Major music grooves are shaping up
It’s the awards season, so I’ll start this week’s column with a tip of the hat to the good folks over at Marshall University’s public radio station, WMUL-FM, which recently won four platinum awards, five gold awards and five honorable mentions in the International AVA Digital Awards 2019 Competition.
While WMUL cleaned up in sports and news, as always, they also won a gold award for a new music program, the Classroom Concert Series.
In the category of Regularly Scheduled Audio/Radio Program/Podcast, the WMUL team won a gold award for its shows and podcast featuring the band Colly and hosted by Parkersburg native senior Austin Creel.
The producers of the live band playing recording session were Sam Adkins, senior from Huntington, and Michael Stanley, WMUL-FM’s operations manager from West Hamlin.
Speaking of the Classroom Concert Series, I got to watch the last one being taped live at the end of last semester as Charleston’s Three’s Company Blues rolled in and rocked WMUL as part of the series and WMUL’s local blues show the “Diamond Duck Blues Hour,” which is recorded and aired at 3 p.m. every third Monday.
Three’s Company Blues were featured on the blues show as they were one of the two local acts, the other being Jeremy Short, representing the Huntington Blues Society at last weekend’s International Blues Challenge held on Beale Street in Memphis. Fresh back from Memphis, you can hear Three’s Company Blues burn up a night of blues rock originals and funky fresh covers at the American Legion Post 177, 6024 U.S. Route 60 E., Barboursville, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.
While Short, who was down in Memphis for a third time (and a two-time finalist) didn’t make it into the finals, he did pick up a lot of buzz on Beale, and has the video prove it. He popped in and recorded a video recording session with Ditty TV that included an interview and playing live.
We’ll let you know when we hear a release date for that video.
Musician mini sessions
Speaking of music videos, professionally shot videos are a great calling card for picking up fans and impressing folks booking clubs and festivals.
The veteran video team of Michael Valentine and Josh McComas, who’ve shot a ton of cool videos for everyone from “Mountain Stage” and the Huntington Music and Arts Fest to Tyler Childers and Chuck Prophet, are rolling out a new Sunday Musician Mini Sessions.
They are carving out sessions for everyone from singer/songwriters to full bands to come in and shoot a video on a variety of sets with professional audio and video.
Go online at https://www.montanifilms.com/minisessions to find out more about the mini sessions.
DJ added to sold-out
Luke Combs Tour
It may be Luke Combs’ first headlining arena tour, but he well knows to bring all of his rowdy friends along.
In addition to LANCO and Jameson Rodgers, it was just announced that DJ/remixer/producer/radio host Dee Jay Silver will be here in Huntington Friday, Feb. 1, as part of the tour playing some fresh remixes in between the acts.
Silver recently released his latest single, “Safe Zone” featuring vocals from Nashville-based singer/songwriter Cort Carpenter and has now issued the official music video for the track.
Blending hip-hop, rock, house to country, Silver will also be out again (for the 10th time) on tour with Jason Aldean from May to September.
The Nashville-based artist also continues to host (since 2014) his own weekly radio show “The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver,” syndicated nationally via Compass Media Networks every Friday and Saturday nights.
Create Lovington taking shape
As a former Create Huntington Board of Connectors member, I love the Valentine’s-themed creative love-in that is Create Lovington - it’s a great night to celebrate and enjoy some of the creative good being stirred up in the city.
This year the fourth annual Create Lovington, “A We Love Huntington Fundraiser” is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Black Sheep Stage. Musical artists will be The Settlement, Sin Revel, Nic Allen and The Troubled Minds, and Good Ol Boys and A Girl. There will be a silent auction. The suggested donation is $10 at the door.
Interesting news from The Settlement camp, which is headlining Lovington, is that ace of bass Rebecca Harrison, who last played and toured regionally with Creek Don’t Rise, is joining Colten Settle’s tribe of rock-fused jam, The Settlement, and will be celebrating her first show with the band on that Feb. 15, but also her birthday. Go online at https://www.facebook.com/groups/createhuntington.
Another Valentine’s Weekend LoveFest and Tribute to Aretha
Over Charleston way, John Inghram and friends have cooked up quite an all-star night of music called LoveFest that happens at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 in the ballroom of the beautiful Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center in downtown Charleston.
All proceeds from this event go to WV Health Right. Tickets are $25 available at the door, online at BrownPaperTickets.com, or at WV Health Right.
Playing the show will be DuoGrove, Hello June, Bob Thompson Unit, and a “Tribute to Aretha Franklin” by John Inghram’s Slugfest featuring Shayla Leftridge. Get a tattoo with your beau provided by Gilded Age Tattoos along with a star chart or horoscope to see what your future holds. Professional photos, full bar, food and more.
Dave Lavender writes about music for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.