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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 Festival preview: An interview with Kentucky’s Sleeper Agent is forthcoming

Well we’re only a few days out from Forecastle Festival X right here in good ole’ Louisville, Kentucky. The midwest’s music, art and activism mecca will be going down on Louisville’s Waterfront Park, and you can bet your ass I’ll be going gonzo all weekend long. So, I’m sitting here assembling my little hit list for the festival so I can recap what I think ought to be recapped about the who, the what and the why. Of course, on that list are Kentucky-based bands out the ass. Why? Because that’s just what I seem to obsess over in my little so-called music journalistic endeavors. Ken-fuckin-tucky…


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My Morning Jacket’s Two-Tone Tommy talks about curating Louisville’s Forecastle Festival, band members’ solo projects, Grammy nods and what’s next for MMJ.

Two-Tone Tommy Blankenship – Photo by Paul Wellman There’s a lot going on these days in the life of My Morning Jacket bassist Two-Tone Tommy Blankenship. When you’re a member of one of the music industry’s most popular live alternative rock-n-roll bands, you tend to not have too much time for things other than music and your career. With MMJ’s focus on curating Louisville’s Forecastle Festival, the boys are looking at music with a different focus; through their Louisville-lenses, so to speak, more so than other shows they play. It’s hard to believe that back in 2002 Forecastle Festival started…


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Forecastle Festival to celebrate 10th anniversary show with My Morning Jacket headlining and curating

The Forecastle Festival – Louisville’s nautically-themed summertime celebration of music, art, and environmental activism – has announced that My Morning Jacket will headline and assist in curating the festival’s tenth anniversary. The 3-day event will take place July 13 – 15, 2012, at Louisville’s scenic, award-winning Waterfront Park. My Morning Jacket, whose original members hail from Louisville and currently reside in the city, will headline Saturday night, as well as collaborate with producers on the sights, sounds and experiences of the entire festival weekend. Celebrating its 10th year, the festival will pay homage to its past, present, and future, highlighting…