• Kicking off another year of reporting on the goings-on of the Louisville music scene, I resolve not to rant `n' rave anymore about the Louisville Live! (gagbarf) project. They be tryin', anywho.
My other resolutions for die Neu Jahr include swearing off proclaiming this or that music style is the "next big thing." That one won't be hard to keep.... Otherwise, my only real ambition for the next year is to get my web code to a place where it does what I want it to when I want it to. That one might be a tad bit more problematic.
My suggested resolution for all you music fans is to go hear more live music next year. Otherwise, we are likely to find ourselves really stuck for someplace to go hear music when that occasional urge hits. Read the Upcoming section and mark your choices, then hang it on the fridge. Or check into the online calendar at www.louisvillemusicnews.com. I spend a lot of time and effort keeping that thing up-to-date and, dare I say it, I generally my quite successful.
Of course, you can also logon to the LMN website (URL is in the header on this page.) and see the most current listening for your date of choice, club of choice, part of town and so on. That's the best choice.
• Also to kick off the New Year is an errata section: last month, I misidentified Damfarm girl Sarah Guthrie as Sarah Lee Guthrie, the daughter of Arlo. I apologized to Ms. Guthrie in person and she was most gracious in accepting my apology.
• Two thousand and two also saw a large number of CDs released by Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Indiana acts. This is good in that the music is down in a fixed form. It's also good that musicians here understand that they have to have merchandise to sell if they want to make any money at all in the music.
• The Kentucky Country Music Association has given their 2002 Vocal Group of the Year Award to the Kentucky Sisters from Fairdale, KY. The award was presented at a ceremony at the Music Ranch in West Point, KY on December 28,
• The episode of "In Performance at the Governor's Mansion" to be broadcast by KET1 on Sunday, January5 at 9 p.m. EST and again on KET 2 Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST will feature two Louisville acts, Ray Johnson, pianist at Jack Fry's and the Juggernaut Jug Band. The third act will be the Lexington-based Saxton's Cornet Band, a brass band that plays music from the Civil War era.
• The band 24/Seven sent out a recent email inviting fans to their `last' shows - followed by a note that they would post more on their website.
• James Smith won the round three of the Louisville finals for the in-progress TV show called "Nashville Star" that were held at Coyote's in December. The next round will be held in Nashville.
• Bluegrass picker Chris Brandstatt has returned to his hometown of Hannibal, Mo. to help care for his ailing mother. He was uncertain of when he might get back to town.
• We learn from music publicist extraordinaire Leslie Stewart that My Morning Jacket, has been signed to Dave Matthews' label, ATO, home to Patty Griffin, David Gray and Gov't Mule. This one was a no-brainer, I think, given the crowds MMJ has managed to draw.
• The Kentucky Center for the Arts is holding auditions for Audio Description volunteers to describe on-stage action and broadcast that information to visually-impaired patrons through FM listening devices. Auditions will be held on Friday, January 10 at 5 p.m. and Saturday, January 11, at 9 & 11 a.m.. To schedule an audition, contact Access Services Coordinator Stacy Ridgway at 502-562-0111.
The Louisville Youth Orchestra will hold auditions on January 12, 20903 for youth musicians through age 21 for the second semester of the 2002-2003 season. Instruments needed are violin, viola, cello, bass, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone and percussion. For more information, contact Executive Director Melody Welsh-Buchholz at 502-584-0135.
• Larry Dexter Adams, 64, died in Louisville on Sunday, December 1. He was a pianist at Bucks Restaurant.<