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.
Minnesota’s finest Trampled by Turtles, Devil Makes Three and Elephant Revival combined for the ultimate trifecta in Louisville over Kentucky Derby weekend for a sold out show at Iroquois Amphitheater. Before the show I was able to sit down for a chat with TBT’s mandolinist Erik Berry.
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.
Last month at Suwannee Springfest I had the opportunity to speak with legendary americana singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale. We discussed Suwannee, collaborations, songwriting, and much more. Check out the 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.
This Friday at Al’s Bar, mountain music and bluegrass will collide as local bands Moonshine District and The Wooks join forces for what will continue a fantastic week of music around Lexington. The show is the start of a busy summer of festivals and new destinations for Moonshine District, a band with deep roots in Appalachian music.
Music fans gathered at the newly located Willie’s Locally Known on Thursday night to say goodbye to March and hello to the band’s on the lineup for this year’s Moontower Music Festival being held August 27 at Masterson Station Park. Local acts Ben Lacy and Johnny Conqueroo entertained the crowd throughout the night.