• Just for the record, this issue is number 180. That means that Louisville Music News began fifteen years ago in March. But that was then ...
• The Kentucky Headhunters are back in the Barrick Recording in Glasgow, cutting a new, all-covers CD for Sony records. No word on a release date yet.
• There will be a Dare to Care benefit/food raiser at the Rudyard on March 30 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dare to Care got kind of short this winter, so it's necessary to help out. If you are interested in performing, call Mr. Wonderful, Ron Lewis, at 774-1066.
• The guys in A. M. Sunday are reaching further out in their musical journeys. They have collaborated with the Rhythms Of Life Dance Company to produce "Touched," which will be staged at the Bomhard Theatre on April 9 and 10. The Kentucky Arts Council assisted with ye olde cold green stuff.
• While we're talking about A. M. Sunday, take note that the band (plus others) will perform at Headliners on March 5 as part of a Benefit For Hearts In Motion, a group working to help impoverished Guatemalans. The evening will feature two shows: the first, with a $15 ticket, includes dinner and dance from The Rhythms of Life Dance Company and Ballet Espanol. The second show, with a $10 ticket, will feature A. M. Sunday, Valley, Travis Meeks and Timba Son. For more information contact Ray Rizzo at firstname.lastname@example.org
• The boys in Caustic must be serious - they sent email and email and snailmail - all the same message, of course - about their upcoming multi disc CD/DVD package release show, set for The Sun Valley Community Center on March 27. For more details, log onto causticism.com. I guess the barrage worked - this time.
• Jazzin' columnist Marty Kasdan Jr. got LMN a mention in the Courier-Journal a while back but he had to endure some berating to do it. If you missed the story, check his column on Page 9 for the gritty details about being snarled at by the very large Dan Reed. Meanwhile, thanks for the effort Marty.
• LMIA's effort at courting the Louisville Budweiser distributor has paid off in a visible way - the organization has three billboards up around the city, courtesy of the beer distributor. Presumably, various acts will be promoted via a very large picture. Of course, there is that little matter of deciding who gets to be up there ... glad I'm not deciding. Meanwhile, LMIA seems to be intent on taking control of booking in the city, with a total of eighteen shows a month in various clubs.
• Our "Louisville Rock Lowdown" columnist Jason Koerner has returned to the fray with a vengeance - his column is back and it's about his other new activity - radio reporting on WLRS. He's doing "Louisville Rock Lowdown" every Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. or so on Mudd's show. In case you were wondering, he needed some time off to spin a few more plates before returning.
• Music Theatre Louisville has named Steven Jones as it's new executive director, according to MTL board president Norma Oberst. Jones, who was formerly the associate director of Stage One as well as artistic director of Assumption High School's Rose Theatre Company, replaces Sharon Kinnison. Kinnison left to join the theatre department at Louisville Collegiate School.
• Triangle Talent has once again scored the Derby Festival contract for acts. The acts are apparently already selected, as the press release included a list.
• From Leslie Stewart's Reverb newsletter comes this bit of news: "Look for the spring hatching of another local label, as Jazz Factory owner Ken Shapero plans to release an album by trumpeter Matt Lawson on the new Jazz Factory label this spring. Ken expects to release a combination of studio recordings and recordings made in front of a live audience at the club, and has expert recording and production help from folks like Tim Haertel and John La Barbera. "
Also from Reverb is this bit of news that can also serve as a warning to musicians seeking success: two members of My Morning Jacket, . Johnny Quaid and Danny Cash. have bailed out of the band because of all the touring the group does. MMJ is arguably one of the most successful groups from the area, the very dream of all players. Unhappily, it turns out that the `job' requires lots of traveling, which is not to everyone's taste. Who'd a thunk it?
• Dr. Sheldon Schiller, 70, died in Del Ray, Fla., on February 9. He was the leader of the Doctors Band, which he founded in 1967. He was a saxophone player.