The Opening Act: Scott T. Smith Tuesday, Feb 18 2020 

When Hurricane, WV native Scott T. Smith first arrived in town, something clicked. Upon first meeting Ben Sollee, who he now calls friend and musical collaborator, Scott knew there was something special about Louisville, which he now calls home. The city has embraced him as well. He’s quickly become an integral part of the local music scene. When describing his sound to Insider Louisville’s Sara Havens, he says, “I’d say I’m very much […] geographically pegged. I love older country music, soul, and blues – so for me, the music sounds like Charley Pride and Bill Withers sat down and had a conversation.”

We’d have to agree, and it’s his amazing voice that pulls you in. He’s just released his debut EP, Wanted Man on sonaBLAST! Records. It was recorded at La La Land and produced by Ben Sollee. You can catch Scott this Thursday at Headliners, appearing with Martin Sexton. WFPK is proud to be presenting the show. For a preview taste, check out his song, Peacemaker, from the new record. This is Scott T Smith, The Opening Act!

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The Opening Act: Jamila Woods Thursday, Feb 13 2020 

She’s a vital part of the creative artist community in her native Chicago. Jamila Woods is not only a singer-songwriter, but educator, award-winning poet, and activist as well. She applies the latter two outlets to her modern, soul-rooted R&B. She tempers sharp and powerful lyrics with a sweet melodic voice. Her work focuses on themes of Black ancestry, Black feminism, and Black identity. Her inspirations include Toni Morrison, Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar. She raised her profile through collaborations with the likes of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Chance the Rapper. As a solo artist, she specializes in an accessible, non-commercial form of R&B that is rooted in soul and wholly modern.

You can catch this amazing artist on Monday, February 17th at Old Forester’s Paristown Hall appearing with Raphael Saadiq on his Jimmy Lee Tour. WFPK is proud to present the show! For a preview taste, check out her song Betty, a nod to Betty Davis, the pioneering funk musician who was also briefly married to Miles Davis in the late ’60s. This is Jamila Woods, The Opening Act!

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The Opening Act: L.A. Edwards Monday, Feb 10 2020 

L.A. Edwards is the music of Luke Andrew Edwards. Hailing from Southern California, his songs are a new take on the classic Laurel Canyon sound of the seventies, reminiscent of artists like Jackson Browne and The Eagles. For the band’s debut record, True Blue, Edwards hooked up with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers bassist Ron Blair to handle studio production. The result is an outstanding album that sounds fresh yet comfortably familiar.

You can catch Edwards this Wednesday (2/22) at Headliners, appearing with Amanda Shires on her Atmosphereless Tour. WFPK is proud to be presenting the show! For a preview, check out the track, Louisiana, from the debut album. This is L.A. Edwards, The Opening Act!

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The Opening Act: CHAI Wednesday, Jan 29 2020 

They’re a band on a mission. Through the power of their music, CHAI wants to dismantle and subvert notions of cuteness that they feel are so repressive in their homeland, Japan. Their music is a sleek mashup of pop, punk, R&B, funk, rock, and hip-hop infused into irresistibly strong rhythmic sounds. The four member all female band describes themselves as a new exciting onna-band : “new exciting woman band” or “NEO”. They aim to redefine the definition of kawaii (“cute”) as “neo kawaii”. Identical twins MANA and KANA started the band in 2012, adding schoolmates YUNA and YUUKI.

They are currently touring the US, making their first Louisville appearance with Whitney at Headliners on Friday (1/30). WFPK is proud to present the show.  For a little preview, check out their song, CHOOSE GO!, from their latest album, PUNK. This is CHAI, The Opening Act!

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The Opening Act: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio Tuesday, Jan 28 2020 

Their sound is the result of the blend of Hammond B3 organ, mixed with tasty guitar lines & old-school style pocket drumming. The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio is a 21st century contemporary soul jazz-funk outfit based in Seattle. The group features Delvon Lamarr on Hammond B-3, Jimmy James on guitar, and Steven Sandifer on drums. The band’s music is rhythm-based and rooted in the 1960s and 1970s soul-jazz, funk and blues styles, reminiscent of Booker T. & the M.G.’s.

The trio, also known as DLO3, is known for their engaging live shows. You can see and hear for yourself tonight (1/28) at the Mercury Ballroom. They will be opening for Lettuce, and WFPK is proud to present the show! For a tasty preview, check out their new single, Fo Sho. This is the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, The Opening Act!

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The Opening Act: Jaye Jayle Monday, Jan 20 2020 

Initially, Jaye Jayle was the folk-and blues-tinged alter ego solo project of Young Widows’ singer/guitarist Evan Patterson. It soon grew into a band that took its gritty version of Americana into wide-ranging and gripping directions. Formed in late 2013, the project expanded its sound to include atmospheric passages and synth-driven rock as well as folk- and blues-influenced fare. Joining Evan are bandmates Todd Cook on bass, Neal Argabright on drums and Corey Smith on other instrumentation to create haunted, ominous garage-minded indie rock.

You’ll have the chance to catch the Louisville based band at Headliners this Friday, January 24 appearing with June 44. Fellow Louisvillians Parlour are also on the bill. For a preview, check out the track Ode to Betsy. This is Jaye Jayle, The Opening Act!

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The Opening Act: Town Mountain Tuesday, Jan 14 2020 

They’re not your typical bluegrass band. Nor do they want to be. Since forming in 2007, Town Mountain has been reshaping the strict genre, and quit worrying about appealing to only one certain audience. Their music is a mix of first and second generation of bluegrass spiced with country, and old school rock ‘n’ roll with a honky-tonk edge. Influences run the gamut from Jerry Garcia, to Willie, Waylon, Merle, and Springsteen. The group has earned raves for their hard-driving sound and rowdy, energetic live performances.

You can witness for yourself this Thursday (1/16) at Old Forrester’s Paristown Hall, opening for Greensky Bluegrass. WFPK is proud to present the show! Check out their song, Down Low, featuring their good friend Tyler Childers. It’s just a taste of what you’ll hear Thursday. This is Town Mountain, The Opening Act!

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The Opening Act: The Whiskey Riders Monday, Jan 6 2020 

The Whiskey Riders deliver a hard-hitting cocktail with a mix of Americana, Blues, Bluegrass and Southern Rock. Formed in 2009, the current lineup of the Louisville band includes vocalist Alissa Grace, with Johnny Goebel- Vocals/Banjo/Guitar/Keys, Chase of Spades – Lead Guitar, G- Drums on percussion and Bryan Brutal Bass on, you guessed it, bass.

You can catch the band in action on Saturday, January 11 at Headliners appearing with Further South and Jacob Resch. For a sneak preview of what you’ll hear, check out their hard-driving single, Train Wreck. This is The Whiskey Riders, The Opening Act!

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The Opening Act: griffytown Wednesday, Dec 18 2019 

In the late nineteenth century, Dan Griffith, a freed slave, moved to a log cabin on Old Harrod’s Creek Road. The area, near Berrytown and Anchorage became known as Griffytown in his honor.

That’s where Louisville based, original folk music duo Katy Rene Quinn and Rebecca Osborne take their band name from. Theirs is a musical marriage, performing as griffytown. They share original songs and stories that focus on life, love, wellness and intention.

You can catch the harmonies of griffytown on Wednesday, December 26 at Headliners. It’s a night of Louisville music featuring Joan Osborne (Rebecca’s sister) and Bridge 19.

Check out their song, Victor, a story about addiction, trauma, and the ultimate victory over them. It’s a call-out to the VICTOR in all of us. This is griffytown, The Opening Act!

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The Opening Act: Ida Mae Monday, Nov 25 2019 

Heavily influenced by American roots music and Delta Blues, British duo Ida Mae is the musical marriage of Christopher Turpin and Stephanie Jean Ward. The pair initially made their mark with the alternative rock band Kill It Kid they formed over a decade ago. Walking away from that bands’ success, the two set out to do the one thing they had always had their hearts and minds set on: make the kind of music that inspired them to become musicians in the first place, the sound of the American Deep South. The first song the pair ever harmonized on was Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee’s “Ida Mae,” and the name seemed like a natural fit when it came time to launch their new project.

Touring in support of their critically-acclaimed debut album, Chasing Lights, brings them to the Brown Theater this Wednesday, appearing with Rodrigo y Gabriela on the Mettavolution Tour. WFPK is proud to be presenting the show! For a preview taste of what you can expect, check out their latest single, Reaching. This is Ida Mae The Opening Act!

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