Iconic GRAMMY and Oscar-winning singer/songwriter and activist, Melissa Etheridge released her new album, The Medicine Show, April 12, 2019 via Concord Records. Reunited with celebrated producer John Shanks (Keith Urban, Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson) Melissa sounds as rousing as ever, bringing a new level of artistry to her 15th studio recording. Known for her passionate and dynamic live performances, she is currently on tour supporting the new release.
Neo-traditional honky-tonker Chuck Mead serves up a Memphis-spiced hardcore country platter with Close to Home, due for release on June 21, 2019. The 11-track collection, on Nashville independent label Plowboy Records, is the follow-up to Mead’s first Plowboy release, 2015’s Free State Serenade. Recorded at the historic Sam Phillips Recording Studios in Memphis, Tenn., the album was produced by acclaimed Memphis recording engineer and producer Matt Ross-Spang.
Lazer Lloyd has created a powerful and unique blend of roots rock, Americana, folk, country and blues. The international recording artist, singer-songwriter and guitarist sings about life’s struggle for love, meaning, and the strength to hang on and discover joy along the way. His warm connection with each audience makes every show a new journey with acoustic heart and electric fire… Lazer Lloyd debuts at Staley’s Pub on Tuesday, July 16. Doors open at 8:00 PM.
Acclaimed duo Shovels & Rope will perform with Tedeschi Trucks Band at Riverbend Music Cener on July 19 in support of their new album By Blood (April 12, Dualtone Music). Known for their honest, literate and narrative-driven songwriting, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent (aka Shovels & Rope) inject raw and fiercely passionate emotion into the 10 new tracks on By Blood. The husband and wife team have built a reputation as boldly honest, heart-on-sleeve artists who put everything into their craft and their incendiary live performances. View the NPR Music First Listen Feature for more insight.
The Wood Brothers have announced Fall 2019 tour dates. The 14-show run focuses on the Midwest and Texas beginning in November and concluding in December, including stops at Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH, The Pageant in St. Louis, MO and The Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX. Artist pre-sale tickets for the tour go on-sale Wednesday, June 19 (10am local) with password HAPPINESSJONES. Local pre-sale begins Thursday, June 20 (10am local) with password LUCKIEST. General public tickets are available on Friday, June 21 (10am local).
Patrons of Railbird Festival can expect an exciting lineup of culinary and Bourbon offerings at the inaugural event, which will take place August 10-11 at The Grounds at Keeneland. Sip & Savor experiences will cater to the festival’s foodies, while The Rickhouse will give festival-goers a taste of Kentucky’s finest Bourbons.
A summer tradition returns to Riverbend Music Center on the Fourth of July when the Cincinnati Pops presents “Red, White, and BOOM,” a concert celebrating American independence and musical traditions. John Morris Russell leads the family-friendly Pops performance, featuring guest artists Six-String Soldiers US Army Field Band, Cincinnati Pops Chorale, and Broadway star and Tony Award nominee Montego Glover —all this along with Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks after the concert. The Pops series is presented by PNC and kids 17 and under are free on the lawn courtesy of Toyota.
ADIOS is Cory Branan’s death record. Not the cheeriest of openings, but like all of Branan’s mercurial work, it’s probably not what you think. As funny and defiant as it is touching and sad, this self-dubbed “loser’s survival kit” doesn’t spare its subjects or the listener.
Nashville based Southern-inspired rock band The Steel Woods will perform at Festival on the Lake on August 10 in support of their recent album Old News (Woods Music/Thirty Tigers). Centered around the soulful and commanding vocals of lead singer Wes Bayliss and the instrumental prowess of guitarist Jason (Rowdy) Cope, The Steel Woods are a band steeped in Southern culture with a modern approach and powerful intensity.
Ever More Nest pairs Kelcy Mae’s signature poetic lyricism with a musical style that can set you simultaneously on a rural dirt road and a gritty, big-city street. The project’s debut album, The Place That You Call Home, was just nominated for Best Alt-Country Album in the 2019 Independent Music Awards. It centers on the idea of place, from the fallen trees of “North Mississippi” to the infinite stars of “Major Tom.” The New Orleans-based band is currently touring the US with notable stops at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in DC and the Emerging Artists Series Stage at Summerfest in Milwaukee.