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Wednesday 11/18/2015
Beyond Duplication
Posted: November 18, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Etched on the bottom of a Wild Turkey 101 bottle, BeyonDuplication not only found a band name but their way of life. From Scottsville, KY where the norm is country and classic rock, Josh Harvey [Drums], Daniel Parkhurst [Rhythm Guitar], and Zak Paul [Lead Guitar, Vocals], found their inspiration from bands like Pantera, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, etc.

Adding Cody Butler [Bass] and Matt Harvey [Vocals], BeyonDuplication is ready to turn heads. BD has built up their fan base while playing with well-known groups including Texas Hippie Coalition, Sevendust, Mushroomhead, Shadows Fall, Doyle, and Avatar.

Members:

  • Zak Paul  - vocals, lead guitar 
  • Josh Harvey - drums
  • Daniel Parkhurst - rhythm guitar
  • Cody Butler - bass
  • Matt Harvey - vocals

Discography:

  •  Open Eyes (Nov 2015) 

Affiliations: 

  • Ryan Griffin, management - ryan@tasmusicgroup.com
  • Steve Jackson - album/merch artwork

Influences: Dimebag Darrell, Zackk Wylde, Terry Bozzio

Trivia: Winner of the 2013 Nashville Ride for Dime Chapter Battle of the Bands

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Tuesday 07/01/2014
Feckless Fear Dearg
Posted: July 01, 2014 - 4:07 pm

Formed in 2012 in Bowling Green, Feckless Fear Dearg performers a variety of covers as well as original music from celtic, pub, Irish, Scottish and folk music.

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Monday 12/09/2013
Larry Elmore
Posted: December 09, 2013 - 11:06 am

Larry Elmore was born in Louisville August 5, 1948.  He graduated WKU in 1971 and was drafted into the army where he drove a tank.  He then worked at the Fort Knox Training Aids Department as an illustrator for several years before he decided to freelance.  He now resides in Leitchfield with his wife.  They have two children.

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Thursday 09/12/2013
Buffalo Rodeo
Posted: September 12, 2013 - 10:09 am

Loud indie, experimental, progressive rock.

[Facebook bio] Buffalo Rodeo is an indie progressive rock band hailing from the hills of Bowling Green, KY. - Playing Progressive Indie Rock with punchy drums, melodic bass riffs, ethereal synth textures, elaborate guitar tones, and addicting vocals, they are sure to tantalize your audial pallet.

County Affiliation: Warren

Members:

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Wednesday 02/06/2013
Schools
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Biography: Schools is a Bowling Green, Ky.-based rock trio led by songwriter Jeremi Simon.

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Thursday 11/15/2012
TyBarc
Updated: December 08, 2016 - 1:17 pm

High energy fusion rock.  Their primary songwriting team of Jeff Brooks and Tony Lindsey wrote originals from melodic to driving rock as well as more progressive 70's style music.  Kyle Frederick and David Dorris also penned several songs and Mitchell Plumlee was key in the arrangements of all the music.  After regrouping in 1976 the band became all original material.

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Wednesday 09/05/2012
Chest Rockwell
Posted: September 05, 2012 - 12:16 pm

The band has received strong praise for their tasteful use of odd time signatures, dynamics, unusual arrangements, and eclectic mixing of styles in their songwriting.  "Chest Rockwell is very optimistic about the future and have sworn themselves to making meaningful music regardless of not having record label support.  This is about creating something intelligent, yet accessible and reaching out to as many people as possible."

The band was nominated for Prog Award in Italy in 2010. Their music has been described as a mix of alt-prog, prog-metal, and post-rock. According to the band "It's every bit as pretentious as it sounds."

Members:

  • Josh Hines - guitar (2004 - present) [Technology vs Horse, Chest Rockwell, Lust For Diva, Commander, The Multi-dimensional Scheme, Pimpslap, The Mexican Hat Dance, Ninjavitis, Deepthroat, Port-a-pot Gang, Pen15, The Boogie Night Express, Mullethead & knobslob, Tubesteak, Running in Circles, The Italyon Stallyonz, Plague HDC, The Post-War Dream]
  • Nick Rouse - drums, percussion (2004 - present)
  • Nick Stewart - bass, keyboard (2004 - present) [Abrade]
  • Seth Wilson - guitar, pedal board (2005 - present) [Abrade]
  • David Cole - keyboard, guitar

Affiliations:

  • Jon Craig - studio
  • Matt Simone - artists often used for cover art

Discography:

  • Laugh and the World Laughs with You (2011)
  • Total Victory (2008) - Josh Hines [(vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric sitar, electronic piano, keyboard), Nick Rouse (drums, percussion, piano), Nick Stewart (bass, keyboard, baritone guitar), Seth Wilson (electric guitar), Jon Craig/ Java Jive Studios (Recorded, Produced, Mixed, Mastered), Matt Simone (art), Stephanie Hines (photos)  Austin Albany (design).]
  • Flavor (2007) sampler CD - Josh Hines [(vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, electric sitar), Nick Rouse (drums, percussion), Nick Stewart (bass, keyboard), Seth Wilson (electric guitar).  Additional electric guitar on track 6 by Chris Hightower (Carlos), Jon Craig/Java Jive Studios, Rory Willis & Patrick Delaney/RCW Recordings, Chris Hightower/Negative Earth Studios, Smitty Hines (photoshop Hubble photos)]
  • Chest Rockwell Vs. The World (2006) - Josh Hines (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass on track 6, keyboard, percussion on track 8), Nick Rouse (drums, percussion, keyboard, backing vocals on track 5), Nick Stewart (bass, keyboard, percussion on track 8), Seth Wilson (electric guitar, keyboard, percussion on track 8, backing vocals on track 5), Jon Craig/The Lair (produced, mixed, mastered, recorded), Matt Simone (art)
  • Back to Square One (2005) - Josh Hines (vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, drums on track 10) Nick Rouse (drums) Nick Stewart (bass, keyboard) Additional electric guitar on tracks 1-3 by Chris Hightower (Carlos) and additional vocals on track 5 by David Cole (DC), Chris Hightower/Negative Earth Studios (mixed, mastered), John Craig (mastered), Matt Simone (art, design)

    • Included on compilations:
      • Songs from America's Bellybutton (2008)
      • Nashville Rock volume 1 (2006)
      • Tracks from the Trunk (2005)

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Tuesday 08/28/2012
Russell Faxon
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Russ Faxon, a renowned bronze sculptor who lives in Bell Buckle, Tenn., grew up in Bowling Green, Ky., and earned his bachelor’s degree in Art Education from WKU in 1973.  He was born in Independence Missouri in 1951.

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Friday 08/10/2012
Dry Land Fish
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:14 pm

An Americana/Folk/Country band based in Smiths Grove, KY.   Their songs feature southern gospel type harmonies with instrumentation strongly influenced by bluegrass.  All three members participated in the songwriting.  The group toured extensively. 

County Affiliation: Warren

Members:

  • Mark Whitley - vocals, guitar
  • Jonathan Hodges - vocals, harmonica
  • Darren Doyle - vocals, lead guitar

Discography:

  • The Album (completed 2005, released 2009)
  • Diggin' in the Woods (co
  • All U Can Eat (co

Influences: 

  • Local: Chris Knight, Pat Haney
  • Non Local:  Johnny Cash, Bruce Hornsby

Trivia:

  • A Dry Land Fish is a morel that grows in the spring. The name was choosen when two members were at a Kentucky Headhunters when Fred Young sang a song about corn, greens and taters, and Dry Land Fish.

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Mark Whitley
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:16 pm

 Mark Whitley was born in Smiths Grove, KY and graduated with a degree in Peace Studies from Chapman University in Orange, CA.  After returning to Kentucky he began making furniture. 

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Wednesday 08/08/2012
Bill Pope [William Homer Pope]
Posted: August 08, 2012 - 8:18 am

William Homer Pope was born in Bowling Green. In Jr. High he joined Bennie Beaches band, Livin' End and continued to play guitar for them until he left town to study architecture at college.  He received his Master's degree in Fine Arts from New York University, where he earned an Oscar of Best Student Documentary for The Sixth Week.  He received MTV's Best Cinematography award for his work on Sting's video "We'll Be Together." 

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Tuesday 08/07/2012
Jenny Lu & Klassic Krew
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Jenny Lu & Klassic Krew was started by husband and wife team Jenny Lu and Chad Shireman to replace their R&B cover band of fifteen years, Black Velvet to expand their repoirtoire to include Classic rock, country and soul.  Chad also moved from lead guitar to bass.  The two also started a smaller, softer ensemble called Jenny Lu’s Mellow Gold Trio.

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Blue Light Special
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Classic rock cover band repeatedly featured at Concerts in the park and other area events performing 60's, 70's, 80's rock & pop.  Set list includes super group hits like "The Boys are Back in Town", "Simple Man", The Joker", "All Summer Long", and "Proud Mary".  Our music is from the classic era and is high energy. If you don't like to dance then we are not your band...

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Monday 08/06/2012
Nappy Roots
Posted: August 06, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Most of Nappy Roots members hailed from Louisville and met while attending WKU in the early 90s (core members graduated High School in 1993).

They officially formed in 1995.  By 2000 they were on their way.   Then an eight member group, they had two self released albums under their belts, a track on the South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut movie soundtrack and had just been signed by Atlantic (1998) which had scheduled their first major release.

In the early 2000's the group could be found hanging at the Tree House above ET's Music in Bowling Green.  In an early interview B Scott credited their unique sound as resulting from their central location that provided influences from east, west and deep south. Fish Scales said “Nappy Roots music is about the way we live -- our way of life.” and Big V emphasized “Reality”.  Big V said the members, who write all the songs, are people “dealing with life every day -- not gangstas, not high priests, just people who get it on.”

During their early years the band put on many shows, introducing other local groups to their fans.

By 2002 the group had become a sextet featuring: Skinny Deville, Ron Clutch, Scales, B. Stille, Big V, and R. Prophet and had gone gold (soon to be platinum) with their Billboard charting Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz release.  The Awnaw video was on MTV and BET.  TV appearances included David Letterman and Conan O'Brien.  Governor Paul Patton proclaimed Sept. 16 as Nappy Roots Day in Kentucky.

In 2002, Governor Paul Patton declared September 16 to be Nappy Roots Day in Kentucky.

In 2003 they would be nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Po Folks, which they recorded with singer Anthony Hamilton, and Best Long Form Video (given for video album packages that have more than one song and track) for The World According to Nappy.  The same year they were nominated for two American Music Awards in the Hip Hop/Rhythm and Blues Music category: Favorite Band, Duo or Group and Favorite New Artist. 

The remix of Awnaw was featured on Madden 2003 and in Roun' the Globe off the Wooden Leather album was featured on Madden 2004. 2008's Good Day was featured in the 2014 film Neighbors, starring Zach Efron and Seth Rogen as well as a Special K commercial.

After the 2003 release of Wooden Leather, co-produced by Kanye West, Lil Jon and David Banner, the group left Atlantic to start their own label, N.R.E.G. (Nappy Roots Entertainment Group).  In 2006 R. Prophet left for a solo career and in 2007 they released Innerstate Music as a quintet.

The Humdinger was released in 2008 and with it hit Billboard's Top 10 Rap chart.  It was followed by The Pursuit of Nappyness (2010) and Nappy Dot Org (2011).

In 2012 Big V, left and the quartet of Fish Scales, Skinny DeVille, B. Stille and Ron Clutch released a mixtape, Sh!ts Beautiful.

NREG also plans to release independent albums for each member as well as albums from some of their side projects.

In 2014 the group performed 150 dates.

According to Fish Scales, 2015's 40 Akerz  was about "Reminding people how far we have come. Being independent, still don't work for no one else, still work for ourselves…. let's celebrate".

The band continued to gain exposure when 2008's single "Good Day" was used in movie soundtracks for "The Neighbors", "Bad Moms" and "The Secret Life of Pets".

County Affiliation: Warren, WKU

Members:

  • Skinny Deville [William Hughes]
  • Fish Scales [Melvin Adams]
  • B-Stille [Brian Scott aka Buffalo Stille, Black Stillion, B Scott]
  • Clutch [Ron Clutch Wilson aka Ron-C]

Previous Members:

  • Big-V [Vito Jermaine Tisdale] (1995 - 2012)
  • Saan
  • R. Prophit [Ryan Anthony] (1995 - 2008)
  • Tez
  • General Lee

Discography:

  • 40 Akerz Project (2015) produced by SMKA
  • Sh!t's Beautiful (2012 | Mixtape)
  • Nappy Dot Org (2011) production by Organized Noize
  • Pursuit of Nappyness (2010)
  • Nappy University Vol. 2: Fall Semester (2010 | mixtape)
  • Nappy University (2010 | mixtape)
  • Humdinger (2008)
  • Cookout Muzik (2008 | mixtape)
  • Innerstate Music (2007 | mixtape) released on N.R.E.G.  Online only precursor to Humdinger.
  • Nappy Roots Music Presents - The Kentucky Kolonels Vol. 1 (2006 | mixtape)
  • 90 In The Slow Lane (2006 | mixtape)
  • The Leak (2005 | mixtape)
  • Wooden Leather (2003) released on Atlantic.
  • Po Folks (2003) released on Atlantic.
  • Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz (2002) 2002's biggest selling hip-hop album, first release on Atlantic.  Featured tracks Awnaw and Po Folks.
  • The World According to Nappy (2002)
  • No Comb, No Brush, No Fade (2000 | mixtape) Self release.
  • Country Fried Cess (1998 | mixtape) self releases.

Awards:

  • 2003 Grammy Award - nomination (Best Rap/Sung Collaboration)
  • 2003 Grammy Award - nomination (Best Long Form Music Video)
  • 2003 Soul Train Award - nomination for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist
  • 2003 American Music Award - nominated (favorite band, duo or group)
  • 2002 MTV Video Music Award (Awnaw)

Trivia:

  • Name origin: Speaking at Full Sail University on the "Secrets of Independent Hip Hop Success", lyricist Skinny Deville explained the origins of their name.  It began, according to Deville after he scribbled the lyric "Man I'm so broke, my roots is nappy, I ain't got nothing, I'm eating Laffy Taffy."  It was a reference to the financial hardships of his friends after Ron Clutch's clippers broke, leaving the group with no means of getting hair cuts.   The phrase caught on among their circle, "So now everybody's saying Nappy Roots without it being an actual group.  It's just a frame of mind; It's a movement of saying 'I can be cool who I am, Ima hang around my friends and we're gonna do good, and try to be the best at it.  And, one day we might just get it." Deville said.

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Chris Carmichael
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Bands:
  • Moral Chain Of Custody (1994-1996) [William Hill original music and covers] William "Billy-Mack" Hill (guitar, voice), Johnny Thompson (banjo, guitar, harmonica, voice), Tommy Womack (guitar, voice), Fenner Castner (drums), Keith Heric (bass, voice), Paul Hatchett (mandolin), Dan Dilamarter (voice), Kerry Pruitt (fiddle),...Recordings also feature Curtis Burch (dobro), Phillip Wakeman (mandolin), and Chris Carmichael (strings)


  • The Blue Zoo Crew [Zoo Bar house band] Tommy Johnson (guitar), Webb Hendrix (drums), Michael Gough (bass), Chris Carmichael (fiddle), Gary Graves (saxophone), Brennan Graves (rhythm guitar)
     
  • Fifteen Strings (1989 - 1992 - Signed to Atlantic Records in New York Toured with numerous major label recording artists of varied genres.)
     
  • Flying Monkeys [members: Chris Carmichael (violin), Larry Dillard, Webb Hendrix (drums), Jane Pearl, Bev Smith Lovelace, Scott Brantley]

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Monday 07/09/2012
Dennis Adkins
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:15 pm

A songwriter living just outside Bowling Green KY.  Dennis Adkins started his career in his teens with brother Bob as The Adkins Brothers touring with Loretta Lynn.  He worked as a full time songwriter for MCA, Golden Opportunities and Cedarwood.  In the late 80's at Cedarwood he toured with Mel Tillis and penned the George Strait #1 hit Ace in the Hole.  He co-wrote several songs with Pam Tillis (Mel's daughter), Russell Smith (lead Amazing Rhythm Aces), though most of his success came from songs he wrote alone.  Other songs written by Adkins were recorded by Brenda Lee, Randy Travis, Roy Clark, Mel Tillis, Highway 101.  Though he doesn't consider himself a performer as much as a songwriter, throughout his career he performed with a variety of cover bands.


Band Affiliations:

  • Timber Ridge (2000s) countryfied version of the Pain Killers feature original material of Johnson, Adkins and past selections from Tennessee Pullybone and Dixie Line.  [Tommy Johnson (songwriter, guitar), Dennis Adkins (songwriter, guitar) Tom "Bones" Kaelin (drums), Eric Albany (bass), Michael Holmes (keyboards)]
  • Pryor Express [Country, Rock, Blues, Oldies covers]  Kevin Thomas - drums, vocals; Ken Carson - bass, vocals; Cecil Pryor - keyboards, vocals; Former Members: Dennis Adkins - guitar, vocals; Mike Maggard - bass, vocals
  • Ethyl Holland and the Blue Echoes (1966) [Covered country songs by artists such as Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette]  [Bob Adkins (bass), Larry Richardson (lead guitar), Ethyl Holland (guitar, vocals), Dennis Adkins (drums)]
  • The Adkins Brothers [Dennis Adkins, Bob Adkins]

Recording Credits:

  • Ace in the Hole - A collection of original songs for demo purposes. [Dennis Adkins]

Affiliations:  Loretta Lynn, Pam Tillis, Mel Tillis, George Strait

Influences: 

  • Non Local:  Bob Dylan

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Wednesday 07/04/2012
Black Stone Cherry
Posted: July 04, 2012 - 12:19 am

According to their website, "Black Stone Cherry is a full-throttle modern rock band, with guitars that rage and a shuddering rhythmic attack. They sound as earthy and raw as Soundgarden, as heavy and fun as AC/DC, yet there's a higher level of musicianship to their performances and songwriting that makes them like no one else."

Though officially formed as Black Stone Cherry in 2001, Chris and John Fred had been jamming since high school.  All four members are from Edmonson County and were exposed to a variety of music including bluegrass and southern gospel at a young age.  Drummer John Fred is the son of Kentucky Headhunters founding member Richard Young; Johns great uncle was a jazz drummer and Chris first learned guitar from his father on a guitar given to him by his grandfather who made instruments by hand.  

The group honed its skills in the practice house used by the Headhunters.  Half the band (Ben & Chris) were only 15 when they formed in 2001.  They played their first gig only two weeks after forming at the county fair talent show - which they won.  Their first demo landed them a deal with Road Runner Records. 

In 2007 they were award Best New Band at the Classic Rock Magazine awards.  After playing Hyde Park with Aerosmith, the band became a hit in England and continues to tour Europe as much or more than the U.S.

In 2013  Black Stone Cherry’s song “Stay” from Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea was covered by country music duo Florida Georgia Line on their platinum selling album Here’s to the Good Times. Florida Georgia Line performed “Stay” on the American Country Awards last night. The duo took home the award for Artist of the Year: New Artist as well as Single of the Year, Single of the Year: New Artist, and Music Video of the Year: New Artist for the song Cruise from the same album. The new version of "Stay" has been making it’s way up the Billboard charts including: #1 on Hot Country Songs, #30 on Hot 100; #6 on Country Airplay; #3 on Country Digital Songs and #3 on Country Steaming Songs.

In 2014 Black Stone Cherry topped the Billboard Hard Rock Album chart with the release of their 4th studio album, Magic Mountain.  In the first week Magic Mountain was in the #1 spot for a week and is also ranked #6 on the Top Rock Albums chart, #22 on the Billboard 200 chart and #24 on the Digital Albums chart.

Both Magic Mountain and Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea each sold about 13,000 units the first week they were released.  Folklore And Superstition and Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea also topped the U.K. Rock Album chart and were achieved silver sales certification stays from the BPI (British Phonographic Industry).

Members:

  • Chris Robertson - vocals/guitar
  • Ben Wells - guitar/vocals
  • Jon Lawhon - bass/vocals
  • John Fred Young - drums

Discography:

  • Magic Mountain (2014)
  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (2011)
  • Folklore and Superstition (2008) - Recorded at Black Bird Studios (Martina McBride); Produced and mixed by Bob Marlette.
  • Rain Wizard (2007)
  • Black Stone Cherry (2006)

Influences: Led Zepplin, Lynard Skynyrd, Black Crowes

Trivia:

  • Ben Wells names Elvis as his biggest influence "hands down", followed by Aerosmith.

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Tuesday 07/03/2012
Michael O'Brien
Posted: July 03, 2012 - 11:42 am

Band Affiliations:  Drums   [The Black Shades, Sleeper Agent, Bossa Nosferatu]

  • The Black Shades (2009 - present) Bluesy garage rock [members: Aaron Clark (guitar, vocals), Michael Dean (bass), Michael Thomas (guitar), Jerry Kessinger (drums) | previous members: Jared Kowalski (lead guitar), Michael O'Brien (drums)]
     
  • Sleeper Agent (2008 - present) Original Rock [Tony "Tutone" or "Sunny Dolo" Smith (guitar, vocals), Justin "Stuart Keyser" Wilson (drums), Alex "Kidd Kandell" Kandel (lead vocals), Lee "Grizzlee" Williams - bass, Scott "Saga" Gardner - keyboards | previous members: Zach "Orlando Doom" Lindsey (bass), Jordan "J. YoungGun"  Young (guitar), Thomas Bullen (lead guitar), Michael Dean (bass), Mike O'Brien (drums), Aaron Clark (lead guitar)]
     
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Recording Credits:

  • Bossa Nosferatu (2007 - 2008) Blues, Psychedelic, Funk [members: Chris Lively (Vocals & Guitar), Mike O'Brien (Drums/Percussion), Michael Dean (Bass)]

Affiliations: 

Influences: 

  • Local: 
  • Non Local: 

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Micheal Dean
Posted: July 03, 2012 - 11:40 am

Michael Dean grew up in Hendersonville TN.  He earned a a BA in Broadcasting at WKU.  While there he served as Program Director for the campus station Revolution 91.7 and did an internship at WKLX. After graduating in 2007 he married Tracey (Sympson) Dean in 2008 and they had a daughter.

Band Affiliations:  Michael Dean [The Black Shades, Sleeper Agent, Bossa Nosferatu]

  • The Black Shades (2009 - present) Bluesy garage rock [members: Aaron Clark (guitar, vocals), Michael Dean (bass), Michael Thomas (guitar), Jerry Kessinger (drums) | previous members: Jared Kowalski (lead guitar), Michael O'Brien (drums)]
     
  • Sleeper Agent (2008 - present) Original Rock [Tony "Tutone" or "Sunny Dolo" Smith (guitar, vocals), Justin "Stuart Keyser" Wilson (drums), Alex "Kidd Kandell" Kandel (lead vocals), Lee "Grizzlee" Williams - bass, Scott "Saga" Gardner - keyboards | previous members: Zach "Orlando Doom" Lindsey (bass), Jordan "J. YoungGun"  Young (guitar), Thomas Bullen (lead guitar), Michael Dean (bass), Mike O'Brien (drums), Aaron Clark (lead guitar)]
     
  • Bossa Nosferatu (2007 - 2008) Blues, Psychedelic, Funk [members: Chris Lively (Vocals & Guitar), Mike O'Brien (Drums/Percussion), Michael Dean (Bass)]
     
  • Sadville (High School)

Recording Credits:

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Affiliations: 

Influences: 

  • Local: 
  • Non Local:  311

Trivia:

  •  Favorite comedian is David Cross.

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Colton Fulcher
Posted: July 03, 2012 - 11:39 am

Colton Fulcher was raised in Smith's Grove and attended Warren East High School.  He began playing bass at 12 and took up guitar at 16.  He also plays drums. 

His first band, Us2Blame put out two demos before disbanding.  After a brief stint with friends from high school in Teen Result, Fulcher formed Over The Limit which morphed into KIC by the end of its first year.  He also plays bass with the Praise Team at his church.

Fulcher was self taught on bass and guitar save a few early bass lessons, but has said that he studied Billy Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day for both his guitar style, songwriting and particularly his stage presence.

County Affiliation: Warren

Band Affiliations:

  • KIC (Keep It Coming) [Colton Fulcher (Guitar/Lead Vox), Hayden Gibbs (Drums/Back Vox), Jacob Carter (Bass/Back Vox)]
  • Smiths Grove Baptist Church Praise Team
  • Over The Limit
  • Teen Result [members: Kyle Arnold (drums), Arthur Rone (guitar) | previous members: Colton Fulcher (vocals)]
  • Us 2 Blame - Punk [members: Colton Fulcher (Vocals/Guitar), Steve Johnson (Bass), Andrew McIntyre (Drums)]

Recording Credits:

  • Us 2 Blame: Twenty-four (2010)
  • Us 2 Blame: Feeding Society (2009)

Affiliations: 

Influences: 

  • Local: Sixth Floor, John King & Southbound, Sleeper Agent
  • Non Local:  Green Day, Beatles, Fall Out Boy, The Rolling Stones

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The Running
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:14 pm

An original rock/reggae/blues band originating in Nashville, TN.

Tired of the stagnant sounds bleeding from the radio waves of modern day, three individuals made the decision to quit complaining and act. In March of 2006, The Running set out on a journey to cross the metaphorical borders of the music industry and swore to set no boundaries on their creativity in order to do so.

Since it’s inception, The Running has been constantly gigging and virally advertising, causing an outbreak of demand for their contagious groove. With 150+ shows under their belt in over 20 different cities and towns including New York, Atlanta, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and their hometown of Nashville, TN, they show no signs of slowing down. From backyard parties to nationally known venues, who knows where these guys find the time to consistently promote each show online and on the street, but their hard work is evident, as there is always a thirsty crowd at any shindig they play.

Countless attempts have been made to capture the essence of The Running’s sound in a few, cleverly arranged words; soulful island grunge, neo-surfer jam rock, reggae-rock, blues-rock, bluesy reggae rock, to name a few. Although these terms can accurately describe individual songs by The Running, none of them can quite sum up their vibe as a whole. But rather than try to label something as unique as this fresh new band, why not leave all preconceived notions of what the word genre means and just open your ears? Catch up to The Running.

Members:

  • Mike Williams - guitar/vox
  • Christ Mironescu - bass
  • Andy Zimmerman - drums

Discography:

  • Not From Around Here (2007)
  • Running For Your Live (2009)

Influences: 

  • Local: Cage the Elephant, Sleeper Agent, Canago, Paradise Daze, DJ Wick-It
     
  • Non Local:  Nirvana, Sublime, Rusko, Jimi Hendrix, Ice Cube

Contact Info: TheRunningband@gmail.com

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Peace of Mind
Posted: July 03, 2012 - 11:34 am

Peace of Mind formed in mid 2010 with members ranging in age from 14 to 16. They played local all ages shows at first without a bass player.  After several personel changes on drums, the group stablized with its current membership and began recording their first EP.  The group landed a showcase show at the Capitol Arts Center in April 2010.

Peace of Mind plays a mix of covers and original songs that emphasize a positive message.

Members:

  • Daniel Shultz - Lead Vocals (2010 - present)
  • Mark Lowry - Guitar/vocals (2010 - present)
  • Clayton Gipson - Guitar/vocals (2010 - present)
  • Mac Slattery - Bass/vocals (2010 - present)
  • Will Houchin - Drums (2010 - present)

Previous Members:

  • Turner Manley - Drums (2010)
  • Jack - drums (2010)

Discography:

Affiliations: Cage The Elephant

Influences: 

  • Local: Cage The Elephant, Sleeper Agent
  • Non Local:  Led Zeppelin, Blind Melon, Wolfmother, Nirvana

Trivia:

  • Lead singer Daniel Shultz is the brother of Matt Shultz and Brad Shultz of Cage The Elephant.

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Mona
Posted: July 03, 2012 - 11:28 am

Described as "a romantic rock n roll band with songs for the city folk", Mona has it's roots in Ohio but is based in Nashville and includes Bowling Green's Zach Lindsey [Sleeper Agent, The Secret/Von Guarde] on bass and Jordan Young [Sleeper Agent] on guitar.

In September 2010 they released their debut single Listen To Your Love and sold out by the time of release.  That fall they began a tour of the UK to critical claim, making NME's Best  New Bands of 2010 list and being signed by Island Records.  They garnered similar acclaim in other publications such as: Q Magazine, Clash Music, The Fly, The Guardian, Music News, The Mirror and The Sun.  They appeared on Later With Jools Holland along with Robert Plant and others.

Their US tour was highlighted by performances on Jay Leno and Conan.

In July 2013 they released their sophmore effort, Torches & Pitchforks with the first single being Goons (Baby, I Need It All).

Artist Bio:

Devotion. Faith. Abandonment. The ecstasy of salvation, the salvation of ecstasy…
There’s a thin line between rock ’n roll and religion, and nowhere thinner than in the intense, sharp, sweat-drenched, dueling-guitar euphoria of Mona. The Nashville four-piece band – or family, or gang, or band of brothers – are young, charismatic punk preachers. They’ll testify to the thrill they get from hunkering down in their basement and writing and recording the best debut album of 2011. They’ll hymn the praises of visceral rock with heavenly fireworks in its soul. They want to convert everyone they come across.
This, by the way, isn’t the old God-and-the-devil schticky music-biz hyperbole. Three-quarters of Mona did learn their music – how to play, how to perform, how to work a crowd – in church: frontman/guitarist Nick Brown and drummer Vince Gard in a Pentecostal Charismatic congregation, bass player Zach Lindsey in a Southern Baptist congregation. For all three, while they were growing up, secular music was frowned upon, and transporting an audience – the congregation – was paramount. For all four – guitarist Jordan Young completes the line-up – imbuing secular music with honest passion and true grit is what Mona are all about.
Mona keep the faith, “but it’s definitely our own brand, we’ve had to walk away from a lot of the bullshit of church,” says Nick, as verbally forthright offstage as he is forcefully charismatic onstage. We’re all family people. We’re all mamas’ boys. We all try to be good brothers, to be good sons. The same thing with the band – we’re a family. But obviously with the band we’re more like a family in the Mafia sense. We’re a fucking gang as well. It’s all hugs and kisses on the cheek – but if you fuck with us, we’re vicious,” adds the singer who dispensed with the services of his previous lead guitarist by “breaking my fist on his face”. With in-band fraternalism this zealous little wonder, perhaps, that “Mona’s never lost a bar fight.”
Mona are Sun Studio’s Million Dollar Quartet (Presley, Perkins, Lewis, Cash) rebooted 54 years on. They’re rock revivalists, in the sense that they like, as Nick puts it, “the golden age of the United States – the James Dean, Marilyn Monroe type stuff.” This iconography and idealism, he says, informed the writing of Listen To Your Love – and the reasons why it became their first single.
“It felt kinda reminiscent of some of the old stuff,” he says of the song, released on already-rare and already-pricey seven-inch vinyl only. “Even Roy Orbison-type melodies. But still, a little bit of a punk thing in there. It just felt like a good first introduction, a first impression.”
Nick and Vince grew up in Dayton, Ohio. They met via their church musical group. Says Nick, “I needed a drummer and Vince needed an outlet. We didn’t even get along as people, as friends, at all, it was more of a musical connection at first. The friendship thing developed much later. But at first, growing up in church and having a little bit of a chip on your shoulder, you want someone that’s gonna play aggressively and have fun with it. And both of us were very zealous, even in the church, very passionate people. He beat the shit out of the drums and I used to break pianos.”
As musical “support act” to the pastor, they learnt how to improvise, and jam, to follow the flow of the service.
“That’s kinda how we view rock ’n roll now. I know there’s a lot of stuff that’s about scheduling – with radio and TV and the market now, they want you to fit in to a thing. But we’ve always prided ourselves on the timelessness of the experience. Just let it happen. Even when we write we don’t book writing sessions or schedule time to write. We just get together and whatever happens, happens.”
Zach Lindsey is from the dry county of Bowling Green, KY. Whereas for Nick and Vince non-religious music was banned (Vince: “but my mom would play me Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Police and tell me not to tell my dad…”), in the bassist’s church non-religious music was tolerated. “I was born listening to The Beatles.”
With musical options dead in the water in Dayton, Nick and Vince moved to Nashville. Why? Nick: “It was five hours’ drive away as opposed to 14 hours to New York or 26 hours to LA. And way cheaper. We’re a bunch of poor kids.”
Once relocated to Music City, they ran into Zach on the local gig scene. He in turn introduced them to Jordan Young, an old Kentucky friend who had grown up in the farm town of Breeding. Having gone through serial line-up upheaval – including the bust-up with the unfortunate guitarist with the broken face – Mona was complete.
“Now we’re four horses pulling the carriage,” says Nick, who’s worked on the “idea” for Mona for years – not least because the band is named after his grandmother. “There’s a lot of people that wanted to be in this band. There’s a lot of people that locally support this band. But as far as having people that understand their roles, and being happy with their roles, it’s chemistry, man. It’s just like a relationship. It’s a marriage.”
Nick’s top-to-bottom vision for Mona encompasses everything from the archive pictures picked to feature on the largely monochromatic design of their MySpace; to only making the odd song available, and briefly (“too many people have artistic bulimia,” he spits, “eat and puke it up and they’re onto the next thing. So we made people savor it”); to creating their own label Zion Noiz; to hammering out a major record company deal that, unusually, stacks things in the band’s favor.
In 2011, Mona won’t be hard to find. They caused a rumpus in the UK last fall and brought their rock back home to an excited and receptive audience. Playing a few select dates in the US, the band was reviewed by the likes of The New York Times and SPIN.com who called them “a hot new band that’s quickly turning into a phenomenon abroad and is poised to do the same back home too.” Mona released their first US single, “Listen To Your Love”, to iTunes on February 15 which was followed by electrifying sets at SXSW in Austin and their US TV debut on Last Call with Carson Daly.
The only thing slick about Mona is their hair. The rest is arm-pumping, vein-throbbing, knee-jittering, raw-throated, sing-along rock ’n roll. Mercury Records will release Mona’s debut self-titled album on September 6, 2011. Nick says of their music: “It’s pretty self-explanatory – there’s a sound on the horizon and the volume’s gonna grow. And even though we are full of ambition and very grandiose, at the end of the day it’s about having our own voice and our own career. And we wanna do this for the rest of our lives. And at the end of the day, despite that huge, dramatic claim,” he says with a grin, “we’re just four dudes making some noise in a garage and just having fun.”

Members:

Discography:

  • Mona (2011)
  • Torches & Pitchforks (2013)

Affiliations: Zionnoiz Recordings, Tony Lindsey (father of Zach)

Influences: 

  • Local: 
  • Non Local:  Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison

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Aaron Clark
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Aaron Clark wanted a career in music after seeing a friend play at a party his freshman year of high school.  He bought a guitar the next day.  He formed Miss Umbrella in his sophmore year with friends who were also just learning.  The members played in other bands throughout high school then reformed after connecting in a creative writing class at Owensboro Community College.

Band Affiliations:

  • The Black Shades (2009 - present) Bluesy garage rock [members: Aaron Clark (guitar, vocals), Michael Dean (bass), Michael Thomas (guitar), Jerry Kessinger (drums) | previous members: Jared Kowalski (lead guitar), Mike O'Brien (drums)]
     
  • Downtown Handshake (2008 - present) Rock [members: Tony Smith (vocals), Scott Gardner (drums), Zach Greer (lead guitar), Lee Williams (bass, vocals) | previous members: Aaron Clark (bass)]
     
  • Sleeper Agent (2008 - present) Original Rock [Tony "Tutone" or "Sunny Dolo" Smith (guitar, vocals), Justin "Stuart Keyser" Wilson (drums), Alex "Kidd Kandell" Kandel (lead vocals), Lee "Grizzlee" Williams - bass, Scott "Saga" Gardner - keyboards | previous members: Zach "Orlando Doom" Lindsey (bass), Jordan "J. YoungGun"  Young (guitar), Thomas Bullen (lead guitar), Michael Dean (bass), Mike O'Brien (drums), Aaron Clark (lead guitar)]
     
  • Miss Umbrella (-2009) Southern Power Pop [members: Aaron Clark (guitar, bass, piano, vocals), Logan Newby (guitar, bass), Daniel Chase Peach (percussion), Zach Tichenor (keyboards)]
     
  • sloWols (2009) Indie rock.
  • Something Fierce
  • AD3 (high school) class rock covers
  • Slavadore's Deli (high school) Experimental Progressive Rock
  • The Explodes (high school) blues/garage rock band.

Recording Credits:


Affiliations: 

Influences: 

  • Local: 
  • Non Local:  The Beatles, primarily Paul McCartney, The White Stripes, The Rolling Stones, Hank Williams Sr., The Cars, and Robert Johnson, Primus, Yes, Rush, ELP

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Zachary Lindsey [aka Zach]
Posted: July 03, 2012 - 11:30 am

Zachary Lindsey developed an interest in both music and hairstyling like his father Tony Lindsey [BoomTemple, TyBarc & Tony Lindsey & Co]. 

While still in high school Zachary formed The Secret, which at the peak of regional success changed their name to Von Guarde and performed from 2003 - 2008 with Lindsey as the lead vocalist and guitarist.  Their music was written primarily by Lindsey and guitarist Neal Turner Clayton.  The group played South By Southwest and warmed up for acts such as Black Stone Cherry and Cage the Elephant as well as appeared on MTV's My Super Sweet 16.

After Von Guarde disbanded, Lindsey brief played with The Color Orange and then joined forces with popular group Sleeper Agent.  He relocated to Nashville where his primary project became Mona.  Shortly afterward Mona enjoyed critical acclaim in the UK and began touring Europe.

He also helped get with his brother, Alex's project Nova Coma (formerly Foretolds), serving as producer of their first album.

Band Affiliations:

  • Mona (2010 - present) Original Rock [Nick Brown (vocals, keys, guitar), Vince Gard (drums), Zachary Lindsey (bass), Jordan Young (guitar)]
  • The Colour Orange
     
  • Sleeper Agent (2008 - 2010) Original Rock [Tony "Tutone" or "Sunny Dolo" Smith (guitar, vocals), Justin "Stuart Keyser" Wilson (drums), Alex "Kidd Kandell" Kandel (lead vocals), Lee "Grizzlee" Williams - bass, Scott "Saga" Gardner - keyboards, Josh "Junior" Martin | previous members: Zach "Orlando Doom" Lindsey (bass), Jordan "J. YoungGun"  Young (guitar), Thomas Bullen (lead guitar), Michael Dean (bass), Mike O'Brien (drums), Aaron Clark (lead guitar)] 
     
  • The Secret/Von Guarde (2003 - 2008) Original Rock [Zachary Lindsey (vocals, guitar), Neal Turner Clayton (guitar), Stuart Johnson (vocals, bass), Justin Wilson (drums, vocals) | previous members: Max Schott (bass), Mike Holland (drums)]

Recording Credits:

  • The Secret/Von Guarde: El Campeon (2007) produced by Bill Lloyd
  • The Secret/Von Guarde: Peach (2006)

Affiliations: Tony Lindsey (father), Alex Lindsey (brother)

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Bossa Nosferatu
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:14 pm


Members:

  • Chris Lively - Vocals & Guitar
  • Mike O'Brien - Drums/Percussion [The Black Shades, Sleeper Agent, Bossa Nosferatu]
  • Mike Dean - Bass [The Black Shades, Sleeper Agent, Bossa Nosferatu]

Trivia:

  • Last show played June 5, 2008 at Tidballs, which is where they played their first show.


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Miss Umbrella
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Miss Umbrella started as a southern folk rock band and evolved into what vocalist Aaron Clarke called Southern Power Pop.  After Zach Tichenor joined the band synthesizers, vintage keyboards and vocal harmonies were add and the group focused on upbeat melodies and hooks.

Members:

  • Aaron Clark - guitar, bass, piano, vocals [The Black Shades, Downtown Handshake, Sleeper Agent, Miss Umbrella, sloWols, Something Fierce, The Explodes, Slavadore's Deli, AD3]
  • Logan Newby - guitar, bass [Miss Umbrella, Das Koon, Cleo, Slavadore's Deli]
  • Daniel Chase Peach - percussion [Miss Umbrella, Das Koon, Cleo]
  • Zach Tichenor - keyboards [NoizeJoi, Derick Hultquist and the Redbeard Rattlesnake, Miss Umbrella]

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Downtown Handshake
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Blend of alt rock, indie, dream-pop, punk, and funk.

County Affiliation: Warren

Members:

  • Tony Smith - Vocals/Guitar/Introvert Elitist  [Sleeper Agent, Downtown Handshake, Decade of Experts & Assassins]
  • Scott Gardner - Drums/Percussion/Fro Master [Sleeper Agent, Downtown Handshake, Natty Bumpoe, Decade of Experts & Assasins]
  • Zach Greer - Lead Guitar/Jail-bait [Downtown Handshake]
  • Lee Williams - bass, vocals [Sleeper Agent, Downtown Handshake, The Victory Sound, Hand Over Machinery,  Bears!]

Previous Members:

  • Aaron Clark - Bass/Vocal Stabs/Southern Swagga [The Black Shades, Downtown Handshake, Sleeper Agent, Miss Umbrella, sloWols, Something Fierce, The Explodes, Slavadore's Deli, AD3]

Discography:

  • Revival Revival (2010) - description [contributors name (instrument/position), contributors name]

Affiliations: Decade of Experts & Assassins (evolved from) Kid Kills Art (previous name), Such Tall Buildings (previous name), Hoobajoob (previous name)

Influences: 

  • Local: Sleeper Agent, Natty Bumpoe, Cage the Elephant, Mona, Black Shades, Dexateens, Mikky Ekko, Karmadons, Man Oh Man
  • Non Local:  T.Rex, Spoon, Wilco, Pixies, Black Keys, Black Lips, Margot and the Nuclear So & So's, Grizzly Bear, Of Montreal, White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, Pavement.

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The Secret (later Von Guarde)
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Starting as The Secret in Bowling Green, most members were still in high school when the band began.  They featured original rock and played a variety of shows in the Nashville, Knoxville, Louisville, St. Louis area including the prestigious South by Southwest.   They often shared the stage with acts as American Bang, Black Stone Cherry, The Features, Rufus Huff, Luna Halo, AutoVaughn, and Cage the Elephant.  At their peak of popularity the Secret was featured on MTV's My Sweet Sixteen and shortly thereafter changed their name to Von Guarde before disbanding.

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The Black Shades
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:14 pm

 The Black Shades formed in November 2009 out of a cover band formed the month before (The Red Square) as a side project by members of the original Sleeper Agent lineup. After adding Jared Kowalski on lead guitar they left Sleeper Agent to dedicate full time to the Black Shades.

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Perfect Confusion
Updated: February 18, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Perfect Confusion gained a large regional fan base before undergoing personnel changes and redubbing themselves Cage the Elephant.

CD Baby Bio: Bowling Green, Kentucky, is not the first place that anyone would look for the next big thing in rock music. But the city most famous for Corvettes and Nappy Roots has spawned just that: Perfect Confusion.
Perfect Confusion was formed in summer of 2001. A group of young kids heavily influenced by the sounds of 70's music and culture, they set out to create a sound that they couldn't find in today's rock genre. A sound that was raw and charged with a message. The five piece band immediately began performing and building a name for itself with a dynamic mix of groove, soul and rock'n'roll that's hard to categorize but easy to love. Singer Matt Shultz leads the band with a unique vocal style, lyrics and a solid stage presence. Bassist David Kem and drummer Jared Champion make up the band's powerful rhythm section. Kem's driving bass lines and Champion's funky, foot-stomping rhythms build a foundation for right-handed guitarist Brad Shultz's chomping guitar riffs and left handed guitarist Thomas Bullen's impassioned solos. Each song is a lesson on what five kids with a heart for music and a mind for change can do.
In the summer of 2004 after months of rehearsal the band went into the studio to record their first full length album. After several months of performing in venues from Lousiville to Nashville the band is beginning to build momentum, and will release their first self-titled album in december of 04.

The band took it messages seriously.  In an early interview with The Daily News, while the groups was still performing on their early name Perfect Confusion, Shultz elaborated.

"We want to focus big-time on the fact that I think people focus too much on money and (are) forgetting about their families," said Schultz, 21, of Bowling Green. "There's too much divorce in this country, anxiety, depression, and I think a lot of it has to do with people wanting more money."

Schultz also thinks there's not enough focus on personal responsibility in today's society.

He turns such themes into Perfect Confusion lyrics. On Monday he talked about the song "Jamie's Institution," which appears on the band's first and self-titled album.

"It's about the overprescribing of drugs," Schultz said.

He believes such drug use "spoils the society," and he thinks "modern psychology is telling everyone, 'It's not your fault. It's everyone else's fault, and here's a drug to change it,' " he said.

Schultz wants people to know that "as adults, we have the power to change."

- Daily News 2004

Members:

  • Matt Shultz - vocals [Cage the Elephant, Perfect Confusion]
  • Brad Shultz - guitar [Cage the Elephant, Perfect Confusion]
  • Jared Champion - drums [Cage the Elephant, Perfect Confusion]
  • David Kem - bass [Perfect Confusion]
  • Thomas Bullen - lead guitar [Sleeper Agent, Perfect Confusion]

Discography:

  • Perfect Confusion (2004)

Affiliations: Cage the Elephant

Influences: 

  • Local: 
  • Non Local:  

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Decade of Experts & Assassins
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:14 pm

 

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Cage the Elephant
Posted: July 03, 2012 - 11:16 am

Drummer Jared Champion has described Cage The Elephant as a mix of grunge, rock n roll and punk. 

The band burst onto the scene in the UK after being noticed by an English producer at SXSW in 2007.

Ain't No Rest for the Wicked off their self titled debut album became their first hit - Top 40 in UK and placing on several Billboard charts including: #92 on Hot 100; #3  Alternative Songs chart and #8 on their Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.  The song also was the featured iTunes free download of the week in April 2009, was performed live on David Letterman in August 2009 and was featured on the Borderlands video game trailer in October 2009.

Lead singer Matt Shultz has been compared to Mick Jagger for his stage presence on more than one occasion.  The group was heavily influenced by late 60's and early 70's music from the beginning.  Likewise their PR from the start linked them to wild sex and drugs and rock n roll rebellion as a reaction to a strict religious upbringing.  Videos, blogs and articles are readily available where the group discusses their wild side. 

Their last.fm bio for example describes Matt Shultz as "an Axl meets Iggy savior", quotes Brad as saying “Our parents were kind of Jesus-freaks.  At first they were like a bunch of hippies, and then they found God when they were on Acid, and became really hardcore Christians”; and concludes "Like other holy-rollers before them, Cage The Elephant signed their pact with the devil and haven’t looked back. These trailblazing hell raisers have clocked up over 50 convictions between them in their home town Bowling Green."

Cage the Elephant has always been supportive of other local bands.  In the summer of 2009 they set up a show at Mercy Lounge in Nashville: Cage the Elephant Presents: BOWLING GREEN INVASION with: Sleeper Agent, The Merlins, Downtown Handshake, Thee Japanese School Girls, Canago, The Karmadons, Natty Bumpoe w/ DJ WICK-IT, Lee Harvey, Mc'D by Big Fella, and Dirty D and DJ Sets by Cage the Elephant and Autovaughn. 

In 2010 they had several of these bands back as well as national acts when they helped secure bookings for the Bowling Green's Starry Nights Music Festival.  At the festival they performed as well as served as backing band for Daniel Webster.  Sleeper Agent joined them on tour at the end of the year and for several shows in 2011.
In 2013 Lincoln Parish left the band to pursue a career with his production company/studio Talk Box Rodeo.

Members:

  • Matt Shultz - vocals [Cage the Elephant, Perfect Confusion]
  • Brad Shultz - guitar [Cage the Elephant, Perfect Confusion]
  • Daniel Tichenor - bass [Cage the Elephant]
  • Jared Champion - drums [Cage the Elephant, Perfect Confusion]
  • (unofficial) Nick Bockrath - guitar [Cage the Elephant, Nicos Gun, American Babies]

Previous Members:

  • Lincoln Parish - guitar [Cage the Elephant (2005-2013), The Secret (2005), The Dirty Lie]
  • David Kem - bass [Perfect Confusion]
  • Thomas Bullen - lead guitar (2001-2006) [Sleeper Agent, Perfect Confusion]

Discography:

  • Melophobia (2013)
  • Thank You Happy Birthday (2010)
  • Cage The Elephant (2007)

Affiliations: Label Relentless/DSP, United Kingdom, Perfect Confusion (evolved from)

Influences: Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Beatles, Ramones, Led Zeppelin, Chuck Berry, Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Pixies

Trivia:

  • Matt and Brad are brothers.
  • In 2010, 14 year old Daniel Shultz, brother of Matt and Brad formed his own band, Peace of Mind.
  • After signing with DPS in the U.S., they recorded their album in Nashville in just ten days with producer Jay Joyce
  • Name origin - In Indian philosophies, the elephant is a symbol of strength and goodness. The Hindu god of wisdom, Ganesh, has an elephant's head. "It's strong and it's honest and it's loyal. And our name kind of stands for people, the whole of society, the people we all are by nature -- it seems like people want to cage the elephant. It seems like they want to cage all the good in the world. It's not just the government or the media, it's everywhere. But you turn on the news and hear 'today 26 people got gunned down, and one guy got his head chopped off, and here's a picture of it. It's like there's no hope, and somebody's caged the elephant. But you can't do that."
  • Cage the Elephant grew out of the band Perfect Confusion which featured David Kem - Bass, Matt Shultz - Vocals, Thomas Bullen - Left hand guitar, Brad Shultz - Right hand guitar and Jared Champion - Drums & Percusion.  Perfect Confusion formed in 2001 and released one self titled album at the end of 2004 before reforming as Cage The Elephant.
  • All five band members graduated from Greenwood High
  • Though the name origin above was given to the Amplifier at the time the band changed from Perfect Confusion to Cage The Elephant, in 2010 stories began to appear in national and international publications citing the origin of the name as being a unhinged person running up to Matt shouting "You have to cage the elephant, you have to cage the elephant". (Spin: Why They're called... Cage the Elephant)
  • Their first album garnered comparisions to the Pixies, Beck, Nirvana and the White Stripes but Lincoln Parrish told guitar world that the main influences at the time of writing it were Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
  • In 2014 U2's drummer, the Edge told Rolling Stone: "The band that I liked at Coachella was Cage the Elephant.  Their commitment to the performance really blew so much of the other stuff away. They really did own it in a way that few other artists did..." 

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Poison Karma
Posted: July 03, 2012 - 11:16 am

Poison Karma is a female fronted rock cover band with a wide repertoire including: Janis Joplin, The Pretenders, Foreigner, Journey, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC to Pink, Katy Perry, Kid Rock and Evanescence.

Members:

  • Maria Donatelli  - vocals 
  • Kevin Hull - lead guitar & vocals
  • John Lippert - bass guitar
  • Mike Chaffin - Drums 

Previous Members:

  • Rodney Hull - Drums 
  • Jim DeCesare - Drums
  • Andy Stahl - bass 

 

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Otis
Posted: July 03, 2012 - 11:16 am

Formed in 2007 in Sulphur Well, Kentucky Otis is a heavy blues trip infused with classic hard rock rhythms powerful guitars and soulful vocals.

[Reverbnation bio] "Otis has taken in a steady diet of Kentucky roots music, primarily Blues, and cooked up their own special Musical Burgoo. Drawing from the raw electric blues sounds of Muddy Waters and King of Slide guitar, Elmore James, following a heavy influence of Southern roots sounds, courtesy of the Allman Brothers and Wet Willie, vastly sums up who Otis are musically and gives a glimpse into the sound and soul of the four-piece band."

Members:

  • Boone Froggett - guitar
  • John Seeley - bass (2010 - present) 
  • Steve Jewell Jr. - guitar
  • Andrew Gilpin - drums

Influences: Gov't Mule, Allman Brothers Band, Traffic, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Cactus, Cream, Mountain, Johnny Winter, Miles Davis

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Southbound 65
Posted: July 03, 2012 - 11:16 am

Southbound calls their original music a mix of red dirt country and americana. In addition to original songs the band performs covers from The Randy Rogers Band, Stoney Larue, Bart Crow, Johnny Cash, American Aquarium, Brandon Jenkins and many more.

Members:

  • Douglas Hurt - vocals
  • Luciano DiGiuseppe - guitar
  • Kevin Dejuan Anderson - bass
  • Steven Stewart - fiddle

Influences: Randy Rogers Band, Cory Morrow, Turnpike Troubadors, Bart Crow Band, Josh Abbott Band, The Departed, Lower 40, Thieving Birds, American Aquarium, Bayside, Alkaline Trio, Slayer

 

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John King & The Mud River Revival
Posted: July 03, 2012 - 11:16 am

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Members:

  • John King - vocals
  • Mike Bulle
  • Jason Simpson
  • Dean Collier - drums

 

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Sixth Floor
Posted: July 03, 2012 - 11:16 am

Sixth Floor is known for blue-collar lyrics, foot stomping riffs and high octane live shows.

Sixth Floor formed in 1995 and has toured national wide in support of groups like Lynyrd Skynrd, Disturbed, Marshall Tucker Band, Kentucky Headhunters, Black Stone Cherry, Ratt and Hell Yeah. 

In 1999 the band performed at CbGb's.  

They have independently released 5 albums and an EP.

Members:

  • John King  - vocals 
  • Jarrod Duke - lead guitar
  • Wade England - bass
  • George Collard - drums

Previous Members:

  • Dave Shaver - bass
  • Rob Dowell - bass
  • Joe Parker - bass
  • Billy Pilgrim - bass

Discography:

  • Wide Open (2008)
  • Southbound (2004)
  • Let Freedom Ring (2002)
  • Supersonic Hydroponic Phototron (1998)
  • Sixth Floor (1996)

Non local influences: Sabbath, Skynrd, COC, Clutch, AC/DC, Four Horsemen, AIC, GNR,Velvet Revolver, 70's guitar rock, Hank III

Affiliations: Supafuzz (shared gigs)

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Sleeper Agent
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Sleeper Agent formed in 2008 without serious intentions. But after their plays from their EP We Got Drunk and Did This grew on MySpace plans were made to record with Matchbox 20 producer Malcolm Springer. They recorded a second EP Bigger Than a Baby's Arm in 2009 which was not received as well. Several personal changes resulted and the group reformed with a new female lead vocalist and resumed work on their album.

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Monday 07/02/2012
Buster Brown
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Buster Brown was formed by Rico Thomas of Louisville in 1970 with musicians from Barren County.   They were an extremely influential band in the area from 1970-1974 and have often been named by the Kentucky HeadHunters as their biggest influence.   It has been suggested that Itchy Brother's music that would evolve into the HeadHunters sound, was a continuation of that "Buster Brown boogie".

Previous Members:

  • Kenny Lee Smith (guitar | 1970 - 1974) [Kenny Lee and the BBQ Blues Band, Big Fun, Duck Butter, Big Al and the Heavyweights, Billy Vaughn Band, Ken Smith Band, Slickrock, Buster Brown,  Black Mountain, Us, inc., The Soulship, The Nobels]
     
  • Bobby Richey (lead vocals | 1970 - 1974)
     
  • Steve Holmes (drums | 1970 - ) [Stray Cats Blues Band, Buster Brown, Carnations, Trendells]
     
  • Rico Thomas (bass | 1970 - 1974) [Rank Outsiders, Hogan's Fountain, Merry Pranksters, Abbey Road on the River, Kenny Lee and the BBQ Band, Big Al and the Heavyweights, Buster Brown, Tim Krekel, Black Mountain Band, Juicy Lucy, The Curbstone Beauties, Hitcock Railway]
  • Daryl Carter
  • Johnnie Edwards [Foreigner, King Cobra, Montrose, Buster Brown]
  • James Kottak [Warrant, King Cobra,The Scorpions]

Trivia:

  • The Kentucky HeadHunters have named Buster Brown as their biggest influence on a number of occasions.  It has been suggested that Itchy Brother's music that would evolve into the HeadHunters sound, was a continuation of that "Buster Brown boogie".

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Tuesday 06/12/2012
Larnelle Harris
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Born in Danville, Ky., Larnelle Harris started playing piano at 9 and graduated from WKU in 1969 with a degree in music education.  He is a gospel singer, songwriter and recording artist.  Harris was one of the first black Christian artists to perform in predominately white churches.   In 1989, his recording of Mighty Spirit was featured in a nationwide TV campaign for the Points of Light Foundation, culminating in a performance of the song for President and Mrs. Bush at the White House in 1991.  As part of the history making Moscow Project in the former Soviet Union, sponsored by the International Bible Society and Youth for Christ International, Harris performed the first gospel concert ever held inside the Kremlin only one week after the 1991 attempted coup.

He has made many television appearances including on The 700 Club, Billy Graham crusades and Gaither Homecoming shows.  Some of his best known recordings are duets with Sandi Patty like More Thank Wonderful and I've Just Seen Jesus.  He performed his own song Mighty Spirit for George H. & Barbara Bush at the White House after it was featured on the 1993 ampaign for the Points of Light Foundation.

He lives with his wife and children in Louisville.  He has composed over 30 songs.

Bands:

  • Gaither Vocal Band (1984-1987)
  • The Spurlows

Discography:

  • Tell It to Jesus
  • A Story to Tell: Hymns & Praises
  • Larenelle... More (1978)
  • Give Me More Love in My Heart (1980)
  • Touch Me Lord (1982)
  • I've Just Seen Jesus (1983)
  • Larnelle Christmas (1986)
  • From a Servant's Hearts (1987)
  • The Father Hath Provided (1987)
  • I Can Begin Again (1989)
  • Larnelle Live...with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir (1990)
  • The Best of 10 Years 1 & 2
  • I Choose Joy (1992)
  • Beyond All the Limits (1994)
  • Unbelievable Love (1995) [Chris Carmichael]
  • Forgiven (Songs celebrating the resurrection)
  • First Love (1998)
  • A Story To Tell (2001)
  • I Want To Be A Star (2005)
  • Best of Larnelle
  • Larnelle Live... Psalms Humns & Spiritual Songs
  • Larnelle Collectors Series

Awards:

  • 5 Grammy Awards
    • 1989 Best Gospel Performance, Male for Larnelle...Christmas
    • 1988 Best Gospel Performance, Male for The Father Hath Provided
    • 1986 Best Solo Gospel Performance for "How Excellent Is Thy Name"
    • 1986 Best Gospel Performance by Duo or Group for "I've Just Seen Jesus" with Sandi Patty
    • 1984 Best Gospel Performance by Duo or Group for "More Than Wonderful" with Sandi Patty
  • 11 Dove Awards
    • 1996 Inspirational Album of the Year for Unbelievable Love
    • 1993 Inspirational Album of the Year for Generation 2 Generation
    • 1992 Inspirational Album of the Year for Larnelle Live...Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs
    • 1988 Male Vocalist of the Year
    • 1986 Inspirational Album of the Year for I've Just Seen Jesus
    • 1983 Inspirational Album of the Year for Touch Me Lord
    • 1983 Male Vocalist of the Year
    • 1981 Contemporary Black Gospel Album of the Year for Give Me More Love In My Heart
  • 2011 Inductee to Kentucky Music Hall of Fame
  • 2008 Amateur Radio Hall of Fame induction
  • 2007 Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee
  • 2005 Soul 2 Soul Radio Award
  •  WKU’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni
  • 3 time Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 19 #1 Radio singles
  • 1991 Silver Bell Award for Distinguished Public Service presented by Ad Council
  • 1989 Cashbox Magazine Award for Contemporary Gospel Single of the Year for I Can Begin Again
  • 1988 Stellar Award, Best Solo Performance by Male Contemporary for The Father Hath Provided
  • 1987, 1986 Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Black Artist
  • 1986 Gospel Music News People's Choice Award for Favorite Black Artist
  • 1981 Religion In Media Award

Trivia:

  • Honorary Doctorate from Campbellsville University
  • Expert ham radio operator
  • He Was a featured soloist at the Vice Presidential Debate of 2000
  • Featured in 2 very popular Christian hard cover books: I've Just Seen Jesus- published by J. Countryman & What my Parents Did Right - published by Star Song Publishing.

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Friday 05/18/2012
John Martin
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Raised in the Rocky Hill community of  Warren County, John Martin is a widely known multi-instrumentalist, for both his jazz and blues performances with various bands as well as The John Martin Trio and The John Martin & Michael Gough Duo.  He teaches music at WKU.

Martin began playing guitar at age 6 or 7, learning from his father.  He first enrolled at WKU in order to take lessons from David Kelsey and was recruited by another mentor, Marshall Scott for the jazz band.  He graduated in 1993 and attended graduate school at Austin Peay where he studied under Stanley Yates.

After earning his Masters Degree he managed a couple of music stores and then spent the next few summers touring with Norm Crosby on Princess Cruise Ships.  He has taught at WKU since 1998. 

In the early 2000's Martin hosted songwriters night at Cumberland Grille with Susan Morris and Paul Petersen.  In 2007 Martin played for the U.S. troops in Iraq with the Michael Scott Band.

Band Affiliations:

  • The John Martin and Michael Gough Duo (-present) [Michael Gough, John Martin]
     
  • Michael Gough Group (1989 - present) [Michael Gough (vocals, bass), John Martin (guitar), Ed Danserau (keyboards), Rodney Williams (drums), Roy Carter (saxophone) | previous members: Curtis Burch (dobro), Jeff "Smitty" Smith (guitar, keyboards), Gordy Deems (guitar), Ernie Raymer (guitar), Mitchell Plumlee (drums), Tom Cerone (drums)]
     
  • The John Martin Trio - Jazz trio [John Martin (guitar), Webb Hendrix - drums), Dave Allen - (bass) | occasionally Paul McCoy - (bass), Woody Lingle - (bass)]
     
  • WKU Faculty Jazz Quintet
     
  • Ernie Small Blues Band
     
  • Marshall Scott Duo
     
  • Michael Scott Band (Milwaukee based country artist)
     
  • Beverly Smith Band [members: Beverly Smith (vocals), Tommy Johnson (guitar), Kevin Lovelace (drums), Dave Allen (bass) | previous members: John Martin - guitar]
     
  • Speechless (1994) [Members: Tom Tutino (guitar), Joe Parker (bass), Fenner Castner (drums), John Martin (guitar)]
     
  • The Crackers (1992) [Greg Martin - guitar, John Martin - vocals, Chris Hardesty - drums, Dean Smith - bass, occasionally Rodney Hatfield - harmonica | evolved into Rufus Huff]
     
  • Curtis Burch Acoustic Trio [Curtis Burch - dobro, John Martin - guitar, Michael Gough - bass]
     
  • Tucats [Paul Petersen - guitar, Michael Strautman - saxophone]
     
  • Geek Love Explosion: (1998-2001) Members: Skot Willis (words, guitar), John Martin (Lead guitar), Donnie Bott - (Occasional live show Guitar), Mike "Snatch" Natcher (Bass), Fenner "The Gimp" Castner  (Drums)
     
  • Voodoo Gruv
     
  • Stranger (1985 - 1990) Original hard rock & covers such as KISS [Greg Hopkins, Todd Smith, John Martin, Todd Owens]
     
  • Cracker Jack [Tony Lindsey - vocals, John Martin - guitar, Mitchell Plumlee - drums, Joe Parker - bass]
  • Al Martino
  • Norm Crosby
  • Red Buttons
  • Clint Holmes
  • Tinsley Ellis
  • Marvin Stamm

Recording Credits:

  • Live at Tedescos (2003) Jazz trio
  • Tucats: Christmas Like Never Before (2006) Jazz Christmas standards [Paul Petersen - vocals/bass, Michael Strautman - saxophone, John Martin - guitar, vocals, fretless bass, Stephen Burks - keyboards, programming, percussion, Andrew Jackson Donelson III - keyboards, Webb Hendrix - drums, percussion, Ryan Lehr - trumpet, Amanda Gardner Strautman - trombone, Brian “Smudge” Roberson - EWI, and Jessika Henbest, Megan Paschall, and B. J. Strautman - vocals]
  • Sonrhea Foundation: Jambodians (2003)  [Sam Bush, Greg Martin, Curtis Burch, Bill Lloyd, Jonell Mosser, Tommy Womack, Sheila Lawrence, Ty Barc, Slickrock, Ruth Burch, David Surface, Kentucky Thunder, Mighty Jeremiahs, Bev Smith Lovelace, Skip Cleavinger, Graham Hudspeth, Byron House, Hal Neel, Mitchell Plumlee, John Martin, Marc Owens, Kim Richey, Suzahn Fiering, Jimmy Hall, Bonnie Bramlett, Chris Carmichael, Mike Clark, Mike Hildreth, Kenny Lee, Kyle Fredrick, Jeff Brooks, Tony Lindsey, HiFi, TyBarc], David Dorris, Richard Young, Fred Young, Kevin Lovelace, Etta Britt, Vickie Carrico, Dean Smith, Anthony Kenney, Kevin McKendree, Steve Polton, Jon McGee, Brad Davis, Chris Brown, Darrell Mansfield]
  • Radiate
  • Show Me State of Mind [Dwight Murdy]

Affiliations: WKU music instructor

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Friday 05/11/2012
William Green [aka Banjo Bill]
Posted: May 11, 2012 - 10:36 am

William "Banjo Bill" Green is a songwriter and banjo player as well as an actor, director and playwright.  A fixture at local coffeehouses and open mic nights for over a decade, Banjo Bill has hosted several open mic nights through the years.  In addition his love of theatre is not only displayed on stage and behind the scenes but through creative performing arts groups at various venues.  Most recently he brings his humor and gift for storytelling to youtube with the Banjo Bill Show.

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Tuesday 04/17/2012
John Carpenter
Posted: April 17, 2012 - 10:07 am

John Carpenter was born in Cathage New York and raised in Bowling Green. according to friends he had already begun experimenting with film before reaching his teens.  He attended College High and was part of the influencial local band The Kaleidoscope.

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Tuesday 04/10/2012
Eliza Calvert Hall
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Eliza Calvert was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky on February 11, 1856.  She took her grandmother's name, Hall to use as her pen name.  She studied at the Western Female Seminary in Oxford, Ohio.  In 1879 she was able to help with the support of her family when two of her poems were accepted by Scribner's magazine.

In 1885 she married Major William Alexander Obenchain of Virginia.  In 1883 he became the president of Ogden College in Bowling Green.  They had four children.

Eliza, or Lida as she was known, began to work for the Kentucky Equal Rights Association and write, circulate petitions and sponsor lectures in support of suffrage.

Her first book, Aunt Jane of Kentucky was a collection of stories about rural Western Kentucky narrated by "Aunt Jane".  It was published in 1907 and ranked in the top 6 most popular books in many cities.  She published two more story collections, a novel and a book on hand-woven coverlets in the early 1900s.

Resources: The Kentucky Museum has an online Eliza Calvert Hall exhibit.

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Michael Sprouse
Posted: April 10, 2012 - 11:55 am

Born in Bowling Green, artist Michael Sprouse has been a professional artist for over 25 years. He began his foray onto the national art scene after becoming co-owner and curator of the acclaimed eklektikos gallery of art in Washington, DC in 1993. Over the next 10 years as curator of eklektikos gallery, he organized hundreds of exhibits incorporating thousands of artworks from countless artists from across the nation and the globe. He also served as curator for off-site exhibitions for several embassies and various art organizations in the DC Metro area.

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Tommy Lee Wallace
Posted: April 10, 2012 - 11:34 am

Tommy Lee Wallace was born September 6, 1949 in Somerset Kentucky.  He grew up in Bowling Green and attended College High.  In high school his band The Kaleidoscope was a major influence on other local musicians.

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Tuesday 03/06/2012
Tommy Womack
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Band Affiliations: [Tommy Womack Band, Daddy, The Bis-Quits, Moral Chain of Custody, Government Cheese]

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Government Cheese
Posted: March 06, 2012 - 10:26 am

Government Cheese
Post Punk | 1985 - 1992;
Reunions

Members:
Discography:
  • Government Cheese: Government Cheese 1985-1995 (2010) [Tommy Womack (guitar, vocals), Skot Willis (vocals, guitar), Billy Mack (bass vocals), Joe "Elvis" King (drums), Viva Las Vegas [aka Chris Becker] (guitar)]
     
  • Government Cheese: It’s a Rock and Roll Party with Government Cheese! (1995) Vinyl Reunion single of Jailbait & The Shrubbery's Dead [Tommy Womack (guitar, vocals), Skot Willis (vocals, guitar), Billy Mack (bass vocals), Joe "Elvis" King (drums), Viva Las Vegas [aka Chris Becker] (guitar), Brad Jones & Government Cheese (producer)]
     
  • Government Cheese: Government Cheese (1992) Tracks: Single, Sunday Driver, Before the Battered, For the Battered, No Sleeping in Penn Station, A Little Bit of Sex, Fall in Love with You, Driver's Ed Films, Search and Destroy, Selling Out, Somewhere Between, Life Outside the Window, I Wanna Be a Man, Nothing Feels Good [Tommy Womack (guitar, vocals), Skot Willis (vocals, guitar), Billy Mack (bass vocals), Joe "Elvis" King (drums), Viva Las Vegas [aka Chris Becker] (guitar), Government Cheese (produced), Marc Owens & Donnie Bott (engineered), High Street Studios (recorded)]
     
  • Government Cheese: Three Chords/No Waiting (1989) Tracks: Bathtub, He Asked, Mammaw Drives The Bus, I Can't Make You Love Me, Yellow Cling Peaches, Stay With Me, Camping on Acid, The Shrubbery's Dead, Fish Stick Day, Face to Face [Tommy Womack (guitar, vocals), Skot Willis (vocals, guitar), Billy Mack (bass vocals), Joe "Elvis" King (drums), Viva Las Vegas [aka Chris Becker] (guitar)]
     
  • Government Cheese: Come On Back to Bowling Green and Marry Me (1987) 4 song EP.  The video for Face to Face received MTV play.  Tracks: C'mon Back to Bowling Green, Underneath the Water Tower, Face to Face, Inside of You [Tommy Womack (guitar, vocals), Skot Willis (vocals, guitar), Billy Mack (bass vocals), Joe "Elvis" King (drums), Scott Tutt (producer), Jon "Mr. Big" D'Amelio (engineer), Chelsea Studios (recorded)]
     
  • Government Cheese: Things Are More Like They Are Now Than They’ve Ever Been Before (1985) 4 song EP, Tracks: This Life's For Me, Oh Yeah, Face In The Crowd, Rebecca Whitmire [Tommy Womack (guitar, vocals), Skot Willis (vocals, guitar), Billy Mack (bass vocals), Joe "Elvis" King (drums), Byron House (producer), Marc Owens (engineer), High Street Studios (recorded)]

Influences: The Jam, The Clash, Ramones, Iggy, The Dolls, Zep, The Endtables, The Gun Club, The Replacements, R.E.M, Jim Carroll, Babylon Dance Band, Johnny Cash, Social Distortion, Hanoi Rocks, Patsy Cline, Jason and the Scorchers

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Wednesday 02/08/2012
John M. (aka Johnny, JMT) Thompson
Posted: February 08, 2012 - 10:28 am

Born in Nashville in 1968 and attended WKU settling in Scottsville.  Band leader and solo artist, Thompson is the founder/owner and primary instructor for the Scottsville Conservatory and serves as the Allen County - Scottsville Arts Council's Director.

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