• The first few pages of the new Louisville Music News website are up and available. The URL is www.LouisvilleMusicNews.com. The site will be under continuing development during the summer months, so check back often.
• Mauriece Hamilton of L'Woo reports that the band is continuing to perform following the departure of Ray Rizzo to tour with Days of the New. The group will follow the Steely Dan mode of having a rotating crew of players join them. Potential subs include Pete Peterson, Jimmy McCarthy, Paul Culligan and Sativa Gumbo. The first July gig is the 17th at Picassos in E-town, followed by a July 30 show at Gerstle's, with 100 Acre Wood. Hamilton and bassist Danny Kiely are also doing dates as a duo.
• Speaking of a certain Louisville-based, nationally successful band (we were, weren't we?), the former members of that group have come back together as C14 and will be playing a show at the Toy Tiger on July 3. Threats of a lawsuit have forced the Tiger to remove the famous band's name from their advertisements.
• The band called The Unknown has linked up with the Rumors' indie record company, Cellar Records, and will be releasing a CD. Look for more about the new configuration in an upcoming column by Jason Koerner.
• The Juggernaut Jug Band has returned from their excursion to Branson, Mo., where they played four sets a day as part of the Great American Music Festival at Silver Dollar City. Leader Fish allowed as to how the trip let them really work on their show and material, even though they had to find a replacement fiddler at the last minute, one Jim Lansford, who lives in the Branson area. Look for the Juggernauts on an upcoming segment of the "Mid City Mix" television program.
• David La Duke's Sinbad Productions sends word that they will release a 2 CD set called Ball One/Strike 2 Double Play, A Metal Salute in September 1999. You can find out all you want to know and more about this project at www.yft.com/ballbusterhard/.
Mr. La Duke also would like me to mention that the Powermad Metal Festival at Tall Cedars Hall, Baltimore, MD on August 20-22. Done.
• Gary Brewer will be releasing his new project, Jimmy Martin Songs for Dinner, on his Stretchgrass Productions label in late July. The project features the Tom T. Hall-written title tune, as well as eleven Martin songs that were hits in the '50s and '60s on the country charts. Brewer brought in several former Sunny Mountain boys, including J. D. Crowe and Doyle Lawson. Other players on the sessions include last year's IBMA Fiddler of the Year Bobby Hicks, tenor wizard Larry Stephenson, plus Terry Eldredge and Terry Smith of the Osborne Brothers.
• Speaking of new releases, Touch `N Go / Quarterstick Records has released two new CDs from Louisville bands, including a new June of 44 project, Anahata, and a new CD from Rachel's, Selenography. For those of you who do not know of these acts, note that Rachel's gets lots of airplay on National Public Radio's various satellite-fed programs. (Rick Carr of the "Anthem" show is a major fan.) The band has a strong European following as well. For a former group of punk rockers, the classically influenced compositions on their several albums is something of a surprise to those encounter it. June of 44 also does some rather unusual things to rock `n' roll. Both are major acts for Touch `N' Go / Quarterstick.
• Nashville-based songwriter, occasional LMN writer and sometime Louisville resident Alan Rhody got a nice write-up in the Fort Bend Songwriters' Association's newsletter in June. The FBSA is based in Houston. Rhody has a few things to say about the world of Nashville songwriting.
• Breaking News: The song "Come Around," co-written by Tim Krekel and Kim Richey will be heard in an upcoming Kevin Costner move about baseball. Look for this movie to be coming out around September. Also, this song will be the first single released from Kim Richey's new album.
• Videographer Jeff Jobson sent LMN a rough copy of his long-anticipated "D.I.Y." video, which covers the Punk/New Wave/Post-Punk scene in Louisville from 1978-83. Jobson has also written an article about the period. As often happens with projects of this sort, the lack of money has hampered its completion. Jobson did suggest that some of the video clips would be usable for the "Mid-City Mix" show. Also, watch for selections from his article in future issues of Louisville Music News,
Jobson is currently living in Seattle with his spouse, folksinger Linny Simkin, and their two young children, including Caroline Elizabeth ("Callie") Jobson, born April 10, 1999.
• Over in Jeffersonville, Mom's Music is holding a seminar/demonstration of a new piece of music software called Cubase VST, wherein the VS stands for Virtual Studio. The date is July 2 at 6 p.m. Call them at 283-3304 for info and reservations.
• The Louisville Youth Orchestra has a pair of summer orchestra opportunities for string players with one to three years of experience. Two camps will be held that feature coaching by string professionals. For more information, contact Melody Welsh-Buchholz at 582-0135.
The LYO is also holding auditions for interested students for the 1999-2000 seasons, beginning Friday, August 20 and running through August 22. For registration, contact Welsh-Buchholz at the number listened above.
• KET2 is introducing a new program called "Mixed Media," which will feature stories about artists and performances from some of them. The program will air on KET@ on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. E.T. / 7 p.m. C.T. Scott Dowd will host.
• Songwriters, take note, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest is accepting entries for the 1999 contest. There's too much about this contest to cover in this space, so just log on to their website at www.jlsc.com. The deadline for entries is August 31, 1999.
• Here's a bit of news for all you songwriters who are collecting royalties from BMI. The performing rights organization is now offering a royalty based debit card account. Best stand back to avoid the stampede.
• All you Louisvillians who were around during the '60s, be sure to read Victoria Moon's Front and Center feature about the new releases from Soul Inc. and other Louisville bands from that period. Look on page 15. Marvin Maxwell has done it again.
• Speaking of contests, the Kyana Blues Society's 1999 Amateur Blues Competition will be held at Stevie Ray's on August 15, 1999. There are still openings for bands; the deadline to entry is July 30, 1999. For information, contact Keith Clements at 502-451-6872 in the evening.
• If you plan to attend the CMJ Music Marathon Musicfest Filmfest '99, better get registered. The dates are September 15-18, 1999 in New York City. Get more info at www.cmj.com/Marathon99.
• According to Jeffrey Lee Puckett of the Courier-Journal, the Mercury Paw will close after July 3, although rumor has it that there might yet be a show later in the month, on a one-time basis. Once again, the Louisville new rock / alt rock scene will be without a regular venue.
• Word comes of more difficulties at the Butchertown Pub, where a sign on the door says "Closed." There's no confirmation of that as yet.
• Raymond John Lechleiter, 71, died on June 2 in Louisville. He was the leader of the old Lechleiter Orchestra and a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 11-637.