Category Archives: Music

It’s time to vote in the Lexington Music Awards

David McLean doesn’t mess around. Late in 2014, he had the idea to create the Lexington Music Awards to spotlight local music. By late February, despite some aggressive winter weather, the event happened at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center. … Continue reading

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Jordan Smith is on to ‘The Voice’ Top 12

The field for Season 9 of The Voice was cut in half Wednesday night, and in the least surprising development of the evening, Harlan County’s Jordan Smith made the cut. The coaches’ darling through the show’s first three rounds seems to have … Continue reading

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Jordan Smith closes first night of ‘The Voice’ live with Beyonce

Jordan Smith has led off or closed every episode of The Voice on which he has appeared. Monday night, the first night of live competition, Smith closed  it out with a slow-burn rendition of Beyonce’s Halo that left the coaches with heavenly praise. “God has signed … Continue reading

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Two University of Kentucky singers advance in Met Auditions

University of Kentucky voice students Shareese Arnold, 29, and Mary Catherine Wright, 21, advanced to the regional round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Saturday, along with two other singers: Nicolette Book, 24, a student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of … Continue reading

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Jordan Smith prepares for live competition on ‘The Voice’

Even Jordan Smith was on edge watching his last competitive round on The Voice. “I thought, ‘Wait a second, did I win?’” Smith says, recalling watching his knockout round matchup with Viktor Király with his family and friends in Harlan County. It … Continue reading

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Chris Stapleton goes 3-for-3 on CMA Awards

Read more: CMA Awards recap; List of 49th Annual CMA Award winners I quote myself, from Sunday’s paper, on Chris Stapleton‘s three CMA Award nominations: “It will be a surprise if Stapleton wins any category.” If I am going to … Continue reading

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Second WBUL Acoustic Jam set for the Opera House

I don’t think I am going out on a limb saying that Walter Tunis and I agreed that last year’s December Acoustic Jam show at the Lexington Opera House was one of the most pleasant live music surprises of 2014. Having … Continue reading

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National anthem singers set for Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup has announced the singers who will deliver the Star-Spangled Banner and other selections prior to the races Friday and Saturday. Marlana VanHoose, a 20-year-old survivor of cytomegalovirus and cerebal palsy, will perform the national anthem Friday with the Culver Academy … Continue reading

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The Suffers Breeders’ Cup Festival show moved to Lyric Theatre

Tonight’s Breeders’ Cup Festival performance by The Suffers, a Gulf Coast soul act out of Houston, has been moved from the courthouse plaza to the Lyric Theatre, due to rain. The band is part of a lineup of headlining acts … Continue reading

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Jordan Smith goes to live competition on ‘The Voice’

Harlan County native Jordan Smith survived the third round on The Voice and is moving on to live competition. Both times Smith was in competitive rounds, coach Adam Levine declared him the winner, and his opponent was stolen by another coach. This … Continue reading

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