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Arts and Humanities
2:49 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Byline: Music City Hit-Makers with the Louisville Orchestra

Songwriters Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson with their Grammy Award for "Jesus, Take the Wheel," recorded by Carrie Underwood.

On today's Byline, I welcomed Grammy Award-winning songwriter Brett James and composer Charlie Judge, two of the members of the Music City Hit-Makers team. James has written songs for Kenny Chesney ("Out Last Night," "When the Sun Goes Down") and Carrie Underwood (including the Grammy Award-winner "Jesus, Take the Wheel"), as well as Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Tim McGraw and dozens of other chart-topping artists.

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Arts and Humanities
12:34 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Forecastle Pre-Sale Begins This Week

Tickets for the annual Forecastle Festival in Louisville go on sale Friday. A limited number of $100 three-day  passes will be available on the Forecastle website at noon. All other ticketing options, including VIP tickets and single-day passes, will go on sale at a later date.

This year's Forecastle Festival will be held July 12-14 at Waterfront Park. The festival line-up has not yet been released. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:39 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Louisville Orchestra Features Own Principal Clarinetist on Weber Concerto

The Louisville Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Ryan McAdams to the Kentucky Center this weekend, and a familiar face from the wind section will also take the spotlight. 

McAdams will lead the Orchestra in Friday’s performance, which includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherezade,” inspired by the classic tales of “1001 Arabian Nights,” and the Louisville premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s “Sidereus,” a nine-minute overture commissioned by a consortium of 35 orchestras.

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Arts and Humanities
4:14 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Kentucky Native Joins Orchestra for Special Concert

Tessa Lark

The Louisville Orchestra will thank its donors with a special concert on December 5 at the Brown Theatre. The program is free for supporters of the season, but all are welcome to make a donation at the door in lieu of tickets. Led by music director Jorge Mester, the program will feature Gioachino Rossini's Overture to The Barber of Seville, Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor and Wolfgang Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G Minor. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:07 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

A Few Honest Words: New Book Explores Pop Music in Kentucky

  • An interview with author Jason Howard about his new book, "A Few Honest Words."

WFPL's Erin Keane speaks with Kentucky author Jason Howard about his new book, “A Few Honest Words: the Kentucky Roots of Popular Music."

In the book's introduction, Howard quotes songwriter Harlan Howard when he writes, “if there is a creed that defines roots music, it is that it consists of ‘three chords and a truth.’”

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Jeffrey Lee Puckett on Music Criticism

Erin Keane WFPL News

Courier-Journal music writer Jeffrey Lee Puckett was awarded the Governor's Award in the Arts this year. On Friday's Byline, he joined WFPL's Erin Keane, and host Gabe Bullard, to talk about writing about music. He discussed what it's like to review local acts in a town where everyone knows everyone else, and revealed that his very first beat at the C-J involved bases, not basses.

Arts and Humanities
4:08 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Courier-Journal Music Writer Wins Governor's Award

Erin Keane WFPL News

The Kentucky Arts Council has announced the recipients of this year’s Governor’s Awards in the Arts. Long-time Courier-Journal music writer Jeffrey Lee Puckett is among the honorees.

The Governor’s Awards are the commonwealth’s highest honor in the arts. The annual awards recognize individuals and businesses who have made a significant impact on the Kentucky arts landscape. They’re awarded in nine categories, including media. 

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Local News
12:59 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Four Louisville Radio Stations Up for Sale

The Cox Media Group is selling its radio stations in Louisville.

The Atlanta-based conglomerate has purchased TV stations in Florida and Oklahoma, and will sell its properties in several cities to focus on larger markets. The stations up for sale in Louisville are: 

Arts and Humanities
9:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Low Fidelity: Artist Makes Tape at Forecastle

Nave recording booth at Forecastle Festival.
Erin Keane WFPL News

Visitors to the Forecastle Festival in Louisville last weekend may have noticed a unique installation—a recording booth for making impromptu tapes. 

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Arts and Humanities
9:30 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Louisville Music Entrepreneur Launches Digital Video Platform

Todd Smith has been a musician, a record producer and most recently, the owner of a record label, the now-defunct Louisville-based Label X. He says Label X did everything right – solid artists with fans, radio play, coveted television spots – but none of that translated into sustainable record sales.

“After the digital revolution and file sharing and everything, consumers began to think of recorded music as a free commodity. You saw record sales in free-fall. The revenue model that the recorded music industry was built on, for all intents and purposes, eroded,” says Smith.

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