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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Those "honesty-in-advertising" laws must be having their effect on the music business as well, as a more appropriately named tour than "Mega Deaf" would be hard to find. Needless to say, it features several ear-shattering bands - or, at least, what they would have you belive - including Wilmington, Nnorht Carolina's He Is Legend, Birmingham's Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster, Wilson and Greyhaven. He Is Legend is promoting their first album in five years, Heavy Fruit. That project follows the reunion of the band in 2012, after a three-year hiatus. Maylene and the Sons of Disaster continue to promote 2011's IV. Both bands have  undergone some churning in the personnel department, including filling in for each other some. It'll happen at the Phoenix Hill Tavern on August 21 and tickets are $13.

Check out the brand-new video for "The Carpet" from HIL:
Check out MATSOD "Live at Underbelly":

--Paul Moffett

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Friday, August 22, 2014

The American Idol-winning country music singer Scotty McCreery will appear at Cardinal Stadium on August 22. McCreery's done fairly well after his win, having released three albums, including his most recent, 2013's See You Tonight and winning several awards, including CMT and ACA awards for various "New Artist" categories. McCreery is also a professed Christian. It's a free show at the Kentucky State Fair.

Watch Scotty sing "Feelin' It":

--Paul Moffett

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Blues musician Keb' Mo' returns to the Derby City after a very long absence; his only other show here was in 2006 at the Palace. It's a bit odd, given Louisville's fairly steady appetite for the blues. In any case, he's got a new, just-released record, BLUESAmericana, his fourteenth, to entertain fans with. He won  Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 1997, 1999 and 2005, so he clearly is important in the blues field. His songwriting chops extend beyond one genre; in 2006, he cowrote "I Hope" with the Dixie Chicks for their Taking The Long Way album. Tickets for the August 22 show at the Mercury Ballromm are $33.50+$6.50 fee if you order online. G. Love & Special Sauce will open.

For a sample, check out this video of the Keb Mo Band at the Rawa Blues Festival in 2013:

--Paul Moffett

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The OMG Music Fest stops in Louisville at Headliners on August 22. Scheduled are hosts  Lisa McQueen a.k.a. "Aunt Lisa" and  Mac Demy, plus Dylan Holland, Tyler Matl, Reed Deming, Jacob Whitesides, Grant Landis, Alyssa Shouse and Round2Crew. Beyond that, information is a bit tricky to nail down, although bios of the young performers can be found here. It just seems to be a tour of sort of up-and-coming performers gathered in a bunch and touring. The most common genre is pop, with a pair of rappers in the mix. Tickets are a hefty $45, with an $85 Silver VIP ticket available. I dunno.

--Paul Moffett

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I've been waiting for months to get my hands on the new Signal The Revolution demo, entitled "Nova," and I finally have it in hand. The guys have been toying with me, letting me hear tidbits here and there, and, boy, does this demo sound great so far. I thought I would take a few minutes to chat with STR vocalist Josh Carter about what's new in the Revolution! He had a bit to say about the new demo, successes up north, life, and the band's CD Release bash at Diamond Pub on August 22. Let's do this! Signal The Revolution, Krosjoint and  Lift The Medium.

--Eddy Metal

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

"I Love Rock & Roll" singer Joan Jett & the Blackhearts come back to Cardinal Stadium on August 23, after an absence of four years. It's been thirty-plus years since that iconic first hit and twenty-plus years since she had a Top Ten hit, but that hasn't kept her from staying busy, writing, recording, produciing and touring. Her most recent album is 2013's Unvarnished, which peaked at #47 on the Billboard 200 chart. Jett and the Blackhearts play straight-up rock 'n' roll, which still  works perfectly well in the hearts of rock fans everywhere.  Devour The Day opens.It's a free show.

--Paul Moffett

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

"Since their debut in 2001, GRAMMY®-nominated, American Music Award and multiple Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold over 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, garnered 25 No. 1 multi-format Christian radio singles and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with "I Can Only Imagine," (No. 4 AC/Top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), "Here With Me" (No. 4 AC), "Homesick" (Top 10 AC), and "So Long Self." In 2009, Billboard named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the No. 1 Song of The Decade and the group the No. 1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional No. 1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry's most notable talents. MercyMe made history as "I Can Only Imagine" surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. MercyMe has sold out venues across the nation, including Radio City Music Hall, and has appeared on The Tonight Show, CNN, Fox New Channel's Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS This Morning and in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard and more." - jesusfreakhideout.com
August 24 is a Sunday and at the 2014 Kentucky State Fair, that means it's time for a free Christian music concert. On the bill for this show is Greenville, Texas Crhistian rock band MercyMe, a band with a long string of hits on the Christian music charts and awards to match, including having the Billboard's No. 1 No. 1 Christian song of the Decade: "Word of God Speak." For this show, they have a brand-new record, Welcome To The New," which was released in April. The show is at Cardinal Stadium and it's free, of course.
Watch the official video for "Shake" from the new record:

--Paul Moffett

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The end of the summer is in sight, but there are still a couple more WFPK Waterfront Wednesdays to go before the cold shuts them down. For the August 27 edition, the folks at LPM have arranged for Shovels & Rope, Tim Easton And The Wild Feathers to come entertain you on the Waterfront. Shovels & Rope, which will hit the stage with a brand-new album, Swimmin' Time, released the day before the show, has played all the cool places in the city, including last year's Forecastle Fest, so they're a big draw, with a fanbase. The Wild Feathers, who also played last year's Forecastle Fest, as well as the recent Waterfront show featuring Willie Nelson and Allison Kraus, is still promoting their eponymous debut album, but with the company they're keeping, they should be well on the way to another one. Singer-songwriter Tim Easton, who is living in Nashville and promoting his 2013 project, Not Cool,  hasn't been in town since 2008, so there should be some folks happy to see him return. Plainly, this is a show worth going to see, even if it cost, which it doesn't, since it's a free show. Wheeee!

Watch Shovels & Rope's "The Devil Is All Around" from the new record:
Here's The Wild Feathers singing "Got It Wrong":
Tim Easton sings "Just Like Home":
MORE ARTIST INFORMATION
Websites:www.shovelsandrope.com/www.thewildfeathers.com/http://www.timeaston.com/

--Paul Moffett

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