Category Archives: Country music

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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Eric Church is coming to Rupp Arena in May

As often happens, after one country show wraps up at Rupp Arena, another one is announced. On the high-heels of Miranda Lambert’s boots, Rupp announced Monday that genre-bending country star Eric Church will be bringing his “The Outsiders World Tour” … Continue reading

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ArtyFacts: Sundance and Grammy honors for Lexingtonians

Pikeville native and University of Kentucky graduate Ashley York will be taking her documentary Tig to the Sundance Film Festival in January. Tig tells the story of how comedian Tig Notaro’s career shifted after a legendary performance at the Largo in Los Angeles where … Continue reading

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Listening to … Angaleena Presley, ‘American Middle Class’

Martin County native Angaleena Presley knows small town Appalachian life well enough to not romanticize it too much. While a lot of country songs today get all nostalgic for Friday night lights, she writes about the town football star dying … Continue reading

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Do genres even matter anymore?

Taylor Swift may have dropped the biggest piece of non-news this week when she announced that her new album, 1989, due out Oct. 27, will be an all-pop music effort; no country music pretenses. For many, pretense was all it was. As … Continue reading

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Red, White & Boom 2015 announced

If you are wishing you were at Red, White & Boom this weekend, but were surprised it sold out in five hours, your chance to get tickets for next year is right around the corner. Tickets will go on sale … Continue reading

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Listening to … Maggie Rose, ‘Cut to Impress’

If you have not been listening to Maggie Rose, it isn’t because music critics haven’t been telling you to. We will tell you her chart performance in no way reflects her talent, which put her aptly titled Cut to Impress album on … Continue reading

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