Category Archives: Country 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 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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Luke Bryan concert traffic snafu makes a case for city oversight

It’s probably safe to say Tuesday night’s traffic fiasco surrounding the Luke Bryan Farm Tour at Talon Winery and Vineyards was not the way Lexington officials wanted to start a month of major events in our fair city. Traffic backed … Continue reading

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Hunter Hayes playing surprise Lexington show Wednesday

Country heartthrob Hunter Hayes will be performing a concert for CMT’s Instant Jam series in Lexington, Wednesday night. Hayes, who will open Thursday night’s Lady Antebellum concert at Rupp Arena, tweeted the news Tuesday morning and says he will release the when-and-where … Continue reading

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NiFi festival — slated to feature Green Day, Miranda Lambert — canceled

The Kentucky Speedway in Sparta will not rock the last weekend in August after all. The inaugural NiFi Festival, slated for Aug. 28 to 30 with headliners Green Day, Miranda Lambert and Kings of Leon, has been canceled, according to … Continue reading

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Phoenix Friday: Go for Ben Sollee, discover Humming House

This afternoon’s Phoenix Friday concert, presented by WUKY-FM 91.3, features well-known Lexington musician Ben Sollee, who is taking the cello places most Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra kids probably never imagined it would go. But there is a discovery to be … Continue reading

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Lineup complete for Red, White & Boom 2015

With an announcement Monday morning on WBUL-FM 98.1, the lineup is now set for this year’s edition of the Red, White & Boom country music romp at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Like last year, it will be a two-day festival, but this year … Continue reading

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Listening to … The Lone Bellow, ‘Then Came the Morning’

The Lone Bellow came to my attention through an unusual convergence of sources. Let’s put them in radio station terms: the very-WBUL Eric Church concert, which The Lone Bellow is opening, that was recently announced for May 7 at Rupp Arena … Continue reading

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