Live Music

Honey & Houston

Original Americana band from Cincinnati / Northern KY.
Hailing from Northern Kentucky, Lauren Houston and Heather Turner are the fuel behind the fire of Honey & Houston.  Joined by multi-instrumentalist Mark Cretcher and drummer Daniel Peterson the band has quickly become a fixture on the Cincinnati scene, playing high-profile festivals like Buckle Up and the Whispering Beard as well as opening for national acts including Tim O’Brien, Eilen Jewell, David Bromberg, and Scott Miller / Rayna Gellert.  In 2014 they were nominated for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award. The group blends diverse influences with sweet melodies and goosebump-inducing harmonies.

Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Band

Traditional Bluegrass music.

Mama Said String Band

Mama Said String Band is a five-piece group based out of Louisville, Kentucky. Their combined musical backgrounds, spanning multiple cultures, styles, and genres, with a strong focus on vocal harmony and innovative instrumentation, builds a unique aural medley. Known for having a strong female presence, they gather influences from Bluegrass, Folk, and Americana. The Mama Said String Band brings to life sounds once forgotten while creating a youthful yet tactfully delivered message.

In the past two years, this ensemble has performed at various notable festivals and events including FloydFest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, and Terrapin Hill Farm. In June 2018 the band was named runner-up at the annual John Hartford Memorial Festival band competition. They also were nominated as a finalist in the category of BLUEGRASS ARTIST of the year for the Louisville Music Awards. Mama Said String Band released their debut album in February 2018 and reviewers have boldly praised the up and coming five-piece.

restlesslegstringbandRestless Leg String Band

Restless Leg String Band is a 4–Piece Bluegrass Arrangement straight from the heart of The Bluegrass — Lexington, Kentucky. Restless Leg String Band draws from a deep well of traditional string band music, combined with unique original material to create a new ‘Progressive Bluegrass.’

Joe & Casey have played in multiple projects together and started pickin’ acoustic on the street in downtown Lexington, Ky, in the late summer of 2013. During that time they were looking to start a new, local-bluegrass project. Meeting regularly, they began writing/collaborating and learning new/old songs.

They took their acoustic instruments & pickin’ all around downtown Lexington at Thursday Night Live, as well as their weekly spot, the Wildcat Market on Columbia Ave. Located on the University of Kentucky’s campus. Many other friends and musicians joined in, one being a mandolin player, Alex Guagenti.

Alex quickly formed a very friendly and very tight bond with Joe and Casey through their music. Restless Leg String Band was born into existence.

Ishi joined after filling in during the summer months of 2014, he is a well-known musician in & around Kentucky. He has been in touring acts such as; Bloodroots Barter, YoHo Buffalo, & The Ishi Wooton Experience.

Jonathan Bramel or “Jonny B.” sat in with RLSB in 2015/2016, and is well-known from acts such as: Vessel, Hollow Bone, Allmanacs & Tim Boone & Friends. Jonny B. has recently become a full-time member in 2017.

Incorporating traditional bluegrass numbers, high-energy originals and a vast range of cover material, they started booking gigs and pickin’ and playing as much as possible. Quickly gaining a reputation for festivals and venues alike.

Members:

  • Joe Schlaak- Bass/ Vocals
  • Casey Baumgardner- Guitar/ Vocals
  • Ishi Wooton- Fiddle/ Vocals
  • Jonathan Bramel -Banjo/Dobro/Vocals

Whiskey Bent Valley Boy’s Whiskey Bent Valley Boys

Now, these boys will take you through the hills of ol’ Kentucky, bearing the stores, traditions, and liquor that date back a century. This old-time band delivers with an intensity that would knock the sock’s right off of their forefathers’ feet.

Hailing from the backwoods of Bloomfield, Kentucky. The Whiskey Bent Valley Boy’s pay homage to their southern kin. Songs from the tobacco fields to the rivers, iron skillets to moonshine stills, upbeat and professional, this band possesses the skill to honor history and preserve the instrument, their style and every authentic nuance of the day. With their sense of fashion, from overalls to string ties, straw hats to silk vests, along with turbocharged performances, their approach breathes fire into this vintage genre.

Incorporating time-honored treasures from such icons as Roscoe Holcomb, The Stanley Brothers, and fiddle legend Tommy Jarrell, or a roster of original compositions including crowd-pleasers “Graveyard Blues” or “Old Kentucky” the band puts on a timeless, energized show, Playing everything from ballads, breakdowns, sea shanties, and swamp stomps. Audiences from children on their parent’s knee to packed saloons past midnight, and finding favor with the older generation as well makes for a wide range of appeal.

The boys take cues from parents and grandparents who have tapped into folk-country and bluegrass through festivals, radio and endless collections of vinyl recordings. Band founder Col. Mason Dixon hails from a long line of musicians and will tell you it’s not so much in the whiskey as it is the DNA. Each member’s family performs and enjoys the indigenous music of the Appalachian foothills and pastures of Kentucky.

Appearances on a wide range of radio and tv programs, state fairs, square dance’s and festivals have brought them an active fan base for this region. Often times the boys bring a delicious yield of their summer crops to gigs in bushel baskets for the taking. Going even more down to earth, they are making their cd packaging “green.” All of their records are made from industrial hemp paper and recycled cardboard with environmentally-friendly, vegetable-based inks.

No matter whats chillin’ in your mason jar, sour mash or sweet tea, come on out for a live show where the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys will be pounding out the swing dancing, foot stompin, hard-driving tunes that are guaranteed to tickle your innards.

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