Arts & Culture http://wkyufm.org en Teenage Songwriters Take On 'Bro-Country' http://wkyufm.org/post/teenage-songwriters-take-bro-country No theme has dominated country radio playlists and charts more in the past couple of years than celebration of the sort of small-town good life that features trucks, beer and scantily clad women as the must-have accessories. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 NPR Staff 51398 at http://wkyufm.org Teenage Songwriters Take On 'Bro-Country' Counting Crows Headline This Weekend's Master Musicians Festival in Somerset http://wkyufm.org/post/counting-crows-headline-weekends-master-musicians-festival-somerset <p>Counting Crows, a band which had several hits in the 1990s, is set to perform this weekend at the Master Musicians Festival in Somerset.&nbsp; The schedule of artists also includes St. Paul and the Broken Bones, a band <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/03/20/289607137/from-preacher-to-grass-cutter-to-earth-shaking-soul-singer" target="_blank">featured in March</a> on <em>Morning Edition</em>.<br /><br />Festival president Tiffany Bourne says organizers aren’t restricted to any particular kind of music when they finalize the lineup.<br /><br />“We just look at any and all genres for musical excellence,” said Bourne. “We try to bring musical excellence to rural Kentucky. &nbsp;We don’t really have a criteria, we just pick what we think the crowd’s gonna like.”<br /><br />Bourne says this weekend’s lineup will include some local fare.&nbsp; Four local singer-songwriters have been chosen to perform in the “Songwriter Social” at Noon Eastern Saturday.<br /><br />“That’s another great part of our festival is that we have a lot of local bands that get to share the same stage as national artists,” said Bourne.<br /> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:22:03 +0000 Emil Moffatt 50860 at http://wkyufm.org Counting Crows Headline This Weekend's Master Musicians Festival in Somerset Harris, City of Danville To Receive Governor's Awards In The Arts http://wkyufm.org/post/harris-city-danville-receive-governors-awards-arts <p>WKU alumnus Larnelle Harris is among the winners of the 2014 Governor’s Awards in the Arts.&nbsp; The honorees were announced Wednesday by the Kentucky Arts Council.&nbsp; Harris has won five Grammy awards and is a member of the Gospel Hall of Fame.&nbsp;<br /><br />The City of Danville will be honored with the Government award for its contributions to the arts. Danville hosts the annual Great American Brass Band Festival each June. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />The awards will be presented in a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort in October.<br /> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:59:08 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 50793 at http://wkyufm.org Harris, City of Danville To Receive Governor's Awards In The Arts Owensboro Looking to Become Part of Americana Music Triangle http://wkyufm.org/post/owensboro-looking-become-part-americana-music-triangle <p></p><p>Owensboro is shooting to become the northernmost point on the Americana Music Triangle looking to join other cities on the 1,500 mile trail that includes nine music genres.</p><p>Currently, New Orleans serves as the southern point while the northern points include the Tennessee cities of Memphis and Nashville.</p><p>Aubrey Preston and the Franklin, Tennessee based Americana Music Association created the trail and recently visited Owensboro to discuss with local officials the possibility of including it.</p><p>The city's become a hub for bluegrass music and tourism. It's home to the International Bluegrass Music Museum and holds and annual bluegrass festival, the River of Music Party or ROMP, that draws about 20,000 people. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:51:44 +0000 Associated Press 50642 at http://wkyufm.org Owensboro Looking to Become Part of Americana Music Triangle Hines Book Documents Bowling Green-Native's Influence On The Way America Eats On the Go http://wkyufm.org/post/hines-book-documents-bowling-green-natives-influence-way-america-eats-go <p>Louis Hatchett was a graduate student in search of a master’s thesis when he came upon a book called “Adventures in Good Eating”.&nbsp; The author was Duncan Hines and the book would transform the course of Hatchett’s professional life.<br /><br />“Duncan Hines is probably a kindred spirit,” said Hatchett. “When I read that he would travel from Chicago to Detroit for lunch, I said ‘this man is just like me’, because I’ve traveled 200 miles to eat a steak and gone back home the same day.”<br /><br />We visited recently with Hatchett at the Duncan Hines Exhibit at the Kentucky Museum on the WKU campus.<br /><br />After compiling reams of research, the Henderson, Kentucky author eventually produced a 750-page manuscript.&nbsp; He whittled the content down to 75 pages for his thesis and 300 pages for a book called “Duncan Hines: How a Traveling Salesman Became the Most Trusted Name in Food”.&nbsp; The book was originally published under a slightly different title in 2001, but was republished this spring. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />In the book, Hatchett contends that Hines created a revolution when it came to roadside dining. He says more people died from food poisoning in the 1930s along American roadways than they did in car accidents. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:49:30 +0000 Emil Moffatt 50119 at http://wkyufm.org Hines Book Documents Bowling Green-Native's Influence On The Way America Eats On the Go Danville's 'Great American Brass Band Festival' Turns 25 http://wkyufm.org/post/danvilles-great-american-brass-band-festival-turns-25 <p>The Great American Brass Band Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend in Danville.&nbsp; Brass band music fans from around the world are expected to descend upon the town for the event.</p><p>“The best brass bands play on our stages – it’s quite an honor for them to do so. And so we bring the best of the best, and I think that’s part of why we’ve survived for 25 years and we intend to be around for many more, ” said executive director Niki Kinkade.</p><p>Kinkade says the event is expected to draw 30,000 people this weekend.<br /><br />“It’s very much a community driven festival, we are basically financially supported by our community and through volunteerism and through all sorts of different activities that go on over the four-day weekend," said Kinkade. "The entire community comes together and helps to put this event on.”<br /> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:49:24 +0000 Emil Moffatt 49123 at http://wkyufm.org Danville's 'Great American Brass Band Festival' Turns 25 Wet Forecast Leads Organizers to Cancel Music Festival http://wkyufm.org/post/wet-forecast-leads-organizers-cancel-music-festival <p>The forecast for rain this weekend has led to the cancelation of the Stucky Music Festival set for Saturday near the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.<br /><br /><a href="http://stuckymusicfestival.com/index.html">Thirteen bands</a> had been scheduled to play throughout the day Saturday. Organizers say tickets purchased online have already been refunded, while those who purchased them in person will need to return them for a refund.<br /><br />The event will not be re-scheduled.<br /> Thu, 08 May 2014 18:15:42 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 47737 at http://wkyufm.org Wet Forecast Leads Organizers to Cancel Music Festival Kentucky Inducts Hunter S. Thompson Into Its Journalism Hall Of Fame http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-inducts-hunter-s-thompson-its-journalism-hall-fame The Kentucky Derby will be run this Saturday in Louisville. The thoroughbred horse race, now 140 years old, is one of the country’s legendary sporting events, but it also played a major role in spawning a new kind writing style, created by another Louisville product, the late Hunter S. Fri, 02 May 2014 19:04:22 +0000 editor 47475 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Inducts Hunter S. Thompson Into Its Journalism Hall Of Fame 2014 SOKY Book Festival to Feature Nearly 150 Authors http://wkyufm.org/post/2014-soky-book-festival-feature-nearly-150-authors <p></p><p>An organizer of an upcoming book festival in Bowling Green says it’s becoming more of a challenge to get authors at larger publishers to appear at events for free.</p><p>Kristie Lowry is literary outreach coordinator with WKU Libraries, and an organizer with the <a href="http://www.sokybookfest.org/About" target="_blank">Southern Kentucky Book Festival.</a> She says book companies have cut their budgets related to book tours and marketing campaigns.</p><p>“So getting the authors to come to an event like ours for free, which would have been a little easier back in the day, is harder to do now,” Lowry told WKU Public Radio. “And Penguin and Random House have their own speaker bureaus now, so they market their authors, but you have to pay a fee in order to have them come into town.”</p><p>Lowry says another growing trend in the literary world is the rising number of self-published authors. She says many self-published writers in the southern Kentucky region, like Allison Jewell and Jennie Brown, have loyal followings and are well-received when they appear on panels at local book festivals. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:48:41 +0000 Kevin Willis 47043 at http://wkyufm.org 2014 SOKY Book Festival to Feature Nearly 150 Authors Owensboro Native, Elizabethtown Resident Continues Making Waves in Opera World http://wkyufm.org/post/owensboro-native-elizabethtown-resident-continues-making-waves-opera-world <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The rise to prominence in the opera world continues for an </span>Owensboro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> native.</span></p><p>Last week, Anthony Clark Evans was&nbsp;named a winner of the Sarah Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music foundation. Evans is one of only five young opera singers nationwide to win the $5,000 award this year.&nbsp;The audition for the grant was by invitation only.<br /><br />“What it really means to me, is that I’m able to maybe make a few extra trips here and there and audition for more people because I’ll have a little bit of extra cash just sitting in the bank,” said Evans.&nbsp; “I’ll be able to maybe take a flight out to New York again to sing for somebody that’s important out there.”<br /><br />The&nbsp; 28-year-old baritone now resides in Elizabethtown but is currently studying at the Ryan Center of Lyric Opera in Chicago. He says he comes from a long line of singers.</p><p><br />“It really comes from my father. He was a trained singer and his father was a trained singer. I think it goes back four or five generations,” said Evans.</p><p>He studied voice at Murray State, but left school twice to save up more money to continue his education. The second time away, he got married and the couple settled in Elizabethtown where he took a job at a car dealership.&nbsp;<br /> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:03:00 +0000 Emil Moffatt 46538 at http://wkyufm.org Owensboro Native, Elizabethtown Resident Continues Making Waves in Opera World