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Great Video – Last Letter Home with Bernie Lubbers/Hickory Vaught

This video, produced by Mark Cowherd, gives you a great feel for the Bernie Lubbers/Hickory Vaught show at the Haymarket Whiskey Bar, which I wrote about last week. Bernie and Hickory take you through the history of bourbon with story and song. This is “Last Letter Home” about a Civil War soldier fighting and dying for the Conferderate cause. I had a pretty good seat!

Bourbon + Bluegrass + History = Hit Show

There just may not be enough bourbon-themed tourist attractions in this town, so it was time for someone to create an entertaining Bluegrass music/Bourbon history show.

So says comedian Bernie Lubbers, the self-proclaimed Whiskey Professor, who along with mandolin-picker Hickory Vaught has created a 75-minute show touted as “an all-sensory historical live musical performance piece.”

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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  

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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

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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…