rock, backed by equally rockin’ vocals. Like I said, these guys spent a lot of time in the studio to record this. It’s different and fun to listen to. And these guys are a trip to see live. They are not boring, that’s for sure. If you want a redneck rip roaring good ole rock n roll time, then you need to hang with The Whiskey Riders, for they are of the few “Real Deals” musically in this town.

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Sep 032013

I finally was able to go to the Fair, and my lady friend and I had a blast. The setup of the shows at Cardinal Stadium was different this year, because they will be tearing down the old stadium, I hear. The bleachers and seats are in disrepair and it is time to tear it all down. This saddens me a little, because I have witnessed two “classic metal” Louisville concerts there at the old stadium. Both Ozzy shows in 1984 and 1986 were barn burners that I’ll never forget, and I’m betting the Fairgrounds will never forget them too. Good ole crazy Ozzy.

First we were at the Bud Tent, where they usually have some rockin’ bands, but not this year. At least when I was there. They had some top 40 rock band that was just plain, uncool. No edgy music at all. No character at all. It was rock aimed for the masses. The problem is it did not appeal to anybody it seemed, it was so boring. So we decided to go to the Fair’s free rock concert early to see the new concert layout.

They had the stage set up on the baseball field and the sound was 100 times better. The last few years, the sound quality was atrocious. Distorted drums, low guitar volumes, muddy PA system, it was terrible to the point of us leaving to go to the Bud tent right in the middle of the show. But this year, the sound on the ground facing the field was much better. You could actually hear the instruments. First up was a good band called Devour The Day from Memphis. I liked their sound and they weren’t bad at all. Nice guitar tones and the singer could sing! I was having so much fun walking around talking to you good people who always recognize me and stop to say hello. I’m kinda shy around peeps that I don’t know well, so I apologize for sometimes not being the most talkative feller. But yes, I love seeing friends out, old and new.

The next band, Edmonton, Kentucky’s Black Stone Cherry (a band I’ve always admired) rocked out as usual. I haven’t seen these guys in a few, but they still jam out as good as ever. They are some busy guys! Seems like they are always on tour. They played a version of Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way” that sounded real good, if a bit slow. Guitarists Chris Robertson and Ben Wells work very well together and Robertson’s leads are smokin’ these days. Drummer John Fred Young is a beast on the skins. Good music with soul. And that is what Kentucky music is about. Soul. They ended the set with a rockin’ version of “Lonely Train.” These guys represent Kentucky in a very good manner, and all the touring has paid off. They are a completely successful band now and I wish them all the best luck.

The headliner, Theory Of A Deadman, was totally lame. I gave them a chance. I sat there and tried to get into the music but I couldn’t. It was way too weak and ball-less for my preference. My testes slowly disappeared into my body and if I would have stayed I would have been de-balled by the end of the show. I like music with a kick. This was a lame duck. Black Stone Cherry should have been the headliner.

I’m sure a lot of the women liked TOAD’s music. But I couldn’t get into it at all. It literally killed the night! No joke. So we left to go home and get freaky in the sack. A much wiser choice than watching TOAD. Good food, cold frosty beer, decent bands (except TOAD), lots of friends, and some awesome lovin after the show made for a memorable night indeed. I’m glad I went to the Fair. What a blast.