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Don Rigsby to be in concert in Grayson, Ky. Nov. 2

Nov. 01, 2013 @ 07:25 AM

There’s probably not too many tour T-shirts that read Carnegie Hall, “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and next stop Rattle Snake Ridge.

Yep, that’s been world-class, Isonville, Ky.-based bluegrass artist Don Rigsby’s schedule this week as he chalked up two of New York City’s most iconic gigs in one week playing in the all-star bluegrass band backing Alan Jackson before heading back home to Eastern Kentucky. Rigsby, who also fronts his own band Midnight Call, will be in concert next in the Tri-State on Saturday, Nov. 2, as he is in concert at the Rattle Snake Ridge Community Center in Grayson, Ky.

If you haven’t seen the video clip yet, check out Jackson and the boys cutting “Blacktop,” and then Letterman pointing to Rigs­by and saying, “Check out this guy looking just like Justin Bieber — the world’s gone crazy.” Yes, it has, and Rigsby’s got a great story from here to the Lord ret u r n s .

Go online at www.donrigsby. com for more info about Rigsby, whose band has a new CD, “Live at Home,” out on 9 Lives Records out of Ashland.

More Great Grass Live and Local

Speaking of great incoming national-act grass, the stars are definitely aligning this weekend as one of the legendary bluegrass band leaders, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver return to the Moun­taineer Opry House at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, while at 7 p.m. Sunday, the legendary Del McCoury (who has two local guys in his band, Huntingtonian Alan Bartram and Greenup, Ky., native Jason Carter) pulls in to play Moun­tain Stage at the Culture Center T heater.

Carter, who was just named IBMA fiddler of the year, and Bartam also pull double duty that night as part of the Traveling McCoury’s, which features Del’s sons Rob and Ronnie McCoury.

All of the above can be heard on Del’s superb new record, “The Streets of Baltimore.”

Hatten ‘Cashing’ In On The Blues

Speaking of some great musi­cians via Nashville, Hunting­ton native Allan Hatten has been back from Nashville after decades down there blowing up a mighty harmonica storm with a slew of legends including the late Johnny Cash.

Hatten has two gigs of note as he and his band fronted by John Hathaway, Mojo Bones, throws down an early gig, 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, at the Huntington Ale House, 1318 4th Ave., Huntington .

H atten will also be stepping in again with Derek Keeling for a 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 show at the Coalfield Jamboree, 308 Main St., Logan, for a encore of a special concert paying tribute to the music of Cash.

For ticket information call 304752-2900. You might want to call sooner rather than later as the last Cash tribute show in South Charleston at the Labelle Theater was a sell-out.

Incoming Concerts

There are a lot of great concerts already on the calendar and here's the word on a couple more. The chillbilly soul of Mystic Mountain Blueberry will be heard again for the Christmas party, The Toy Train, which this year is set for Dec. 14 at Charlie's Ha rley-Dav idson .

Check out the Toy Train's Facebook event page for more details as they unfold.

On the Christian music front, heads up that we've got a story rolling in the Sunday Life section with top-shelf rap rocker, Tobymac, who brings his tour to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena on Thursday, Nov. 7.

There are still some tickets left for that concert. Call the box office or go online at www.bigsa ndya ren a .com .

Speaking of contemporary Christian shows, Winter Jam, which has been one of the biggest first quarter tours in the world for the past three years, returns to the Charleston Civic Center, Saturday, Jan. 4. Doors open at 5 p.m. and show time is 6 p.m. for this unique tour, which is always $10 at the door.

The headliner for 2014 is Newsboys, along with Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North and seven more top names in Christian music. Access www.jamtour.com for more details.

Talking A Walk On the Wild Open Mic Side

Got a little 'Sweet Jane,' on your mind? Come out at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 as the Music and Mason Jars Open Mic session at Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, 1555 3rd Ave., pays tribute to the late Lou Reed.

When someone passes we always seem to appreciate them more, or at least view them through different colored glasses as we re-examine their work.

It's been cool to see all the tributes of late as folks have been sharing Lou Reed's music and what it meant to them. I really liked a Top 10 list that long-time New York resident and Huntington native professional musician Keith Barnhart, (who has a stack of nine gold and platinum records for his keyboard work), shared. Barnhart said the sad passing of the iconic Reed got him thinking of the amazing sax solo in the immortal classic: "Walk on the Wild Side," and shared his top 10 non-Jazz genre specific sax solos and then listed such jewels as: 1) Steely Dan - "FM," (2) Lou Reed -"Walk on the Wild Side," (3) Billy Joel - "Just The Way You Are," (4) Pink Floyd's tenor-to-alto sax switching solo - "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," (5) Steely Dan "Aja," (6) Pink Floyd - "Money," (7) Clarence Clemons (Springsteen) - "JungleLand," (8) Pink Floyd "Us and Them," (9) The Stones -" Waiting on a Friend," (10) Average White Band - "Cut the Cake."

They Shall Be Released

On the heels of the release by the behemoth band, Qiet last weekend, another horn-laden band of gypsies, Tribe of the Elk, has announced that its first album, "In Velvet," will be celebrated with a release party on Friday, Nov. 22, at The Boulevard Tavern- 806 Kanawha Blvd, Charleston.

The 10-track "In Velvet," will be hitting the digital shelves on iTunes, amazon and more and CDs will be for sale as well at the show.

Speaking of releases, it's quite a sweet release this weekend at the Stonewall Resort as Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., is in concert tonight, Nov. 1, then stays over for a CD/book-signing from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.

Murphy's new Christmas CD,"Christmas Made for Two," is out Tuesday, Nov. 5 and his first book, "Landau-From Washing Cars to Hollywood Stars," is released this weekend.

On Saturday, Nov. 16, he'll receive the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Spirit Award and will tour China in early December as part of a co-headlining tour also featuring fellow "America's Got Talent" winner Michael Grimm.

Go online at www.landaueugenemurphyjr.com to check out more about the CD as well as his upcoming Christmas tour which features an 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 stop at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland.

Dave Lavender writes about music for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at lavender@herald-dispatch.com.



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