By Joe “Yeti” Collier
Hello monsters! I have returned from the depths of not having a computer! While I was away Bristol Rhythm and Roots decided to announce their lineup. After looking at it about 18 times, I have decided that this is the best year since 2010. Plus I won’t be on crutches after having 3 knee ligaments replaced and a MCL and nerve healing. No raw armpits is a huge plus!!
Not saying that the past 3 years have not been good, there has been bands on Friday and Saturday the past few years I have went to see.
This year is LOADED with talent! From local favorites like Annabelle’s Curse, If Birds Could Fly, Folk Soul Revival and Rickshaw Roadshow, to eastern Kentucky’s very own Wayne Graham, who are a staple on most peoples list.
But, this year is different. They have gotten so much talent that it’s going to be hard to choose. That is what I am here to help you with. I am going to break down the bands to see from local to national acts, to bands you will fall in love with.
So let’s get to it!
Do I need to say more?
Ray Wylie Hubbard
Ray is gracing us with his presence and we better open our arms and accept him! In my opinion he is a national treasure and a fellow Texan! You do not want to miss out plus he may do the crowd favorite “Snake Farm”. If that is the only song you know go listen to some of his albums and fall deeper into his music.
Local Scene Must See:
You do not want to miss Wayne Graham! These boys are getting ready for big things and Bristol R&R will be a stepping stone to the next level. Their new album “Rapture Drill” was just released on the 25th of April and you should pick it up to prepare for the performance.
If Birds Could Fly
Their new promo for “Dogs” has a rock feel to it and I like it. Davie Smith is really adding a missing element to the band. If they put more songs out with that feel to it, the already good show they preform could get even better. The one thing this band has is stage presences thanks to the fun energy that lead singer Brittany Carter puts out.
JP Parsons is a wonderful singer/song writer and is always worth the watch. You can catch him with the bands that he plays with, but seeing him solo is one of the hidden gems inside the local music scene.
Bands you will fall in love with:
St. Paul and the Broken Bones
The voice that comes out of Paul Janeway will send chills up your spin. St. Paul and the Broken Bones bring the soul of Motown back. I had a chance to catch them a few years back and their live show is awesome. The energy is great and stage show is grand! This is a band that will have you asking for more and have you checking for the closest shows.
J Roddy and The Business
The amount of energy J Roddy and the Business puts out is awesome! Their live performance is up there with the best.
This is the band I am most pumped for! If you have not checked out their debut album “Corsicana Lemonade” is a staple to my weekly listen list and I can not wait to see them live! MARK this one with a star so you do not miss them.
Leo “Bud” Welch
Leo “Bud” Welch is 82, his first album came out when he was 81 and this is as blues as blues gets these days.
That’s my list of bands and artist to add to your list. Once the schedule is posted, I will post a list of bands and stages I will be at if you want to come say hi.
Peace, love and keep the music flowing,