Appalachian artists shine at Kickin’ it on the Creek

In its third year, Kickin’ it on the Creek, located a “Country mile” from downtown Irvine, Ky. May just be the best festival you’ve never heard about. Continue reading Appalachian artists shine at Kickin’ it on the Creek

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Inaugural Petefest aims to “Stomp the Stigma”

Organized in memory of Pete Jones and to raise money for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, the first annual PeteFest at Jones Fields outside Louisville was a smashing success. Driving up to the festival it was hard to fathom how close it was to the bustling downtown of Louisville, with meandering roads hugged by bustling tree lines leading to the festival grounds, offering the perfect escape for a weekend of music and philanthropy. Continue reading Inaugural Petefest aims to “Stomp the Stigma”

Blake Shelton, Dustin Lynch bring Red, White & Boom to a rousing finale

With the dreary weather plaguing Friday’s opening performances of Red, White & Boom long gone, it’s closing night couldn’t have been more of a contrast, with sunny skies and dry weather drawing fans to Whitaker Bank Ballpark in droves dressed head to toe in cowboy boots and American flag garb to see Blake Shelton, Dustin Lynch, William Michael Morgan and Carly Pearce cap off a weekend of star-studded country music. Continue reading Blake Shelton, Dustin Lynch bring Red, White & Boom to a rousing finale

Master Musicians Festival builds to a rousing finale for growing audience

Since 1994 the Master Musicians Festival has brought marquee names to Somerset and the Lake Cumberland region including The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show and Willie Nelson. This weekend’s 24th annual gathering boasted fan favorites Colter Wall, Old 97’s, Dawes and Blackberry Smoke on stage at Festival Field at Somerset Community College. Continue reading Master Musicians Festival builds to a rousing finale for growing audience

Festival of the Bluegrass finishes with a late-night party

Saturday at Festival of the Bluegrass featured arguably the 44th annual gathering’s most diverse lineup, musically speaking, with equal amounts of traditional and progressive bluegrass from bands such as The Grascals, The Wooks, Seldom Scene and Town Mountain amplified into the sea of attendees in lawn chairs. Continue reading Festival of the Bluegrass finishes with a late-night party

Blackfoot Gypsies bring old vibes to new album

At a time when people are reverting back to the age of classic rock, blues and old-time country, Nashville’s Blackfoot Gypsies bring a refreshing update to the genres with their third studio record “To the Top!,” out April 14 on Plowboy Records. The 15-track compilation sees the energetic four-piece foray into their usual blend of Rolling Stones-era rock ‘n’ roll along with honky-tonk country, jazz, blues, soul and Americana. Continue reading Blackfoot Gypsies bring old vibes to new album