Louisville goes crazy during the lead up to the Kentucky Derby. The Derby, the “fastest two minutes in sports,” and, quite possibly, one of the last horse races to really matter on the national stage. There’s no vanity in that. Continue reading “My Favorite 2015 Kentucky Derby Week Activity”
I had the opportunity of rock out last night with Jukebox the Ghost at Headliners Music Hall on Lexington Road in Crescent Hill. As soon as I walked in, you could see the place was ready to jump. One of the reasons: Ben Thornewell was coming back home. Continue reading “Jukebox the Ghost rocked Headliners – so did Secret Someones and Little Daylight”
A few weeks ago, when I was sharing tips on how to take great fireworks photos, I also lamented the loss of the Waterfront Independence Festival that used to occur every July 4th on the Great Lawn at Waterfront Park. Continue reading “A look back at the Waterfront Independence Festival”
A weekend of music and photography is right up my alley, so when I had the chance to shoot George Strait Friday night and then Crosby, Stills & Nash on Saturday, do you imagine that I took it? I suppose that’s not a fair question because I came back with photographic evidence. Continue reading “Crosby, Stills and Nash played the historic Louisville Palace”
Last night at the KFC Yum! Center, country music hitmaker and Hall of Famer George Strait came to sing many of his 70 number one hits during the Louisville stop of his “Cowboy Rides Away” tour. It’s said to be his last full tour and, after such a distinguished career his fans understood why while at the same time not wanting the ride to end. Continue reading “The Cowboy Rides Away in Louisville. Want to see some pictures?”
Let’s begin here with full disclosure. This Friday, I’m covering the George Strait concert as a photographer. Usually, I’m the photographer and the reviewer, but in this case they’ve put a talented reviewer on the story with me. You’ll see the review and the photos at Louisville.com on Saturday as well as some on this website, too. However, I’d already written a preview of the show and wanted to publish it. Good thing I own my own website, huh? See the article below:
When you’ve had 60 number one hits to your credit since 1981, you may be perceived as an artist that knows your way around music. And when it’s your last tour, you will bring out as many fans as possible. All that contributes to the excitement around the final leg of George Strait’s “Cowboy Rides Away Tour” that stops at the KFC Yum! Center this Friday at 7:30pm.
As the cowboy rides into Louisville he holds what amounts to half a greatest hits show. On other tour stops, he’s had time to perform 33 songs in his allotted time, but fans don’t go away feeling cheated. Most of the time when you see an artist of this stature, sometimes you have forgotten some of those tunes you end up singing along with.
Fans also shouldn’t take this as a victory lap to a stunning career. He’s re-signed with MCA Records and plans to continue to produce new music as well as do select live performances. But the days of a different city every night are probably coming to an end. Never say never, though. After all, this is the music biz.
In previous shows on the tour Strait and his Ace In The Hole Band ran through the big ones like “Check Yes or No,” “Ocean Front Property,” “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” and many, many more. He even performed a Johnny Cash cover during the encore. It won’t be listed here so as not to spoil the surprise.
How much do fans appreciate Strait’s accomplishments? The “Cowboy Rides Away” was the number one ranking tour in February according to Billboard Magazine. Put that with some of his other accolades which include Artist of the Decade in the 2000s (Academy of Country Music) and his 2006 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Just last year, he was voted the CMA Entertainer of the Year. It’s all deserved. Strait has sold 70 million albums in the United States. That makes him the 12th best-selling singer in America according to the RIAA.
Vince Gill, himself a country legend, opens the show. Gill has been a past CMA Entertainer of the Year and a fellow inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame. That should guarantee a show full of country music passion and fun.
Saturday night, I got a chance to spend an evening with the Eagles at the KFC Yum! Center on the first leg of their new tour called “History of the Eagles” that I covered for Louisville.com. I knew their music – who doesn’t – but I’d never seen them in concert before. As you might imagine, the excitement level was off the chart. Here’s an excerpt that I wrote: Continue reading “The History of the Eagles started in the ‘Ville”
New Kids on the Block headlined “The Package” last night at the KFC Yum! Center. The tour was so named because one band performed for NKOTB, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. What that did for the fans was keep set changes to a minimum. In fact, arena lights stayed dark between Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees because the pause between the two boy bands added up to 90 seconds. Continue reading “The New Kids came to our block”