One of the world’s oldest instruments, the sitar, will combine sounds with a mix of electronica, guitar, and soothing vocals in a pairing that transcends time and space as Cincinnati’s Dawg Yawp takes center stage at Willie’s Locally Known in Lexington on Friday night for the first installment of a new monthly music series dubbed “Moonshiner’s Presents” put on by the team that organizes The Moonshiner’s Ball.
Much like the small town of Aledo, Texas struck black gold in recent years with an oil boom, Chuck Dennie has struck musical gold with his latest project Aledo, named after his small hometown a short 15 minutes from Fort Worth. Aledo’s debut EP, titled “Gypsy Heart”, is due out August 26, featuring five songs that explore the healing process from start to finish.
For the last 13 years, some of the world’s best bluegrass musicians have descended upon Yellow Creek park for the ROMP music festival, hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Museum located a stone’s throw away in downtown Owensboro, Kentucky. The festival is known not only for it’s stellar and eclectic bluegrass lineups, but their family-friendly atmosphere and easy access to artists as well. This year’s festivities begin Wednesday, June 22, and run through Saturday, June 25.
Since 2005 Ann Arbor, Michigan’s The Ragbirds have been spreading their signature blend of gypsy folk pop, much of the time travelling in an eco-friendly tour van running on vegetable oil. The group has racked up significant mileage in recent months, touring in support of their new record “The Threshold & The Hearth”, out March 25. The tour included a stop in Berea, Kentucky, last month for the third annual Moonshiner’s Ball.
Fans of traditional, old-timey and progressive bluegrass all had something to be happy about Saturday at the 43rd Festival of the Bluegrass at the Kentucky Horse Park.
The festival’s closing day served up an eclectic blend of bluegrass that included Restless Leg String Band, The 23 String Band, Town Mountain and others.
At first glance William Apostol, better known by his stage name Billy Strings, doesn’t have the look of your stereotypical bluegrass musician, with gauged ears and tattoos plastered along his arms and torso. Don’t let his look fool you — this 21 year old can pick with the best in the bluegrass realm of music, as evidenced by his versatility on his self-titled debut EP that became available on June 10.