See Malcolmb Holcombe, Tyrone Cotton, Aaron Woody Wood and Kathleen Hoye
We are proud to present Malcolm Holcombe, Kathleen Hoye, Tyrone Cotton and Aaron "Woody" Wood with storyteller Graham Shelby. Following tonight's show we will adjourn to the downstairs area for a special tribute to Tim Krekel whose birthday is October 10. This year it's 10/10/10, and Tim would have been 60. Local artists will perform Tim's music beginning as soon as this evening's show ends. Kentucky Homefront is a radio show recorded live in Clifton Center's Eifler Theatre. Featuring Kentucky's finest acoustic folk, traditional, blues, country and bluegrass musicians, and its best storytellers, shows are heard on WFPK (91.9 FM) Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. Here are Long Descriptions of October 9 Kentucky Homefront Performers taken from their own Websites: Samuel Tyrone Cotton - singer/songwriter/guitarist, grew up in Louisville. His Baptist preacher grandfather's rough, beautifully arresting voice and his mother's love of gospel and R&B were his early musical influences. Cotton took up the guitar at 13 and by 15 he was playing in garage bands. He began to realize that the music within him was making him feel emotions that he could share and communicate with others. While studying classical guitar in college he began playing blues in local coffee shops and small venue. He also began to sing. He developed a love for words, especially the work of Langston Hughes, and began to realize their power. The desire to play music, to sing, and to tell a story was born. For Cotton, the blues was a point of departure. He mixed it with folk, rock, jazz, and pop. On his recording, produced by Danny Kiely, Louisville, KY-based Tyrone Cotton is accompanied by a truly stellar group of musicians. Keyboardist Gabe Dixon, (Paul McCartney, Gabe Dixon Band), guitarist Steve Ferguson, guitarist Tim Krekel, drummer Tommy Hambridge (Susan Tedeschi) and harpist known only to us as "Jellyroll" Johnson. In addition to Ferguson and Krekel many other Louisville natives present here include drummer Paul Culligan, guitarist Mark "Lupe" Hamilton, keyboardist Pete Petersen, saxophonist Reid Jahn, and Danny Kiely on double bass. Tyrone has recently opened for the Legendary Blind Boys of Alabama, Jolie Holland, and Grammy-nominated artist, James Hunter. Cotton has moved audiences large and small from New York University to the Kyoto International Folk Festival in Japan. He has a self-titled CD. Kathleen Hoye grew up in Louisville, but began her songwriting career in 1996, in Northern Ireland, singing and playing alongside a Belfast-based acoustic duo. She returned to the U.S. In 1999, and began opening for Paula Cole, Leon Russell, Gillian Welch, Patti Loveless, AJ Croce, Patti Griffin, and Iris DeMent. The lyrics in her first album, Delilah, are impressionistic rather than narrative, relying on archetypal imagery and the logic of dreams to explore themes of artistic struggle and release, spirit, and the solace of time. Her second project, Unbridled, is a groovy, relaxed ride through songs that "will kill you pretty" and that "linger like a sweet kiss goodbye" according to one music critic. Here the songs are about love, horses, and the value of spending time alone. During a brief stay in Knoxville, TN, she was voted one of the "Top Ten Acts in Knoxville" by the Knoxville Music Industry Association. Kathleen has two CDs, Delilah, and Unbridled. Malcolm Holcombe is a chain-smoking, coffee-loving, flannel shirt-wearing man with a five-o’clock shadow and a cutting stare, but the minute he walks on a stage, out comes the performer with his jabbered witticisms and off-beat style. Malcolm’s is a rustic, rugged, grass-roots sound distilled from the Appalachia Mountains with a soulful blues feel. From the foothills of Appalachia North Carolina, Malcolm found musical inspiration from a pocket transistor radio, his mom's French harp, and the TV variety shows Sing Along with Mitch, The Flatt and Scruggs Show, and The Ed Sullivan show. He learned to play a few chords on a flat-top guitar his mother bought from Sears in the mid-sixties, and the handy Mel Bay Chord Book. There are echoes of John Prine and Guy Clark and the lesser-known kindred spirit Bill Morrissey, but the total package is all Malcolm Holcombe. His is a sound that combines harmonica-blessed folk, acoustic blues, stringband country, and small-town-bred soul. Malcolm toured with Shelby Lynne and opened for such notable artists as Merle Haggard, Richard Thompson, John Hammond, Leon Russell and Wilco. Malcolm also traveled with a band called Redwing and after a stint in Florida he moved on to Nashville, TN. His 2005 CD release, I Never Heard You Knockin', earned four stars in Performing Songwriter and American Songwriter. The Wall Street Journal's Jim Fusilli calls the CD "one of the best discs of 2005,” as does Jim Farber in The New York Daily News. Malcolm's 2006 CD release, Not Forgotten, revealed a meeting ground where traditional and contemporary folk, rock and blues all converge. The critical acclaim Malcolm always deserved through publications like Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal and Billboard Magazine, came with Gamblin’ House, his last CD. He’s been featured in BBC and NPR interviews, countless local radio shows, newspapers, blogs and foreign press. The album was in the top 20 of the Americana Music Association chart for 9 straight weeks. His latest CD is For the Mission Baby. Aaron “Woody” Wood is from the mountains of Western North Carolina and is steeped in the knowledge, legacy, and traditions of Bluegrass music. His father, A.L. Wood, and his band, The Smokey Ridge Boys, toured the traditional bluegrass circuit alongside legends Bill Monroe and The Stanley Brothers and Seldom Scene. Tagging along with his father to various festivals, Woody experienced the power of music. As he got older his musical horizons grew to include soul, R&B, blues, folk, rock, jazz and that music began to blend with the sounds of his childhood. His songs are stories that are delivered as if he was giving his first account and confession of the subject matter. One look at the long list of artists he has shared the stage with exemplifies his diversity, not to mention respect from his musical peers. From Jimmy Martin to Leon Russel, R.L. Burnside to Warren Haynes,country music superstar, Sara Evans, to Carlos Santana, Woody has played and learned from some of those who have helped shape music into what it is today. Woody was a pivotal member of the Blue Rags. He was also recorded and performed with many of New Orleans and Western North Carolina's finest musicians in what was a blending of musical styles, combining New Orleans Jazz and Bluegrass. The Blue Brass Sessions featured members of Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Larry Keel,Troy Trombone and Shorty Andrews. Graham Shelby - Our storyteller, tells stories on stage, paper and radio. He's put together three programs for schools, libraries, and festivals and has frequently appeared on Kentucky Homefront front porch. Where Do We Go Now? This explores the ups, downs, triumphs and occasionally hilarious disappointments of Shelby's tragicomic attempts to become an artist between the ages of 16 and 36. This show examines the choices young artists face as they try to realize their potential. Big in Japan. In the three years Shelby lived in Japan, he collected stories you've never heard and will scarcely believe including ancient folk tales as well as original personal experience stories Scared in Japan. While the Japanese do not celebrate Halloween, they've got plenty of scary stories. Graham has collected chilling tales of Japanese demons, monsters, shape-shifters and spirits that seek revenge from beyond the grave.