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Tunes are rocking into the region

March 22, 2019
Courtesy of the Laid Back Country Picker Facebook page. The Laid Back Country Picker is scheduled to play Honky Tonk Holidays, a Christmas concert fundraiser and toy drive for the local group, Kids Need Christmas.
Courtesy of the Laid Back Country Picker Facebook page. The Laid Back Country Picker is scheduled to play Honky Tonk Holidays, a Christmas concert fundraiser and toy drive for the local group, Kids Need Christmas.

When you think of great Kentucky music stories you always think of country music but one of my favorite Kentucky music stories is all about Rock and Roll. I learned as a reporter during my time over in Clarksville covering Fort Campbell where I interviewed a retiring music store owner who sold Jimi Hendrix his first guitar.

Hendrix was in the 101st Airborne and broke his ankle on his first jump. While laid up he began playing guitar and soon joined up with a fellow Army soldier, West Virginian Billy Cox and the rest is musical history.

Cox, who played with Jimi from Band of Gypsies and Jimi Hendrix Experience and who is a member of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, is keeping Hendrix’ spirit alive in a very cool way. He is part of a special Experience Hendrix 2019 Tour that features an all-star lineup that includes: Joe Satriani, Dave Mustaine from Megadeth, Jonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Johnson, Doug Pinnick from King’s X, Chris Layton from Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Mato Nanji from Indigenous, Kenny Aronoff, Slide Brothers, Henri Brown, Kevin McCormick, Taj Mahal, Ernie Isley, David Hidalgo & Cesar Rosas from Los Lobos, Ana Popovic and other special guests.

Hailed by critics and fans alike as the ‘Guitar Event Of The Year,’ the multi-artist celebration, the Experience Hendrix Tour will encompass 30 performances in March and April, playing in cities along the east coast, midwest and southern states.

Go online at http://experiencehendrixtour.com for more info. Tickets are $62, $72, $92, and $102. Get tickets at tickets.theclaycenter.org.

Tunes for Troops, A Holiday Rock Concert for Honor Flight

Speaking of Kentucky soldiers and music, head over to Getfiddle Custom Shop, 1549 Winchester Ave., Ashland, where there are hosting Tunes for Troops a benefit concert to raise money for care packages for soldiers.

The concert runs 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 22 with The Settlement, Holly and the Guy an Alan Brown. Cost is $5 or four items. Check out the page Care Packages for Kentucky Soldiers on Facebook for more info or call Liza Dixon at 606-694-6486.

Also, being announced at 4:30 p.m. in a press conference at Callihan’s is a Memorial Day Red, White and Rock concert that will take place May 24 at the Boyd County Community Center.

Aaron Kitchen, of the Grayson-based band, The Vindicated said their band has organized the event that will also feature Seth Ferg, The Midnight Ride and Bright Nights. Veterans will get free admission to the show and a portion of the proceeds will go to Honor Flight of Kentucky.

The Vindicated, which has been around since the fall of 2017, will be also releasing a new recording on that day. The Vindicated released its debut single off the record on Feb. 22 and will release a second single on April 12.

Of an interesting note on the album, which was recorded in December 2018 at Oakwood Recording Studios in Lexington, is that the art work was done by legendary heroic fantasy artist, Ken Kelly who is well known for such classic covers for KISS, Rainbow, Coheed and Cambria as well as such comics as Conan The Barbarian, Masters of the Universe and Star Wars.

“To have our band become part of Ken’s artistic body of work is nothing short of a rock and roll dream come true,” said vocalist Red Straker in a release.

Kitchen said they are stoked for the May album release and concert.

“We were looking to make this a good jumping off point and to get out there to a different crowd and raise some money for veterans and for good things,” Kitchen said. “My ultimate goal is to make it an annual event.”

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/OfficialVindicated/ for more info on The Vindicated.

Getting some Laid Back

music at the roller rink

One of my favorite shows in the past year was late last August when the Huntington Music and Arts Festival presented a super fun combo of roller skating and the infectious gravel road grooves of Laid Back Country Picker.

This weekend, you can experience some of that Laid Back in the rink vibe as The Chemical Valley Rollergirls will open their 2019 season in style at noon Saturday, March 23, at Skateland in Altizer with a side-dish of music by the quirky and top shelf Laid Back, who last year played Bonnaroo and the Ryman Auditorium.

Laid Back is playing before their bout with the Appalachian Hell Betties and at half time as well. Tickets are $8 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for kids five and under.

The afterparty location is Fat Patty’s in downtown Huntington.

Too cool for school

A great program with the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame is their Music Career Counseling Program. This Friday, March 22, they will visit Man High School in Logan County with Mark Davis (musician/educator), Vince Lewis (jazz guitarist), Debbie Matthews (caterer) and Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. (singer/entertainer) to speak to students about careers in the music industry.

The WVMHoF’s Music Career Counseling Program was created to address the out-migration of West Virginia’s young adults and to counter the perception among students that they must leave the state in order to secure a viable career.

Utilizing the talent and experience of West Virginians who have established successful careers in the music industry, students are exposed to many career opportunities - both performing and non-performing - that exist in the music industry.

Non-performing careers include audio/video engineering, producing, tech and stage hands, tour managing, catering, wardrobe, chiropractors, booking agents, photographers and writers.

Horseburner firing off

The Parkersburg stoner metal unit Horseburner has blazed a trail to the V Club early and often in its 10-year-history, and they are back at 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, the V Club, 741 6th Ave. with Embracer, Signals and Cavern. Cover is $10 at the door for those 18 and up.

The band (Adam Nohe - Drums/Vocals, Jack Thomas - Guitar/Vocals, Seth Bostick - Bass and Zach Kaufman - Guitar) just unleashed a new song, “Hand of Gold, Man of Stone” that was streamed exclusively through The Obelisk. It’s the hard-traveling band’s first new song in nearly three years.

The single comes off of the band new album, “The Thief,” that will be coming out on Ripple Music with the release date ETA.

After the V Club visit, the band is then set to chalk up some 16 dates through Spring running up to Canada, and back down through Maine, Vermont and East Coast before rolling back home.

Friday’s V Club show will be one of the last four for guitarist Zach Kaufman who is stepping away from the band.

According to the band’s website, the band has picked up Nicholas Burks from Louisville’s Stonecutters to play second guitar through April and a few May dates.

Go online at www.horseburner.com for more info.

Best concert deals ever

With Mountain Stage in Charleston, the Capital city is always sitting on some great concerts for an incredible price. And indeed you can catch Grammy winners like Tim O’Brien and Alison Brown Band, as well as The Honey Dewdrops, Charles Wesley Godwin and The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys (the IBMA emerging artists of the year in 2018) at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 24,at the Culture Center Theater. Tickets are only $20 in advance.

Go online at www.mountainstage.org for more info on other incoming live show tapings.

And speaking of great concerts for a more than reasonable price Winter Jam’s Tour 360 stops into Charleston at 6 p.m. Head up to Charleston at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 23. It is Christian music’s largest annual tour and one of the top rst quarter tours in the world.

Admission is a $15 donation at the door (no ticket required) to see a diverse lineup helmed by supergroup Newsboys United.

Comprised of current members Michael Tait, Duncan Phillips, Je’ Frankenstein and Jody Davis, along with former members Peter Furler and Phil Joel as well as Grammy-nominated former “American Idol” nalist Danny Gokey; Grammy-winning recording artist and “Overcomer” hitmaker Mandisa; Northern Ireland’s “Count Every Blessing” worshippers Rend Collective; Skillet drummer and female solo rocker Ledger, Grammy-nominated tour creators and hosts NewSong; and Dove Award-nominated Gotee recording artist Hollyn.

In addition, the Pre-Jam Party is slated to feature hip-hop recording artist Ty Brasel; rockers Manic Drive; singer/songwriter Dan Bremnes; and special guest former Stellar Kart and Audio Adrenaline frontman Adam Agee.

The tour will also include a Gospel presentation from Dare2Share speakers Greg Stier or Zane Black. Jam Nation starts at 3:30 p.m., with doors and the pre-Jam party at 5 p.m.

Dave Lavender writes about music for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at lavender@herald-dispatch.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.

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