Ryan returns, Buck up, travels with Charlie, long Story, Krekel pop

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams

Wednesday, July 11
Legendary Grateful Dead bass player Phil Lesh has a major aversion to the recording studio. However, he told LEO there is one person who could coax him into such an environment. “If Ryan Adams … who, to me, is like a little brother with immeasurable talent … if he were to approach me about producing me in the studio, or even just sitting down to write some songs together, I would do it in a minute,” Lesh said.

Adams just has that sort of effect on people. At 32, he has more than proven himself as a capable songwriter, performer and producer in a variety of genres. It would be understatement to say he has impressed and befriended many important people along the way.

Thus far, Adams has fronted several bands of his own (most notably Whiskeytown), his songs have been covered by the likes of Tim McGraw and Bono, and Adams has directed such luminaries as Willie Nelson and Minnie Driver in the studio.

Currently out on the road in support of his latest solo album, Easy Tiger, Adams and his excellent band, the Cardinals, once again grace the stage of the W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre (315 W. Broadway, 562-0100) for an all-ages show next Wednesday, July 11.

This one has the air of kiss-and-makeup, seeing as how Adams — playing in the final slot of the final evening of the LEO/WFPK NonCOMM Listener Appreciation Concerts in May — performed largely in the dark, while wearing some sort of obscure outfit, and then left the stage after only five songs. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., tickets are $20 and hooded sweatshirts and shower caps are banned. For more information, visit www.productionsimple.com.

Friday, July 6
Young Buck will bring his bad self to the Louisville Gardens (525 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., 574-0086) for a raucous show Friday night. YB was once an “outlaw pharmacist” who opted to peddle hit records instead of drugs when he began to rise to the top of Nashville’s hip-hop circuit. These days, Young Buck is one of hottest acts in all of gangsta rap. Tickets for this show, part of the Summer Jam Tour, are $27, and are also available online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Friday, July 6
The infectious, indie pop rock quartet Second Story Man has been rocking and rolling your sweet little eardrums for almost 10 years now, and for local bands, that’s not insignificant. The group’s newest album, Red Glows Brighter, has earned positive reviews, and their three-week tour of the Midwest and East Coast earned them new fans across this half of the Mississippi and beyond.

On Friday, as part of Late Night Salon series, SSM plays 20 songs from their catalog. Show is 11 p.m. at the Jazz Factory (815. W. Market St., 992-3242). Donations are accepted, encouraged and — if we had anything to say about it — mandatory to witness this display of lush, four-part harmonies, accomplished musicianship and intelligent, thoughtful lyricism. Visit www.jazzfactory.us for further details.

Friday-Sunday, July 6-8
Few artists can boast of hiring Elvis Presley as an opening act — of course, that was when the future King was an up-and-comer. But country music icon Charlie Louvin has had a long and storied career.
Though very much an elder, Louvin has been especially busy this year working to re-establish a fan base with a younger audience. To that end, he even received a little help on his latest project from Paul Burch, Elvis Costello and Jeff Tweedy.

Though Louvin’s travels have landed him in Kentucky a number of times recently, there are good reasons to head to Nashville to catch him on his home turf this week. An 80th birthday celebration concert is scheduled for Louvin at the Mercy Lounge (1 Cannery Row, No. 100, Nashville, 615-251-3020) Friday. On Saturday, he signs copies of his albums at Grimey’s New and Preloved Music (1604 Eighth Ave. S., Nashville, 615-254-4801), takes over a guest DJ slot, makes an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry and also plays the Midnight Jamboree at the Texas Troubador. On Sunday, Louvin premieres his new video at the Country Music Hall of Fame. For complete weekend details, visit www.charlielouvinbros.com.

Friday, July 6
With two thriving frequencies on the FM dial, it is safe to say Louisville loves Oldies. And one of the most ubiquitous artists on Oldies playlists heads to the region this week. Bringing along hits like “Joy to the World,” “One” and “Mama Told Me Not To Come,” a fairly original lineup of Three Dog Night performs Friday at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown (140 Freeman Lake Park Road, 270-769-3916). The Headstones open the show at 7:30 p.m., and Three Dog Night goes on at 9 p.m. A fireworks show closes the evening. Tickets are $20 and are available at all E’town McDonald’s, Ticketmaster outlets, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. This is part of the park’s extended Fourth of July celebration.

Saturday, July 7
Though they are a homegrown outfit founded by superb, indie-pop stylists Neil and Kate Robins, the Dirt Poor Robins are on the road again in support of their concept piece, The Cage. They roll back into town and onto the stage of the Main Street Lounge (104 W. Main St., 595-6001) this Saturday night. For more information, call the cool kids or visit www.myspace.com/dirtpoorrobins. Showtime is 10 p.m. Campbell opens. Cover is $5.

Wednesday, July 11

Americana semi-legend Tom Vollman, best known for his work with Moonshine Sway and for songs about loneliness, will be in town for an intimate show at The Rudyard Kipling (422 W. Oak St., 636-1311) next Wednesday.

Thursday-Tuesday, July 5-10

Louisville’s favorite son (or at least favorite songwriter) Tim Krekel has plenty of gigs around the area this week to showcase songs from his latest national release, World Keeps Turnin’. Krekel, whose songs have been covered by just about everyone under the sun, plays the Bluegrass Brewing Co. in St. Matthews (3929 Shelbyville Road, 899-7070) tomorrow from 6-8 p.m. for free. On Friday, he performs at Joey G’s in Madison, Ind., (218 E. Main St., 812-273-8862) from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. On Tuesday, Krekel plays WFPK-FM’s Live Siesta at 3 p.m. (619 S. Fourth St., 814-6500), then makes an in-store appearance at ear X-tacy records (1534 Bardstown Road, 452-1799). For the full scoop, check out timkrekel.com.

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