Issue July 29, 2014

Hauses of the holy

Lori Beck and Tyler Trotter are the power couple behind the Louisville Beer Store, the Holy Grale bar and restaurant, and the new Gralehaus cafe. Bringing a taste of Europe to Louisvillians — who can be fiercely loyal to Kentucky bourbon and Southern culinary traditions — is, in a word, gutsy. And they’ve taken some … Continued

Turn, turn, turn

Both the Bible and The Byrds tell us that to everything, there is a season. As I prepare to turn 34 this month, I have spent some time reflecting on the many seasons I’ve experienced and the lessons I’ve learned from them. I’ve had some wonderful adventures as a young person and young adult. I’ve … Continued

Please don’t read this

Pretty soon, maybe in a couple of months, it’s going to be time to start thinking about the U.S. Senate race between Sen. Mitch McConnell and his challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes. If you’ve been following my advice, you’re ignoring the race completely, including this column, which is about the campaign. It’s an easy race to … Continued

Service disconnection

On July 8, Frankfort legislators in the Government Contract Review Committee voted 6-0 to terminate a $3.7 million contract that Seven Counties Services held with the state for 27 years. Under the contract, the Louisville-based nonprofit specializing in mental health and substance abuse treatment provided in-home care to hundreds of at-risk youth and families in … Continued

Up to 11

Murder ballads Up until age 30, I devoted a lot of my lyric writing to exploring personal themes: the shifting dynamics of friendship, my own identity and, often and regrettably, my failed romantic relationships. Each felt very real, very true and terribly interesting to me. I was writing what I knew, as every English teacher … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: I’LL FOLLOW YOU DOWN 2014; $27.98; UR We love time-travel movies, especially when they’re as thought-provoking and human as this one. Gillian “X-Files” Anderson and Haley Joel “Sixth Sense” Osment star as the wife and now-grown son of a physicist (Rufus Sewell) who disappeared some years ago. But once the son … Continued

Why Ricky Skaggs says you’ve got to have faith

Born 60 years ago this month in Cordell, Ky., Ricky Skaggs has been pickin’ since kindergarten, picking up 14 Grammys, selling millions of records and collaborating with everyone from Jack White to Sharon White (his wife, and a vocalist in the family band The Whites). Now based in Nashville, Skaggs took a break from working … Continued

Weaving a path to creativity

At first, it doesn’t look like much — a bunch of white yarn stretched out vertically across a bunch of notches cut in a piece of cardboard, a bit of colored yarn weaving in and out horizontally. Eventually, though, as tiny hands continue weaving those strands of blue or purple (or both), something begins to … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act listed, send email to with PLUGGED IN in the subject line. The deadline is FRIDAY at NOON the week before the show happens. We do not accept listings via social networking sites.   Wed JUL 30 Baxter’s 942: … Continued


The new solution New Bravado returns Friday to the New Vintage, where their new single will be free to those paying to get in. Singer/guitarist Ben Lally explains. LEO: Please explain to anyone under 30 why you’re utilizing the “Cassingle” format. Ben Lally: Cassettes are fun with their cool packaging, and also more akin to … Continued


 <CARS> July 31-Aug. 3 Street Rod Nationals Kentucky Fair & Expo Center 937 Phillips Lane $15; various times They’re back! Thousands of vintage cars and pumped-up street rods will roam around Louisville this weekend. For the 17th year, the Derby City will host the National Street Rod Association’s Street Rod Nationals Plus. An estimated … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I am wondering when the best time is to mention being in an open relationship to new girls. I’m a 27-year-old straight guy who’s been in an open relationship for six years. I often seek out extracurricular activities, but I am unsure of how to bring up my situation without doors closing. I wrote … Continued

Inbox — July 30, 2014

Support the Troops There might have been a little too much self-fulfillment in Catherine Irwin’s comment that “poor kids (serving in military) want to trade a few years of being shot at for a job and maybe a free college education” (LEO Weekly, July 9). To which she added, “The children of the rich are … Continued

Theater: ‘Collected Stories’ of friendship and betrayal

We all have stories. Some, like Lisa Morrison, would argue that those stories are who we are, and we are nothing without them. Donald Margulies’ play focuses on those stories, the people who tell them and the relationships surrounding them. “Collected Stories” begins with the meeting of Ruth Steiner (Carol Dines), an aging yet sassy … Continued

Locavore Lore: Beer cheese, burgoo and a Brit

There are many who will tell you that country music is America’s homegrown music. Sure, we’re known for inventing rock ’n’ roll, but The Beatles and the Stones took that and transmogrified it into an international sensation. The recipe for country music doesn’t translate quite so easily overseas. Often forgotten in this discussion, though, is … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

I’ll call him Doug in this story, since that was his name. Doug was a young man of 24, a co-worker at the restaurant where I work. He’d been hired a few months previously as a delivery driver with some other duties: light prep work, food running when not out on deliveries, expediting the pass. … Continued

Bar Belle: Smorgasbord

I typed the headline of this column first, knowing I really don’t have a central topic to discuss but rather a smattering of several things. Somehow, smorgasbord just came out, and it made me think of the early days of buffet dining. Remember when Wendy’s had a salad bar? I’d make nachos and chocolate pudding … Continued

Book: Catch me if you can

One of LEO’s early contributors has delivered a debut novel that could be characterized as a modern financial thriller. Perhaps it’s better to consider this a satirical look at developing a personal philosophy dominated by avarice. The author is attempting enough plot to fill a thicker volume, but he wants it to be a very … Continued

Book: The possible dream

When she was a student at Indiana University in Bloomington, Karen Mann longed to be a writer. An English literature major, she loved books and the written word, but never quite summoned the courage to take a creative writing course. And yet she continued to dream what seemed to her the impossible dream, finally enrolling … Continued

This World

Given the well-publicized constituency of Watter — Strike City’s Tyler Trotter, Grails’ Zak Griles and Slint/Squirrel Bait alum Britt Walford — for fans of instrumental indie, the bar was set impossibly high. What This World does so well is establish a tone, a kind of seething brood that permeates every note. Each track evolves at … Continued

It’s Pretty Standard

As the title of the debut album by chanteuse Carly Johnson and guitarist Craig Wagner is a pun, referring to the beautiful standards they perform together, let’s go one step further and say that they make beautiful music together. Johnson and Wagner radiate good taste in their lovely renditions of classics such as “Autumn Leaves” … Continued


The name “The Bluesbenders” is somewhat misleading, at least from a linguistic perspective. The implication is that the band is somehow bending the blues, or manipulating it to render it their own, which is not the case here. With Mayfield, the quintet provides a brand of music neither exploratory nor particularly challenging, although it is … Continued

Pacific Midwest

It’s clear that Pacific Midwest, the debut solo effort from multi-instrumentalist Andy Matter, is a labor of love. The songs are catchy and simple and aren’t looking to reinvent the wheel — just a couple of good hooks jangling to freedom. There’s a definite ’90s nostalgia, from the fuzzed-out guitar tones to the lo-fi recordings, … Continued