Music Writing


Screaming for Vengeance

 Marking their fortieth year as a band, Judas Priest is hitting the road this fall to support their new album, “Redeemer of Souls,” including a stop in Louisville on the Louder than Life festival. I got the privilege of speaking to singer Rob Halford, arguably one of the top metal vocalists of all time. 



Shit talk and trucker walk: 
A Q&A with Kawehi

Kawehi (Ka-vay-hee) got her start as a singer-songwriter but felt limited by the format. When she recorded a version of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” using a loop machine everything changed. LEO recently caught up with Kawehi and talked to her about her sound, trucker walk and shit talk.


Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show has survived as a band for more than 15 years. From busking on street corners in Nashville to playing major stages like the Grand Ole Opry, their career has gone through its share of metamorphoses. Ahead of their Friday, Nov. 14 show at the Louisville Palace, founder Ketch Secor graciously shared some of his thoughts on politics, the band and the connectivity of humanity to music. 

Me vs. Music

Me vs. Music

Me Vs. Music: I Go Round…

I haven’t had the chance to change CDs in my car in a very long time, not since I got my car back from the body shop two years ago, after 25 feet of my neighbor’s tree fell on it. Now, I have loaded the car with the music that got me through my 20s. From my years as an artist to those as an arts facilitator, and from singlehood to the woman I was just before I married my husband, one of the albums that remained a constant is Sixteen Horsepower’s Sackcloth ’N’ Ashes. From the moment my sister and I saw them in concert at Louisville Gardens, I was hooked by the creepy hill-folk roots quality of the songs. I’m not saying that hill-folk are creepy, just that Sixteen Horsepower’s oeuvre was dark.

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The Travelin’ McCourys

Ronnie and Rob McCoury have played in their legendary father Del’s band since they were teenagers. But, as the years passed, the 79-year-old bluegrass elder statesman encouraged his two sons to start performing on their own. So, in 2009, the siblings formed The Travelin’ McCourys, which plays a more modern, jam-heavy twist on bluegrass. They still play the foundational, rooted side of the genre in their father’s band, and this weekend the brothers will perform in the Del McCoury Band and The Travelin’ McCourys on the same day at Bourbon & Beyond