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I <3 the Banjo

A rant, an exploration and a playlist

{CommentsCant} · Monday, February 6, 2012
I caught a tweet from Noam Pikelny (The Punch Brothers) the other night. It said the new Rascal Flatts song “Banjo” made him want to kill a small pet. While I tend to steer clear of anything involving Gary LeVox and the gang, I will listen to anything involving a banjo. So, I clicked on his link to a YouTube video.I made it to the end of the chorus before I not only stopped the video, but I shut down my entire web browser. The last two lines of the chorus are, “And you kick it into four-wheel drive when you run out of road and you go, and you go and you go-go-go/’Til you hear a banjo.”  
Of course I understand that “Banjo” is supposed to be a fun, light-hearted song, but I still don’t appreciate the fact that these “country artists” have once again tried to associate the banjo with little more than Deliverance.  
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The "Live Music in a Movie Theater" Experience

Big-screen broadcast of Goat Rodeo Sessions live proves entertaining, but not as much as the real deal

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, February 2, 2012
The men of Goat Rodeo Sessions played an entire world tour on Tuesday night. And not once did Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Stuart Duncan or Edgar Meyer let on that they were tired. That might have something to do with the fact that they never left Boston.

Any time a band puts out a new album, the follow-up step is to schedule a tour. With an album as well-received as Goat Rodeo Sessions, the supergroup owed it to their fans to let them hear and see it performed live. But what happens if the album is made by four people with four separate careers? Even a week-long tour might be hard to pull off.

Enter Fathom. Fathom earns money and saves arts lovers hard-earned cash by turning select movie theaters into performance venues. They present both one-time events, like the Goat Rodeo Sessions performance, and also series, like the entire Metropolitan Opera concert season.  

Lotus with Skeetones

Feb. 14 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Thursday, February 2, 2012
If Bluegrass comes from Kentucky and Blues is from Memphis, where does Jam Band music come from?  If you’re a Lotus fan, it comes from Indiana. Lotus formed at Goshen College in 1999 and quickly gained fans with their synth-y, electronic take on Jam.  

Music: Anthrax

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Three decades can either reinforce or break down a band. Or sometimes, as in the case of Anthrax, it can do a little of both. The Metal giants have a messy history when it comes to lineup changes. S  

Cheyenne Marie Mize

Feb. 8 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Thursday, January 26, 2012
Louisville native Cheyenne Marie Mize has played within her local Indie music scene for quite awhile. Most recently Mize toured and performed with two more Kentucky-based Indie success-stories, Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore, in support of their collaborative album Dear Companion.   

Anthrax

Feb. 4

0 Comments · Thursday, January 26, 2012
For many bands, an eight-year wait might cost them a lot of fans. Then there is Anthrax, for which each album is thrust out to their fans like another piece of their pulverized hearts. For Metalheads, that's the kind of music that is worth the wait.   
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Bluegrass Fans Rise Up for Appalachian Uprising

Growing Ohio Bluegrass festival sets 2012 dates, initial lineup

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Not that long ago in an Ohio town called Scottown (or maybe “East Egypt”) there was a farm called Eden Valley. It was decided that on the rolling hills of that farm a stage should be built and upon that stage an endless stream of Bluegrass bands should play. Friends and neighbors were invited to come watch, sing and camp. The bands came, too, and they brought their fans. Soon the farm was filled with both strange and familiar faces. It became one big banjo pickin’, jig dancin’, bonfire buildin’ party. An uprising occurred, an Appalachian uprising, and it was decided that it should happen again next year … and the year after that and the year after that.

The Appalachian Uprising music festival — which claims to be the “fastest growing Bluegrass music festival in North America” — is simply a must-attend event for any serious Bluegrass fan. Make plans now — tickets are already onsale for APPYUP 2012, which runs May 31-June 2. (Click here for details.)  

Ryan Adams

Jan. 28 • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Friday, January 20, 2012
Ryan Adams is only 37 and he’s already more accomplished than most people are at retirement. During his 12-year career he has released eight official solo albums and five albums with his former backing band, The Cardinals.   

Loretta Lynn

Jan. 28 • Belterra Casino

0 Comments · Friday, January 20, 2012
In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Country music was dominated by male performers. Then, amongst the baritones, a handful of women burst onto the scene. And they had something to say. Among the likes of Kitty Wells and Patsy Cline stood Loretta Lynn.   

Music: Miss Tess & the Bon Ton Parade

0 Comments · Thursday, January 19, 2012
 If you’re looking for yet another sign of the reemergence of American Roots music, look no further than Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade. The Brooklyn-based Tess has been around the country