Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sweetheart of the Rodeo returns to the Ryman

Oct.11, 2018
Nashville, TN

Story By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo
Photos By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo

Fifty years ago the Byrds were in Nashville recording “Sweetheart of the Rodeo”, having been influenced by the country roots of Gram Parsons who joined after the departure of David Crosby.
Country Rock's birth happened and although it took decades this album is now considered one of the most influential for the “Americana” genre today. To celebrate it's 50th anniversary Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman joined forces with Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives (“cousin” Kenny Vaughn, “handsome” Harry Stinson, and Chris Scruggs) to perform not just the songs from album but also legendary songs from the Byrds catalog of hits along with a special nod to Tom Petty with whom all had collaborated.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Rain, the Mud, and Bourbon & Beyond

Champions Park
Louisville, KY 9-22-18
By Michael Yanko
Rock Legends Photographers

First off I must say that this was the best festival out of hundreds I have been to over my many years. The organization was unprecedented. There were many different kinds of food and drink vendors, rental lockers in different locations, adequate and friendly staff, large twin stages right next to each other with a large photo pit that transcended the length, great sound, and excellent lighting. When your festival is in Kentucky and your sponsors include several major bourbon distilleries it makes sense that you would be able to provide the best festival accommodations in the country.

Unfortunately the nonstop rain made the clay-based ground entirely too slippery to walk on so the second day of the festival was called off for safety reasons. The wet ground was like walking on ice and although we never fell, we heard that many of the guests did hit the ground. Meticulously placing every step, the 150-yard trek to our locker to grab our stuff before leaving took about 45 minutes.

Sting and Shaggy

Daily's Place
Jacksonville, FL
by Michael Yanko
Rock Legends Photographers

     Although I've been a Sting fan since the debut of the first album The Police did back in 1978, it had been over 25 years since I had seen him perform. I really didn't know what to expect, especially when you throw in some Shaggy. My curiosity was piqued.


Midge Ure (Ultravox) and Paul Young

The Plaza Live
Orlando, FL 9-16-18
by Michael Yanko
Rock Legends Photographers

When you go to see and hear 80's artists perform you sort of have to put your ears in your heart and hope for the best. On this particular evening that wasn't necessary as both Midge Ure and Paul Young did a fantastic job of entertaining the crowd with the hits from their careers.

The Plaza Live in Orlando is an intimate venue where every seat in the house has a great view and excellent sound. The staff there is very accommodating, the seats are comfortable, and on this evening the air was charged with excitement for the show the guests were about to enjoy.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Godsmack, Shinedown, with guest Red Run Rising kick off Fall in Central Illinois

Peoria Civic Center - Peoria, Illinois March 11th, 2018
Review and Photos by Jeremy Rickman of JKR Photography

The warm Fall temps was nothing compared to the Fire raging in Central Illinois with Godsmack and Shinedown performing full sets at the Peoria Civic Center along with guests Red Sun Rising. Fans from all over the Midwest made their ways to the area to take in an awesome lineup that 105.7 put together for their Fall Frenzy. Kicking off the season right.

Friday, September 14, 2018

A Slice of Americanafest Rooftop Style

Sept. 15, 2018
Nashville, TN

Story By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo
Photos By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo

Americanafest comes once a year where Artists, industry movers and shakers, dedicated fans, and media come together in Music City USA to celebrate and showcase American music. This year other commitments curtailed your correspondents ability to take advantage of the cornucopia of music offered. But the chance to see out of town friends at the Concord Music group party on the patio of the Capstar building could not be ignored. And after that a rooftop showcase at the new Bobby hotel beckoned.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Beth Hart Orlando, FL

Hard Rock Live
Orlando, FL 8-10-18
by Michael Yanko
Rock Legends Photographers

From the moment she weaved through the crowd from the back of the venue to the stage while singing her opening note to the final note of the last song, Beth Hart totally captivated every single person in attendance. 

I was a fan of her music before seeing her live but after seeing her perform I have to say that there is no reason for her not to win every female blues award until she hangs it up and stops singing. There is so much emotion in her show and she deserved every one of the standing ovations she received that night.

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