Posts Tagged ‘Kentucky’

Kilborn Alley Blues

Band fuses harmonica, guitar and pounding rhythms

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

On tonight’s episode of Jubilee—Summertime Blues, the Kilborn Alley Blues Band—a Chicago group with a classic ensemble sound—fuses harmonica, guitar and pounding rhythm. The series was recorded at the 2010 W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival in Henderson, Kentucky.

Members of the band take the stage with a vengeance, proving that their musical influences are wide and varying, reflecting everything from Robert Johnson and James Cotton, the genres of rap and reggae, to Elmore James and Jimi Hendrix. In fact, lead vocalist Andrew Duncanson and guitarist Josh Stimmel met in high school over a conversation about a Hendrix t-shirt.

Kilborn Alley Blues Band has racked up many Blues Blast Magazine award nominations and wins over the past several years, including nominations as best band in 2009 and 2011 and rising star winner in 2009.

The group released its self-titled album in 2003, releasing two more in 2006 and 2007. In 2010, Kilborn Alley Blues Band released its fourth album, Better Off Now, whose title track was a 2010 Blues Blast nominee for song of the year. The album was also nominated for best album of the year in 2010.

This episode of Jubilee—Summertime Blues premieres Tuesday, August 23 at 10/9 pm CT on KET.

Swampy blues

Zydeco fun rules the night

Thursday, August 16, 2011


On tonight’s episode of Jubilee—Summertime Blues, Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble dishes up zydeco steeped in contemporary R&B, and Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm pulsates with raw energy. The series was recorded at the 2010 W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival in Henderson, Kentucky.

Taylor and his band get the zydeco party started with a lawn packed full of festival goers. Born and raised in Louisiana, Taylor has been around music his entire life. As a teenager, he began playing drums in his father’s band, where he learned deep Louisiana blues, soul and zydeco. By the time he was 25, Taylor had played drums for some of the state’s blues legends, including C.C. Adcock, Steve Riley and John Hart.

While traveling with legend C.J. Chenier, Taylor realized he enjoyed playing the accordion. He purchased his first one and learned to play it in six months. Taylor was part of the band Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie for several years before forming his current one.

Mississippi-native Burnside, the grandson of the legendary R.L. Burnside and son of drummer great Calvin Jackson, is a drummer in his own right. Growing up at his grandfather’s side, he began touring at age 13, playing on stages around the globe.

In addition to his grandfather, Burnside also has played with countless others, including Junior Kimbrough, Kenny Brown, North Mississippi Allstars, Burnside Exploration, Bobby Rush and Widespread Panic.

Born in rural Missouri, Malcolm grew up near a railroad, and today the train remains a theme in his music, serving as inspiration for his steady, insistent bass rhythms. He has played throughout the years with many of the best Mississippi blues artists, including CeDell Davis, R.L. Burnside and Hubert Sumlin.

Joining forces, Burnside and Malcolm form a “Mississippi duo” that produces an authentic swampy, backwoods sound that audiences love.

This episode of Jubilee—Summertime Blues premieres Tuesday, August 16 at 10/9 p.m. CT on KET.

Loving life in Louisville

New edition of Louisville Life

Friday, May 20, 2011

This week Louisville Life pays tribute to Armed Forces Day by profiling the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery. Located in Louisville, this cemetery was established in 1928 by an act of Congress initiated by the Taylor family. The cemetery includes the family burial site where President Taylor, a hero of the Mexican American War is interred.

In the studio, host Candyce Clifft speaks with Kevin Connelly, executive director of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. We learn what the Center is doing to help nonprofit organizations serve our community.

Just upriver from Louisville, on the banks of the Ohio in Carrollton, Kentucky, the Highland House Bed & Breakfast welcomes guests. We visit and learn the back story of this historic place. Plus, we join Elizabeth Schaaf, owner of Elizabeth’s Timeless Attire (a vintage clothing store on Frankfort Avenue). She and a group of friends calling themselves “The Baubles” have a club for vintage-clothing lovers who come together each month for “dress up.”

The Et Cetera segment explores the history of perhaps the most widely known social club in the Commonwealth, the Pendennis Club.

Come along Saturday, May 21 at 7/6 pm CT on KET and Sunday, May 22 at noon/11 am CT and Thursday, May 26 at 7:30/6:30 pm CT on KET2.

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