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“Take It From Tara!” – A Personal Dream Come True

How many of us wake up every day and can’t wait to jump out of bed and start our day earning a living and making a difference, not only in our own lives but  hopefully in the lives of others? I, for one, do NOW. I finally “got it”…I just had to follow my father’s excellent advice to find something I loved to do and figure out how to earn a living doing it! Years in the Louisville media working for various corporate entities made me aware of the challenges of starting a show of my own. Thanks to Crescent…


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Interview: Ben Sollee shares savvy sentiments at The Seelbach Bar

In this exclusive interview from the historic Old Seelbach Bar inside Louisville’s Seelbach Hotel, cello-rocker Ben Sollee shared his candid thoughts about the making of his new album Half Made Man, those whom he collaborated with to make it, musicians who he’d still like to collaborate with in the future, and his views on the Presidential race and what’s at stake. To watch the entire interview please visit LouisvilleScuttlebutt.com  


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Album review: Ben Sollee, “Half-Made Man”

Ben Solllee Half-Made Man Tin Ear Records Produced by Ben Sollee Available: September 25, 2012 Kentucky cellist transforms pop-rock with his jazz, folk, Americana-bluegrass roots. To read the entire review, please go to LouisvilleScuttlebutt.com


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – Go Global for Lunch at WorldFest

Make that a World Feast this weekend as the Belvedere becomes the largest al fresco dining establishment in the region this weekend. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of WorldFest on Friday, Saturday and  Sunday at  from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Dinners, desserts, plate lunches, products, and appetizers  from around the world as well as around the Louisville Metro brings culinary cultures together along the Ohio River. Local independent merchants will bring the best of their menus for the hungry crowds who have made WorldFest one of the Top 10 winners in the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s Judge’s Award for Fall Festivals…



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Jim James one of many musicians to collaborate with Preservation Hall Jazz Band for their 50th anniversary celebration

Download: “St. James Infirmary, Part. 1” with Jim James In commemoration and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the iconic venue Preservation Hall, the prolific New Orleans jazz legends Preservation Hall Jazz Band are set to release a live recording of the band’s acclaimed January 7th performance at Carnegie Hall.  Entitled St. Peter and 57th (September 25, Rounder Records), the album will feature a number of special guests from an assortment of genres including, George Wein, Del McCoury Band, Allen Toussaint, Ed Helms, GIVERS, Steve Earle, Tao Seeger, My Morning Jacket,Trombone Shorty, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), King Britt, Blind Boys of Alabama, and Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs. This performance was a family reunion in many ways, as…


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Review: My Morning Jacket & Kentucky musicians elevate Forecastle Festival to a whole new level

You wanna know what Forecastle Festival is like? Ok. It’s a little something like this: Music. Art(ists). Ecology. Louisville-lovers. Dirty hippie dudes. Dirty hippie dames. Beardos. Rollie Fingers’ staches. Dreadlocks. Tye-dye. Bassheads. Potheads. River-bathers. Burlesque performances. Tree-huggers. Socialists. Liberals. Journalists. Hacky-sack circles. Sweaty people drinking PBR. Sweaty people making out. Sweaty people drinking PBRs and making out. Teenage make-shift obstacle hurdlers. Pervasive Mary Jane aromas. Muhammad Ali portraits in the head. The Mayor in VIP. Yep, this is how it went down on the banks of the Ohio River when more than 35,000 people jumbled together to celebrate Louisville, right…


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Forecastle Festival 2012: Sleeper Agent talks about their influences, their thoughts on fellow Kentucky musicians, and their new album.

Leading up to their Forecastle Festival performance on Friday the 13th, founding members of Kentucky’s Sleeper Agent, Alex Kandel (vocals) and Tony Smith (lead guitar) chatted with me on a few things like their influences, what they think of other Kentucky musicians, Alex’s recent nomination into the latest Rolling Stone readers poll, and what their new album holds. Jason Ashcraft: I’m here with Kentucky’s own Sleeper Agent, Tony and Alex, how are you all doing today?  Tony Smith: Pretty good  Alex Kandel: Yeah, we’re doing good.  Excellent. So here we are at Forecastle Festival 2012, and it’s Friday the 13th….


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Forecastle X: Interview with Rachel Grimes

Straight-up Louisville post-rock but with a dash of wooded folk and oft-haunting dual vocals, King’s Daughters and Sons are just one of two avenues for checking out the stylings of Rachel Grimes this weekend. LouisvilleKY.com’s Forecastle X preview coverage continues as Louisville-native Rachel Grimes speaks to the differences between solo and collaborative efforts, whether or not a city can have a “sound” and her favorite places to perform.


Forecastle X: Interview with Wax Fang’s Scott Carney

Wax Fang’s relatively angst-free, smile-on-your-face jams are exceedingly refreshing in an age dominated by either the stripped-down or overly digitized. LouisvilleKY.com’s Forecastle X preview coverage continues with singer/guitarist/songwriter Scott Carney speaking of “quadraphonic love affairs”, the power of the local music scene, forthcoming Wax Fang releases and much more.