Courtesy of Melissa Stillwell Photography Eastern Kentucky native singer-songwriter Sean Whiting is racking up performances across the Tri-State. The bluesy country singer suffered the loss of his mother and his job in May of this year and decided to take some time to focus on his music full-time.

Whew, what a way to start the work week.

While normally we save a fistful of rock for the weekend, that changed this past Monday when the seminal metal band Slayer stopped in on their final World Tour.

Although after-work obligations had me rolling into the Arena unfortunately after what some of my buddies said were incredible sets by Lamb of God, Amon Amarth and Cannibal Corpse, I more than got my burger's worth getting to catch the iconic Slayer live pile-driving a 20-song set full of fury and fire.

"I got to catch my breath," said lead singer Tom Arya, a few songs into the set. "Thank you very much for coming out today. Y'all ready to have some family fun? On the count of three scream, 'War!'"

While I felt more than a little "Slayered" on Tuesday morning, it was well worth it to get to see the band that only has about a week left of U.S. dates before swinging their Final World Tour into Europe starting Saturday, May 25.

For those ready to rock out in the Arena again, the wait is not too long. Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson bring their Twins of Evil/Hell Never Dies Tour here on July 12, and Disturbed will be here Sept. 27. Word is tickets for both of those shows are brisk with signs pointing to sellouts.

Here comes the brotherhood and the sons to the V Club

Speaking of some great incoming rock, the V Club has a host of killer upcoming shows.

On Friday, May 17, they host a CD release party for former coal truck driver and hard-rocking, country soul singer, Sean Whiting, who's got a new album of originals, "High Expectations," fresh out on Louisville's Eastwood Records.

Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m. with support from NP Presley, The Outside Voices and Friendly Fire.

Cost is $10 for those ages 18 and up. Go online at for more info about Sean Whiting.

On Saturday, May 18, the V Club welcomes in the 10th anniversary tour of the Vancouver, Canada-based hard rock unit, The Veer Union that has sold more 100,000 albums, reached more than 20 Million streams and charted seven Top 40 singles on the Billboard Rock Radio Charts. Armed with new tunes from its album, "Decade 2: Rock & Acoustic," The Veer Union is rolling in with support from Neverwake, Fear The Dreamer, Sins of the Fathers and Casualty Of Me. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m. sharp for those 18 and up.

Admission is $12 advance and $15 day of the show. Go online at for more info.

Southern rocker Chris Robinson as the Black Crowe's singer brings his blues rock unit, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood to the V Club on Tuesday, May 21, with opening act The Texas Gentlemen. General admission tickets are $25 pre-sale for those 18 and up. VIP Packages run from $79 to $249. Tickets are available by calling 877-435-9849 or online at:

As if that isn't enough cool rock at the V next week, Canadian rockers The Glorious Sons are rolling in Thursday, May 23. The Ontario, Canada-based band, rang in the new year in style with their first No.1 U.S. Billboard chart, as "S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun.)"

The Glorious Sons are touring off of its second album, "Young Beauties and Fools," which won the rock album of the year Juno Award (the top Canadian music awards).

Opening acts are Dirty Nil & Zero Dark Thirty. Doors are 7 p.m. and show at 8 p.m. Admission is $18 advance and $20 day of the show if not sold out.

A taste of Texas songs

down on the farm

At 6 p.m. Saturday, May 18, the Caldwell Farm house show venue, located at 6815 Left Fork of Merritts Creek Road, hosts nationally known Texas songwriters Adam and Chris Carroll.

Admission is $20. Folks are also asked to bring a covered dish to share for a pot-luck dinner.

Also performing will be Tony Harrah. A Nitro-based regionally traveling country/folk artist Harrah is releasing a new single "Sweet Lucinda" from his upcoming full-length on May 31.

About a year ago, Harrah's wife suddenly passed away in the middle of the night. Titled "Unicorns" - which was also the name of the eulogy he gave at his wife's funeral - his forthcoming record was originally written as a series of stories about simple folk in the American south, but became, on a deeper level, about Harrah's life, wife and family.

Adam Carroll's musical biography is as winding as the stories in his songs, full of far-away places and close-to-home meditations that encompass a career built on countless shows in Texas clubs, thousands of miles on the road with his partner in life and music, Chris Carroll, accolades of all kinds, and still the burning desire to simply ... write the next song.

Michelle Caldwell said she and her husband, who have hosted fundraising music festivals for several years, began hosting intimate singer/songwriter house shows as a way to promote local music.

"This is an alternative to the bars," Caldwell said. "We just really enjoy music and it gives musicians a place to perform and for us to hear music we would never have heard otherwise."

The SnakeDoctor

Circus comes to town

Billy Ray Cyrus has a new album, "The SnakeDoctor Circus," available next Friday, May 24 from BMG.

To get some uh, buzz going for the new album, Cyrus has recruited Potsy Ponciroli of Hideout Pictures and Mikey Peterson of Nug Nation for a stop-motion animated video for "Angel in my Pocket."

In the animation, Cyrus "portrays a sleepy-eyed mini-mart worker who is always under fire from his not-cool boss ... it's a surreal video, with Doobie Ray Cyrus running afoul of his boss (also a bud) at the convenience store where he works and hitting the road" (Rolling Stone Country).

"The SnakeDoctor Circus," is available for pre-order now from BMG.

Fans will receive three tracks upon pre-ordering, including "Guns, Gold & Guitars," "Goddess of Democracy" and "Angel in my Pocket"

You can hear the tunes live as he is here at 8 p.m. Friday, May 17 at the People's Bank Theatre in Marietta, Ohio. Go online at for more info and for tickets.

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Dave Lavender writes about music for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at or follow him on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.


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