13 Bands Playing on 2 Stages For 1 Cause
Thirty-six years is a long time for a band to survive in today’s cutthroat music jungle. The secret? Richard and Fred Young, along with cousin, Greg Martin and long time friend Doug Phelps, never set out to play music for a living. They were born to be together and they live to play music. Some of the Kentucky Headhunters have sold millions of albums, however, one thing remains the same…they are one of a kind, originals.
Front porch melodies and song lyrics grown out of the rocky topsoil of Eastern Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains intertwine Sundy Best’s roots in every song they sing. They are storytellers and balladeers. They are crowd rockers and party starters. The band’s visceral sound and incredible live shows have gained them a loyal following of dedicated fans from the hills and hollers of Appalachia, all the way to the bustling one way streets under downtown city lights across the south. There are mountains in their music- valleys of love lost and missing home, peaks of rowdy Saturday nights chasing Kentucky women, and the journey in between. With influences ranging from country, bluegrass, rock, soul, and rhythm and blues, the duo produces music that, at times, is hard to classify. That’s just fine by Kris Bentley and Nick Jamerson. No need for a radio template, just the strum of guitar strings, bass and snare, life lyrics, and the family, friends, and fans that make it all worth it. Every song is a reminder that they have not forgotten where they came from. So put some Kentucky Bourbon in a mason jar, walk barefoot on cool grass, play Sundy Best loud and dance until your roots show.
The Thrashing Fossils
feat. Chris Carmichael, Scott Willis, Tommy Johnson, Marc Owens & Graham Hudspeth
Somewhat of a local supergroup, the Thrashing Fossils features the talents of Chris Carmichael, Scott Willis, Tommy Johnson, Graham Hudspeth and Marc Owens. Formed on a whim by violinist Carmichael for the upcoming Lost River Music Festival benefitting the Center for Courageous Kids, the Fossils are being a bit enigmatic about what, exactly, they sound like. Guitarist Johnson said they could be reminiscent of “anyone from Johnny Winter to the Sex Pistols.”
Intrigued? We are, too! Guess we’ll be seeing you at Circus Square September 14!
Scott Lindsey comes from the country, born in Beaver Dam, Kentucky, in the same county as Bill Monroe and raised just down a country road from Merle Travis’s hometown. That’s fertile ground for a budding singer/songwriter. Scott’s talent was nurtured by his mother’s love of classic rock and by his father, a honky-tonk performer who co-wrote with Songwriting Hall of Famer, Tommy Collins. A well-respected songwriter, Lindsey has written with hit makers Harley Allen, 2005 BMI Songwriter of the Year ( “The Baby”, The Little Girl”), Kyle Cook of MatchBox Twenty, Kim Williams (“Three Wooden Crosses”), and Will Nance (“She’s Everything”) among others. He has also had cuts by other artist including Jesse & Noah Bellamy, Americana Awards Nominee, Buck Jones and The Michael Klein Band.
Salvage Town, who take their name from the lyrics of fellow Kentuckian Chris Knight, have repossessed various aspects of American roots music and pieced them together to form a sound that’s gritty, unique, bold and more than a bit dangerous. Knight, along with others such as The Band and Creedence Clearwater Revival, are instrumental influences of the group’s emerging style.
Opossum Holler is a high octane blend of rockabilly, punkabilly and psychobilly influences. Hailing from Bowling Green, Kentucky, the Holler was born in an abandoned Mason’s lodge on the Cumberland river. Featuring the lightning fast guitar work of Loyd Nicely, the precision drumming of Matt Devore and the rock solid bass work of Brad Ausbrooks, Opossum Holler is a down home rock and roll experience you have to see to believe.
Black Cat Cadillac plays live music for both traditional (bars, clubs, parties, weddings, etc.) and non-traditional venues (charitable events, divorces, etc.) We’ll play anywhere but out in the rain. We’ve got more power than the TVA, but we’re not lightning proof… yet.
The Reneaus , a six-member country/rock/Americana band, create musical arrangements that favor interesting pieces, parts and shifts over comfortable repetition and predictability. Their most recent album, The Season, runs its course like a river through a southern landscape- at times driving, dark and murky, other times crisp, clear and peaceful, all the while winding and twisting through changes in the landscape. Ashley Winn’s lilting voice and dreamy, haunting imagery is at times accompanied only by an acoustic guitar or viola, while other times she belts over a pulsing drum beat, electric guitar and bass with distinct keyboard or organ accents. It is worth mentioning that everyone in the band is related to one another, in some way, which might account for the inexplicable cohesion and harmony the band displays while experimenting and exploring a wide range of musical roots and influences.
The Lost River Cavemen have been touring nationally and pumping life back into Roots music since 2005. The Cavemen spin their music into an aural web that is catchy, profound and playful. Their music has been described as Eccentric Americana, Punk Country, and Ragtime-influenced Neo-Country. However you describe it, there’s no doubt that their high-energy live show gives you good vibes and the kind of buzz that makes dancing and drinking infectious.
“Mudd River Union Acoustic” is considered the first heartbeat of MRU. These five friends began singing and playing together around a kerosene heater in 2007 and realized immediately they had something very special. Since that day they have done their best to share this gift with as many music lovers as possible. Their vocalist’s four-part harmonies blend effortlessly together and have become the foundation of their signature sound. The chemistry they have together can be seen and heard..a rare quality only found in the most close-knit musicians. Three talented lead singers are capable of singing a broad spectrum of styles. From blues to rock to new and old country alike, each member brings to the table their spin on favorites from all decades. But don’t let the acoustic setting fool you, their energy and vocals will still captivate; with just four voices and two guitars and an array of percussion instruments, they have grabbed the attention of audiences numbering in the thousands. As acoustic artists, they have opened for many radio artists in concerts and festivals in the tri-state, and have sung their stirring arrangement of the National Anthem at numerous sporting and concert events. Song along to your favorite songs with an “MRU reinvented” unplugged style. Bring your friends..bring your dancing shoes. This is no coffee shop gig! Can’t wait to see you at the show!
Raised in the south, Billy’s music is a unique blend of soul, acoustic-pop and rock with elements of ambient, trip-hop and psychedelia. He’s been writing and recording since the age of 14 and is releasing his new CD this July. Billy’s performances are dynamic, from intimate Otis-inspired gospel harmonies to alt-pop acoustic songcraft to foot-stomping Stones meets Stooges barn burners. Billy’s current band lineup features musicians from past projects as well as top talent from the Nashville scene. Passion for music runs deep in Billy’s veins. His cousin Roderick Falconer / Rod Taylor was a prolific rock singer/songwriter on Geffen Records who produced seven albums before launching his film career. Intent on carrying on the family tradition, Billy’s journey continues.
The Smokin’ Peace Pipes are a talented trio consisting of guitar prodigy, Paul Williams, and two incredibly gifted vocalists, Valerie Williams and Jonathan Tomes. Siblings Paul and Valerie Williams, from Russellville, and Jonathan Tomes, from Sonora, first gigged together almost two decades ago with a bigger band named Big Nancy while Paul and Jonathan were attending school at WKU. After their time as Big Nancy had ran its course, Paul, Val and Jonathan remained close friends. They occasionally performed at private parties for their friends and started playing restaurants. They quickly developed a “cult like” following with their amazing talents, energetic live performances and engaging personalities.
Kalisa grew up in the country just outside Nashville where, at age 11, she picked up a guitar and penned her first song. She credits her insatiable passion for music to her grandfather, who died of heart problems just after she was born. Kalisa’s grandfather, Owen McCarty, was a blind musician who moved to Nashville to fulfill his dreams as an artist in Music City. “One of my songs, ‘Redemption,’ is about everything that I’ve had to learn the hard way through the years. That’s the kind of real stories that I hope connect with people. I like to write about love, screwing things up, being a screw up, finding redemption and then living to tell about it. I write about what I’ve learned.” If there’s one thing Kalisa knows about life’s big surprises is that it will bring you to where you need to be when you least expect it. It will bring you home. And that’s exactly what her music is all about.