Paul Moffett

Down On The Corner
By Paul Moffett

Down on the Corner

By Paul Moffett

• The "Local Music on the Radio" story in the July issue was predicted to get some responses, mostly from folks we left out. Those predictions were, of course, entirely accurate.

First, Rick Forrest from WFPK sent e-mail lamenting the omission of his evening program, Jazz Etc., which airs from 8 p.m. -midnight on the New 92. He plays Louisville recordings in regular rotation and interviews Louisville musicians frequently, plus playing lots of newer jazz.

Brian Tucker was inspired to call and note that, while he's not on the radio, he does maintain a website he calls Louisville's Local Music Headquarters. The URL is

David La Duke continues his task of promoting heavy metal with a new website for his BallBuster zine. The address is The Ballbuster magazine is also involved with staging PowerMad 1998, a music showcase/festival in Baltimore, MD on August 21-23. Check that websit.

Aerosmith fans, take note. The cancelled show of May 19 at Freedom Hall has been rescheduled for December 9 at Freedom Hall. If you bought tickets for that event and didn't get refunds, those tickets will be honored at the December event.

• LMN CD reviewer Brent Starkey of Cherub Scourge says the band is working on a new CD for the Better Days label, breaking in a new drummer and guitarist, plus they're getting ready to leave on a tour through Texas and across the Southeast. That's why he hasn't reviewed anything lately, he says. Likely story. Have fun, guys and carry extra water - your timing isn't the best.

• In case you missed the news, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced that their annual World of Bluegrass event will be held in Louisville through the year 2001. This year, the gathering of bluegrass fans and pickers will be held on October 19-25 at the Galt House, with the awards show at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Mark your calendars, make your reservations now and schedule that vacation.

IN 1999, the dates are October 19-25; in 2000, October 16-22 and in 2001, September 24-30.

• The "Michigan Jake" quartet from the Louisville Times Chorus took the silver medal at the International Competition at the 60th annual convention of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA) in Atlanta over the 4th of July weekend. The competition involves 48 quartets from 21 choruses worldwide. The Louisville Times Chorus placed 6th in the International Chorus Competition. The Times Chorus was the smalled group at 37 members, with the remaining groups ranging from 120-130 members.

Fish & Brooks Records has announced the addition of Eddie Humphries' CD, Someone's There, to their roster.

The Louisville Youth Orchestra has announced audition registration for interested students through the age of 21 for their 40th Anniversary season. The auditions will be held on August 22 and 23. For more information, call Melody Welch at 582-0135.

Rick Wagner called the other day to pass on the word that he will begin hosting his "Rick Wagner and Friends" show on Wednesdays at the Air Devils Inn. Sit-ins are invited. Wagner previously ran the same show at the old Flashback.

Chaz Rough is also returning to the Open Mic/Artist Night fold with his "Black Coffee Artist Night" every Thursday from 7 - 9 p.m. at the john conti coffeehouse in the Highlands, beginning August 6. Sign-up starts at 7 p.m.

• Most of the time, when band members leave an act, the attitude is "the less said, the better." Not so with Rose to Laura, however. Their bassist, Wes Houp, is leaving to pursue a doctoral degree in English Lit in Pennsylvania and they're having a bit of a "going-away" gig at A1A in Lexington on August 7. The date will alsol feature an announcement about their upcoming full-length CD.

• We got this bit of e-mail about a stolen guitar. I pass it along without comment.

"People, please HELP me out here. On July 16, my 70's eggshell white MAYA telecaster copy was stolen from my Snitzelburg home. It was banged up, with White-Out in chips and a homemade, square-edged switchplate. Please let me know if you see it at pawnshop, music store or wherever. Small reward and large gratitude. Thanks at Gerald 502-634-8965."

• For Lexington opera lovers, the Kentucky Opera is offering "Verdi on Vine" on August 22, 6 p.m., at the Radisson Hotel Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $39 per person. For reservations, call 1-800-690-9236.

• If you live in La Grange, the Kentucky Opera will bring you "Opera on Main" at the BiScotty Bistro on August 17. Call 502-584-4500 for reservations.

Hawley-Cooke Booksellers on Shelbyville Road is hosting three book signings on August 22 that should be of interest to Elvis fans. The event is titled "Whole Lotta Elvis Goin' On!' and will include these authors: from 2 to 3 p.m., Scotty Moore and James Dickerson will sign That's Alright, Elvis, the story of Elvis' first manager, Scotty Moore; at the same time, author Dickerson will sign and discuss his recent book Women on Top, about the dominance of women artists on the Top 20 album charts; and from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Vince Staten will sign and discusss The Real Elvis: Good Old Boy, his 1978 biography, now re-released in a Special 20th Anniversary Edition.

• KET will present a rerun of their Jubilee show featuring The Lonesome River Band on August 6 at 9/10 p.m.

• Never one to let a good idea die, John Gage has revived the radio show "Louisville Homefront Performances" as "Kentucky Homefront Performances." He has been recording Kentucky artists here and there about the state. The show will be broadcast on the new public radio network originating out of Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky on WRVG. A precise premier date was not available at press time.

• From up Bloomington, Indiana way comes word that the Housemarys have been picked as one of twelve of Musician magazines 1998 Best Unsigned Bands. Congrats, guys.

• Club Openings and Closings

The Headliner's Music Hall at 1348 Lexington Road has opened for business after some delays. The 500-seat club, which has excellent line-of-sight views, will feature middle-level national acts and local bands. It will be open Wednesday-Saturday and on other days for occasional concerts. The phone number is 584-8088.

The Butchertown Pub has closed, at least until the Fall, according to owner John Hagen. While Hagen was quoted in the Courier-Journal as saying that the closing was for "remodeling," business has been slow for some time and several employees were recently laid off. No information about scheduled shows is currently available.

• MIDI music maven Joel Timothy will present a pair of workshops on MIDI and Performer software on Saturday, August 15, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Class size is limited to 15. for more information, call 895-3811 or e-mail

• The terrific photo of Patty Griffin on page 15 was taken by Detroit photographer Kathleen Wayt, 734-513-7724.


Robert W. (Bill) Hawkins, 48, died on June 24 in Louisville. He died of a heart attack while undergoing kidney dialysis.

Hawkins was the original founder of Guitar Emporium. According to Jimmy Brown, current owner of the Guitar Emporium, Hawkins talked him into becoming his partner in the business during a break at a gig. Hawkins subsequently left for higher-paying employment but returned some years later to work as a salesman. Brown said that Hawkins, like Roy Gentry of the Doo Wop Shop, was a pioneer in vintage guitars in Louisville.

He was the father of "Screaming" John Hawkins of Edenstreet and was, according to Brown, "very proud" of his son's success.

Dora Mae Wagers, 71, died in London, Ky on July 20. She played banjo, guitar, mandolin and fidlle and performed with the Original Coon Creek Girls, as well as the Home Brew Holler Clan, the Hank Darrell Band, Old Joe Clark and the Baker Brothers.. She was also a regular country performer at Renfro Valley.

New York - July 9, 1998 • Multi-platinum hard rock act Megadeth, announced today that they have decided to replace drummer, Nick Menza with Jimmy DeGrasso. Founder and frontman, Dave Mustaine explains "we've had a lot of good years with Nick, but the band's relationship with him had run it's course. We came to that conclusion after Jimmy stepped in mid-June to cover concert dates for Nick, who had taken a leave of absence to have a benign (non-cancerous) cyst removed from his knee. We wish Nick well and hope the best for him." Co-founder and bassist David Ellefson concurs, "Nick was a big part of Megadeth's growth over the last four albums, however it became apparent to all of us that it would be in everyone's best interest to move on."