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

Foxygen shines with symphony orchestra on ‘Hang’

For a group that moved past breakup and physical abuse allegations, Foxygen doesn’t miss a beat on their third studio effort ‘Hang,’ which released on Jan. 20. The record, a follow-up to 2014’s disappointing ‘…And Star Power’ features a 40-person orchestra in the studio with duo Jonathan Rado and Sam France, allowing more room for their experimental blend of classic rock and pop that is sometimes even bordering on rock opera territory, to navigate. Continue reading Foxygen shines with symphony orchestra on ‘Hang’

The Wooks clean up at Lexington Music Awards

The Wooks walked away big winners at the third annual Lexington Community Awards on Sunday night, picking up victories for Song of the Year for the number “County Girl” and Album of the Year for their debut record ‘Little Circles.’ The Wooks also won the award for best country artist, leaving them with three trophies to lead the pack of all nominees. Continue reading The Wooks clean up at Lexington Music Awards