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.
Darlingside has had a lot of "firsts" occur recently here in the bluegrass. Their first Kentucky show was May 2 when the Massachusetts quartet performed at the Lyric Theatre in Lexington as a part of Wood Songs Old-Time Radio Hour, and their first trip to the Moonshiner's Ball in Berea will take place this Saturday at 8:30 pm. Big Blue Tunes recently scored an exclusive interview with Darlingside's Dave Senft to discuss the band's evolution, "Bird's Say", the creative process, and much more. Read the full interview after the break.
Still riding the momentum from their 2015 album “Birds Say” that netted them "Artist of the Year" at the International Folk Music Awards, Darlingside, the four piece outfit from Cambridge, Massachusetts will make their debut appearance at the Moonshiner’s Ball in Berea, Kentucky on Saturday, May 21 at 8:30 p.m. on the West Sixth Brewing stage. The group made their Kentucky debut earlier this month at the Lyric Theatre in Lexington for Wood Songs Old-Time Radio Hour.
As Moon Hooch prepares for a return to the bluegrass state next weekend for The Moonshiner's Ball, I had the opportunity to chat with the band's saxophonist Mike Wilbur about their upcoming album "Red Sky", New York City, moonshine, and much more! Read the full interview after the break.
For the second consecutive year, the three members of Moon Hooch will make their way from the New York City area down to Berea, Kentucky, for the third annual Moonshiner’s Ball. The trio, which transcends musical boundaries with it’s unique blend of jazz, electronic dance music, hip-hop and pop, is also readying for their third album “Red Sky” to be released on June 10.
For the last three years, Travis Young of Lexington band Blind Corn Liquor Pickers has been hard at work helping his bandmates organize the Moonshiner’s Ball, a grass roots festival hosted by BCLP that emphasizes Kentucky artists, while also featuring several prominent out-of-state acts. Last week I sat down with Young to discuss the biggest difficulties in organizing a festival, his vision for the Moonshiner’s Ball, Kentucky artists lacking on the festival scene, and much more. Read the full interview after the break.
As we leave the dark days of winter behind and blossom into spring, some Kentuckians are beginning to open their calendars to May in anticipation of not the Kentucky Derby, but the Moonshiner’s Ball — a grass roots festival in Berea chock-full of the best musical talent from throughout the Bluegrass State and beyond. Lexington’s Blind Corn Liquor Pickers will host the ball, celebrating its third year, from May 20-22.