Bluegrass Breakout kicks off with new tunes from The Infamous Stringdusters and your favorite locals from the region.
Our first Thursday show went off without a hitch! Be sure and join Angela every Thursday for grass-fed, cage-free tunes!
Senora May's Sweet Thing Jamboree 2019
Words fail to give due justice to the incredible ladies and their music that filled the Steam Engine Session Room January 26th for the historic all-female lineup at Senora May's Sweet Thing Jamboree. But I will say that I hope, no I pray, that this is the first of many such events that highlight the women in Appalachian Music.
The best way to give you an idea of the magnitude of awesome on display is to let you hear them for yourself. So please, take some time and give these women your time and a fair listen.
You'll be glad you did!
Jeri Katherine Howell
From her website: Jeri Katherine Howell is an Americana singer-songwriter and rhythm guitarist from Frankfort, Kentucky who commands each performance with her sweet and soulful voice, thought-provoking lyrics, and joyful presence. "From an early age, Jeri Katherine has shown a remarkable sensibility to express a wide range of emotions in the traditional styles of Americana, Appalachian, and Roots music," states Brian Baker - longtime fan and folk music enthusiast. "For many years, there has been no need to add such words as 'new' or 'up and coming' when describing Jeri Katherine, but more appropriate to simply say that she is one of the finest Americana singer/songwriters in the country."
Anna Kline of Grits and Soul
At the heart of Grits & Soul are Anna Kline and John Looney.
Their seamless harmonies and stirring melodies will tear your heart in two. For seven years now, the duo has traveled the globe spreading the gospel of Southern sound. Their partnership converges at the crossroads of bluegrass and classic country, Southern soul and blues.
Chloe Edmonstone is a force to be reckoned with in the current music scene of our region! Although she is a founding member of the old time string band Locust Honey, you can often see and hear her playing and singing with John R. Miller and other well-known artists. During the all-girl festival, Chloe led a 6 member band and wowed the crowed with her fiddle skills playing alongside Senora.
Melody Youngblood is a singer-songwriter originally from the pacific northwest now living in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains in Berea Ky. Her songwriting expresses deep vulnerability and tenderness that cuts to the heart of old wounds and deep seated personal struggle. She participated in a program called “The Americana Project” Which is an innovative arts education program since she was 16.
She has a new cd available titled "Sweet Isolation." You can hear the title track in the video below.
Jenn Shouse has the voice of an angel, incredible song-writing abilities and is a master musician to boot! She rarely performs without her husband Chris Shouse, who is equally talented. (You may remember Chris from The 23 String Band). But on this rare occasion, Jenn took the stage alone. She still left with the hearts of every person in the audience. She and Chris often appear at area festivals, but in case you aren't a concert or festival enthusiast, visit their website and purchase their cd called "Gray Space." It is a SOLID favorite here at Pickup Country.
Laura Gregory is not your ordinary artist or musician. And we LOVE her that way! She plays drums, accordion and on occasion, she even plays upright base for a band called The Handshake Deals. They are a Wolfe County, KY/Red River Gorge area based band comprised of Laura Gregory, Casey Papendieck, and Cory Shen. Trust me when I tell you that you haven't seen anything quite like them and they sure know how to bring a fun and energetic show!
From Whitesburg, KY, these ladies call their music "contraceptive rock" and rock indeed they did. The floor of the Steam Engine Session Room was bouncing from fans dancing along to the performance of Slut Pill. Comprised of lead singer and guitarist Mitchella Phipps, bass guitarist Carrie Wells and Paulina Vazquez on drums, the band can really rock it out!
Straddling the junction of the Ohio River and the Mississippi, Waldon was born in Ballard County, Kentucky, and raised in one the county’s even smaller, unincorporated communities, lovingly named Monkey’s Eyebrow. The destination has been spotlighted by NPR and Roadside America, but the Western Kentucky town is about as “rural America” as it gets. Waldon’s family roots in the Bluegrass State date back over ten generations, from tobacco farmers to cattle raisers, and a general cast of real strong-spirited characters. “Farming and planting tobacco were some of the first jobs I had growing up,” she says; but dating back even farther, to some of her very first memories, is her relationship with music. Inspired by ‘a melting pot of influences’, Waldon took notes from a wide variety, spanning from legends like Merle Haggard and Mavis Staples, to bluegrass luminaries Ralph Stanley and Ricky Skaggs, and songwriting greats John Prine, Bob Dylan, and Townes Van Zandt. When she picked up the guitar at 13, she never looked back.
Luna and the Mountain Jets
Always a favorite, Luna and the Mountain Jets is an Appalachian rock band from Eastern Kentucky. The core of the group is the husband and wife team of Teresa (guitar vocals) and Dave Prince (guitar/mandolin/vocals).As a duo, they draw material from their three CDs of original songs, which ranges from electric folk to Americana/twang rock. Teresa kept the crowd at Steam Engine fired up through their set, all the while sporting a Senora May shirt. If you have opportunity to see David and Teresa Prince in concert, whether as Luna and the Mountain Jets or as Laid Back Country Picker and Honey, you are sure to have fun!
Senora started our day playing the first set when a scheduled artist was unable to make it. And she closed our night with the same bright smile, sweet voice and exuberant energy she shared nearly eight hours later! Senora May is quickly rising to the tip top and beyond of the current music scene. Her songs are original but provoke a nostalgia, a longing for simpler times and a reveal a genuine grit the Estill County, KY native possesses.
Her album "Lainheart" is a standard and a favorite at WSKV. Give it a listen and it will be your favorite as well. And please agree with me as we pray that Senora will take the lead and continue hosting The Sweet Thing Jamboree for years to come. The first one certainly felt historic enough to repeat.
The first annual Pickup Country Homegrown Holiday Show was a blast to put together and share. It was great to work with so many beloved local artists willing to share their gifts and talents to help us all celebrate the season! And speaking of gifts and talents, Sticks Stones and Stitches in Stanton, KY is helping Pickup Country make your holiday a little brighter with a special TEXT CODE added to the repeat broadcast on the December 22nd at 4PM AND the audio player below. When you text the code to 606-663-2811, you can be one of 5 winners chosen at random to receive a unique handcrafted item from Sticks Stones and Stitches!! Winners will be drawn on Monday, December 24th and notified by text message.
Tune in to 104.9FM or click the "Listen Live" button at www.wskvfm.com on Saturday December 22nd at 4PM for a re-airing of The Pickup Country Homegrown Holiday Show. The show will also repeat December 24th and 25th at 8PM
Special thanks to our sponsors making the show possible including Big E Insurance, Alight Marketing, Massage by Lindsey, Blessings Floral Design, and Whitaker Bank. Also a big thank you to the long list of artists who contributed to the show and made our first one so much fun!
Pickup Country had the pleasure of welcoming Nick Dittmeier into the studio where he shared this thoughts on country music, songwriting and his new album titled "All Damn Day." He was also gracious enough to share a few of the new tracks with us. Listen to the full interview below and hear his tunes when you listen like a local with Pickup Country 104.9FM!
The Mastersons Magic Event to Benefit the Leeds Center for the Arts in Winchester, KY November 30, 2018
Today, Reed Masterson gave a us a call to share information about this fantastic fundraiser event to benefit the Leeds Center for the Arts in Winchester, KY. Give the interview a listen and then call and get your tickets!! More details below:
21st Century Magic: Keeping the Arts ALIVE Tour
Location: LEEDS Center for the Arts - 37 N Main Street Winchester, KY 40391
Date: Friday, November 30, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: General Admission $15 - VIP $50
Purchase Online at mastersonsmagic.com/leeds-tickets (or) Call 859-744-6437
Performance Length: Approx. 105 Mins including a 15-20 Min Intermission.
Description: 21st Century Magic is what Reed & Ashton like to call a “High Energy, High Impact, Magic & Illusion Show”. It is a strategically combined mix of Brain-Bending New Age Illusions, Highly Trained Rescue Animals, Ridiculous Stunts, Breath-Taking Escapes, Audience Participation, and just “The Absolute Correct Amount of Comedic Relief”. The Alban Arts Center described it as “A Phenomenal, Vegas Quality Show”. With their signature Rock Star Style and “Larger than Life Personalities” in high demand, this duo is guaranteed to be a “Smash Hit”.
!!!TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!
Since 1925 LEEDS Center for the Arts has been the #1 place to witness LIVE entertainment in downtown Winchester, KY. In fundraising efforts, for one night only, Join The Mastersons on their mission to "Keep the Arts ALIVE in Small Town America"! Their Award Winning show "21st Century Magic" will not only raise money for the theatre, but help to build awareness of the Performing Arts in and around Clark County.
For the past 10 years The Mastersons have raised 1,000's of dollars for historic theatres just like LEEDS across the country. With a long history of sell out performances resulting in people being turned away at the door. We recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance to guarantee your seat.
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Blues man, Jeremy Short took the stage at Kickin' It On the Creek 2018 as a solo fill-in with only his guitar and left the audience in awe. You can hear more of Jeremy and other artists from the Little Ross Creek Festival on Pickup Country on Saturday nights 9-Midnight.
Find more of Jeremy's music at ShortandCompanyMusic.com
We've put together a few of our favorites from his set that you're sure to enjoy.
In Studio - KY Native Country Artist Dustin Collins Headlines Bluegrass Rockin' Rodeo at Alltech Arena November 17th
Nashville artist Dustin Collins, of Bardstown, Kentucky, stopped in the studio to talk about his upcoming show headlining at the Bluegrass Rockin' Rodeo at Alltech Arena. Dustin is headlining a concert at the rodeo - an International Pro Rodeo event. Friday, Nov. 16 is Family Fun Night and Saturday will include 90 of the best cowboys and cowgirls in the country as they compete in calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and more.
Check out the interview below and visit his official website for more of his music.
Listen To It’s Been Awhile:
More On Dustin Collins:
A true road warrior, Collins spent hundreds of thousands of miles on the road playing in honky tonks, fairs and festivals throughout the midwest and his home state of Kentucky, including a slot on Aaron Watson's Vaquero Tour, as well as opening for Chris Janson, Granger Smith, Kane Brown and many more. The emerging singer-songwriter’s independent single, "Cold Dead Hands," ascended to No. 1 on the Billboard Singles Sales chart and his new album It’s Been Awhile landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.
Fun Stuff to Know!