Archive for April 2010

Kings Highway, Grandview Junction coming to Boneyard

April 29, 2010

The Boneyard, an Owensboro Christian music venue and coffeehouse at 624 Emory Drive, is hosting two bluegrass bands on May 6.

B.J. Cox, one of the owners, said Kings Highway and Grandview Junction will perform starting at 6 p.m.

Admission is $5.

Kings Highway is an Owensboro-based band.

Grandview Junction has members from Owensboro and southern Indiana.

MARTY RAYBON, “At His Best,” HiFive/GrandVista. 11 tracks.

April 27, 2010

Bluegrass fans will probably take issue with the title of Marty Raybon’s latest album.

There isn’t a single bluegrass track on it. And that’s a little confusing since Raybon returned to his bluegrass roots with “Full Circle,” an acclaimed 2003 album.

It’s also a bit confusing since he’s booked at several bluegrass festivals this year.

But just about every cut on “At His Best” features pianos, drums, electric guitars and steel guitars — instruments not found on bluegrass albums.

“At His Best” is modern country, which means a blend of pop and soft rock.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Unless you’re expecting bluegrass.

There’s some good material on here.

“Daddy Phone” is about a divorced father buying his son a cell phone programmed to dial him at any time.
Raybon’s “Still My Little Man (Matty’s Song)” was written about his son, Matt, who was serving in Iraq at the time.

But either song would have been just as good — maybe better — done bluegrass style.

Raybon began his musical career in 1975 with his Florida-based family band, the American Bluegrass Express.

In 1984, he headed for the bright lights of country music, settling into the lead singer role in the hot country group, Shenandoah, from 1985 to 1996.

Then, he performed briefly with his brother, Tim, as the Raybon Brothers before coming home to bluegrass.

Here’s hoping the next album is at least partially bluegrass.

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Valerie Smith, Liberty Pike at bluegrass museum Friday

April 21, 2010

Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike will perform at the  International Bluegrass Music Museum in downtown Owensboro at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Tennessee-based band is also having a CD release party during the show, introducing the first CD ever recorded at the museum. 

 The band’s guitarist, Ernie Evans, created the current series of concerts to help raise money for the museum.

 Tickets are $10 and include a wine and cheese reception. They can be bought at the museum, 207 E. Second St., or ordered by calling  926-7891.

Bluegrass Returns To Its Roots this weekend

April 21, 2010

Owensboro Concerts LLC  will stage the ninth annual Bluegrass Returns to its Roots Festival this weekend at Diamond Lake Resort near West Louisville.

The performances will be in the newly renovated indoor Diamond Lake Resort Theater. 

Here’s the announcement about the festival:


J.D. Crowe and The New South will be the featured bluegrass musicians for the 9th annual event that was held 7 years at The Executive Inn Rivermont and in 2009 at the RiverPark Center. Local and regional bluegrass artists will also take the stage. Diamond Lake Resort offers a different atmosphere where one can enjoy the sounds of bluegrass. Campers, bluegrass fans, and families can experience a very special event at a spectacular location. Ole South Barbeque, bluegrass workshops, showcases, jamming, clogging, and more will make this one festival that you will not want to miss!

 Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, J.D. Crowe picked up the banjo when he was 13 years old, inspired by one of the Flatt & Scruggs’ performances on the Kentucky BarnDance.  After that show, he regularly attended the duo’s performances sitting on the front row and studying Scruggs’ revolutionary picking. That was just the beginning of  his  legendary career. J.D. Crowe, a member of the distinguished  Bluegrass Hall of Fame, is one of the few bluegrass legends actively recording, writing, and performing this American form of music.

 Festival Schedule of Events

Friday, April 23, 2010:   6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

      Open jamming on the main stage.  A chance for individuals and bands to show their

       talent and share with the audience. Sign up when you arrive and get ready to take

       the stage!

Saturday, April 24, 2010: 

Bluegrass Showcase Bands

Diamond Lake Theater Main Stage

       10:00-10:45 a.m.                Chasin’ Chickens

       11:00-11:45 a.m.                Blackberry Jam

       12:00 Noon-12:30 p.m.      Emily Wills & The Whitelys

       12:30-1:00 p.m.                  Sweet T

       1:00-1:45 p.m.                    The Clabber Boys

       2:00-2:45 p.m.                    Grandview Junction

       3:00-3:45 p.m.                    Up N Gone

       4:00-4:45 p.m.                    The Kings Highway

       5:00-6:30 p.m.                     Dinner Break

              Ole South Barbeque, The Diamond Lake Grill, Pizza & Ice Cream Shoppe

       6:30 p.m. SHOWTIME       Doors Open 5:30 p.m.

           Master of Ceremonies  Judge Gene Lanham

           Tribute to America and to Kentucky by Owensboro’s own Randy Lanham

           The Bluegrass Allstars and Barry Lanham’s Foot Stompin’ Express Troupe

       6:45-7:25 p.m.    County Line Bluegrass

       7:30-8:15 p.m.    The Kings Highway

       8:30 p.m.             J.D. Crowe and the New South

   Bluegrass Workshops

Pavilion C


       1:00-1:30 p.m.    Mandolin  –  Mark Hargis – The Kings Highway

       1:30-2:00 p.m.    Vocal Harmony – Mark Hargis/John Johnston – The Kings Highway

       2:00-2:30 p.m.     Dobro – Mike Hobson – Up N Gone

       2:30-3:00 p.m.     Guitar – Veronica Lassiter – Mountain Harmony

       4:00-5:00 p.m.     Clogging – Barry Lanham and the Foot Stompin’ Express Troupe

Complimentary shuttle service throughout the festival by Lampkin Family Farms

Open jamming throughout the event at various locations.

FOR TICKETS: or call 270-302-5260

    Diamond  Lake Resorts  270-229-4900 for tickets and camping information

    Even Steven Locations:  270-683-3226    3400 Old Hartford Road

                                            270-771-4998    Highway 56 West

                                            270-785-3616    7155 Highway 81

    Ole South Barbeque:       270-926-6464    3523 Highway 54

THE GRASCALS, “The Famous Lefty Flynn’s,” Rounder. 12 tracks.

April 19, 2010

The Grascals burst on the bluegrass scene in 2005 with a self-titled album featuring Dolly Parton on a grassed-up version of Elvis’ “Viva Las Vegas.”
It made a splash, earning the band “emerging artist of the year” honors from the International Bluegrass Music Association and a Grammy nomination.

The Grascals went on to win entertainer of the year honors from the IBMA in both 2006 and 2007. And they picked up another Grammy nomination for 2006’s “Long List of Heartaches.”

A resume like that leaves a band room to coast for a few years.

But The Grascals are still taking chances, trying new things while sticking to the sound that brought them fans and honors.

Fiddler Jeremy Abshire joined the band right after the 2008 album “Keep On Walkin’ ” was recorded. And Kristin Scott Benson, IBMA’s 2008 and 2009 banjo player of the year, came aboard soon after Abshire.

Vocally, the band boasts three lead singers — Terry Eldredge, Jamie Johnson and Terry Smith — which opens the door for some great trio singing on songs like The Monkees’ “Last Train To Clarksville.”
Hank Williams Jr. joins The Grascals on “I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome, “ a song written by his father and Bill Monroe. They manage to create a blend of honky tonk and bluegrass.

The Grascals, by the way, are part of Williams’ “Rowdy Friends” tour this spring.

There are a couple of Osborne Brothers’ songs on the album — “Son of a Sawmill Man” and “Up This Hill and Down.” Eldredge, a former member of the Osborne’s band, sounds remarkably like Bobby Osborne on “Sawmill Man.”

The title cut is a story song by Johnson and Morry Trent about a tavern named for a bank robber killed in a prison break. His partner finds the dead man’s money and builds a bar in his honor.

“Lefty Flynn’s” is a bluegrass album with a country edge. It features steel guitars on three tracks, drums, a mandola and a viola — instruments not typically found on bluegrass albums.

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DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER, “Light On My Feet, Ready To Fly,” Horizon Records. 11 tracks.

April 12, 2010

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have been alternating secular and gospel albums in recent years.
And 2010 is gospel album time.

“Light On My Feet, Ready To Fly” follows 2008’s “Help Is On The Way” and 2006’s “He Lives In Me” as some of the best bluegrass gospel being recorded today.

Corey Hensley, the group’s guitar player, wrote two songs — the title cut and “The Hammer of Sin” — and sings lead on five.

Through the years, Quicksilver has been a finishing school for bluegrass musicians who have gone on to become stars in their own rights.

The band has been known for its strong harmony since it first hit the bluegrass circuit in 1979. And the current lineup — Lawson, Hensley, Jason Leek, Dale Perry, Josh Swift and Jason Barie — is no exception.

Two a capella numbers are included here — “My Lord’s Gonna Move This Wicked Race” and “Zion Medley (Ship of Zion, Is That The Old Ship of Zion).”

Seven tracks are uptempo numbers and “Zion” is the closest thing to a gospel standard.

“Light On My Feet” is the latest in a long line of strong albums by a great band.

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