Dave Lavender: C&S Railroad's live recording expected to be out soon
It's always fun to be a part of a live recording session. My soul is still abuzz after last weekend's two-night recording session with C&S Railroad working their stage magic.
I stopped in Saturday night to hear award-winning bluesman Chris Sutton and his ace unit C&S Railroad tear up the joint at the Huntington Ale House, with engineer Brian Hensley taping the band for an upcoming live CD that will probably feature at least 10 mostly original tunes including such keepers as "Let's Roll," and "17-Foot-Tall," as well as such killer covers as Sutton's unique take on "John Hardy."
While it may be a while before the live CD and videos (from Huntington's stellar Brainwrap Productions) surface, you can get a sweet slice of C&S Railroad at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, as they kick off the Fifth Annual Diamond Teeth Mary Blues and Arts Festival with a blues-themed Party on the Patio at Heritage Station.
In Sunday's Life section you can read more about that burgeoning festival, which will run from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at Harris Riverfront Park with a slew of regionally-based killer blues acts.
Speaking of rock on and off the rails
Area rock fans will get a cool theater rock treat Friday night as the Ro-Na Theater, 312 South Third St., Ironton, hosts Derailed (Nick Erlenwein, Mark and Tim Mains, Tommy Woods and Ronnie Pierce) for a live video concert taping. The band, which is taking the stage at 9:30 p.m. will also be handing out copies of its recent demo, "Crossing The Line," as well.
You might want to get there early as there's an 8 p.m. Swimsuit USA bikini contest with a $1,500 prize.
Make a run to Rivers Fest
Back in the day, me and my sis Cats tried to raft with all of the West Virginia rafting companies plying the New River. We made it to most, and have tons of fond memories of Rivers, the rowdy Fayette Station Road rafting company that went full bore on and off the river.
This weekend, the old River Campground is hosting a kickball tournament on Saturday that includes live music all day long as well. Admission is only $5 and there's a ton of local Tri-State favorites on the bill including Mark Cline Bates, Goodwolf, ONA, Andrew Adkins, Modock Rounders, Of The Dell, and Qiet who recently opened for Old Crow Medicine Show.
There will be great food provided by The Rolling Stove. There's also a kids corner with bounce houses, and sumo wrestling so the little guys can live it up carnival style.
There are a few slots left to play as well. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up the day of the event. Registration to play is $20 and gets you a t-shirt, event admission and an entry in the raffle.
From Paw Paw to the tractor bar
Maybe my all-time favorite West Virginia band, The Carpenter Ants, is once again pairing up with the smokin' Atlanta powerhouse soul gospel singer Rev. R.L. Bush, and touring just about every corner of the state this week.
The Ants and Rev Bush, who first joined forces at last year's WV Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony during which the Swan Silvertones were inducted, are playing in some of the state's funkiest spaces including The Purple Fiddle in Thomas on Friday; at the Avalon Music Festival at the (famous clothes-optional) Avalon Resort on Saturday and then on Sunday at 5 p.m., at Mount Nebo's famed The Tractor Bar.
If you can't make it to one of those sure-to-be-epic shows, the Carpenter Ants will be back by popular demand at the Pullman Square Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21.
Fall heating up at the V Club
We've got a great interview with Milwaukee's best (R&B that is) Charles Walker Band running in Saturday's paper. The band will be burning up the stage at the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington.
The V Club has just announced some killer new fall shows including roping in the first national tour for The Jeff Austin band.
Austin, the mandolinist and lead singer for Yonder Mountain String Band, has Danny Barnes (banjo and vocals), Eric Thorin (bass and vocals), and Ross Martin (guitar and vocals) as the Jeff Austin Band. They have also have been in the studio with a number of other friends, heroes and mentors to record an album due out early in 2015.
The band, which is playing our bud Kris McFarland's NedFest next week in Colorado, will be rolling into Huntington for for a Saturday, Oct. 11 concert at the V Club.
Tickets for the Jeff Austin concert (first 100 are $15) are on sale now, as are tickets ($25) for that Friday, Oct. 10, when Tracy Lawrence will stop in for an acoustic solo concert.
Go online at www.vclublive.com for more info on other national and regional act concerts of all flavors.
Country coming down
First off a belated tip of the hat to Brandon Whitt, the Ironton singer who took home the top prize at the recent 33rd annual Colgate Country Showdown sponsored by WTCR-FM.
After winning the regional competition, Whitt moves onto the Ohio State competition set for Saturday, Sept. 5 in Marietta, Ohio at the Adelphia Music Hall.
Best of luck to Whitt. Speaking of some WTCR-FM country, Clint, Judy and Cledus announced this morning that country star Dierks Bentley will be coming to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena on Nov. 20.
Bentley, whose armed with his summer hit, "Drunk On a Plane," will be bringing the 20-city run of his 2014 "Riser" Tour in with special guests Randy Houser and Eric Paslay and rising Canadian artist Tim Hicks on the stops north of the border. Fans can now purchase tickets for the first announced dates at www.dierks.com with more details to be revealed over the next few weeks.
WTCR will be giving away pairs of tickets daily Aug. 18-22 asking listeners to like the "Drunk on a Plane" video take a photo of someone (they would like to bring to the concert) and text or email that into the station to be considered for the ticket giveaway. Find out more at www.tcrcountry.com/.
Dave Lavender writes about music for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at email@example.com/.
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