Lost River Sessions, the award-winning WKU Public Broadcasting television and radio series, is bringing live Folk, Bluegrass and Americana music to the stage with a new concert series – Lost River Sessions LIVE!
Monthly performances will be held at the Capitol Arts Center in downtown Bowling Green and will feature a variety of the region’s best singer/songwriters and acoustic musicians.
The first concert is Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. with performances by the Dead Broke Barons, The Carmonas and The Misty Mountain String Band. As featured artists on season one of the WKU PBS series Lost River Sessions, it’s only fitting to launch the LRS LIVE! concerts with the homegrown talent of these three bands.
The Dead Broke Barons, a funk bluegrass trio, hail from Franklin. Americana group The Carmonas are based out of Nashville, and The Misty Mountain String Band, which draws influence from old-time Americana and Bluegrass, is made up of Kentucky and West Virginia natives.
The charismatic storytelling nature of Folk, Bluegrass and Americana music has deep roots in the southern and Appalachian region. Often referred to as “roots” music, the genre is a mix of traditional, old-time music fused with other musical styles like funk, country or rock-and-roll. Instrumentally, the music is characterized by the use of the fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin or upright bass.
In April, Lost River Sessions sponsored The Kentucky Acoustic Music Festival, which featured performances by local bands The Mt. Victor Revue, Pennyrilers and the Alley Cats, along with TDH4 from the Lexington area. A WKU PBS TV crew, made up of many WKU broadcasting students, filmed the show with plans to air later this year.
Similar plans are being developed to record upcoming performances of the 2016 LRS LIVE! concert series. Each show will feature a variety of bands, and subsequent performances are scheduled in October and November at the Capitol. Band and ticket information can be found on TheSKyPAC.com website or at lostriversessions.org
LRS LIVE! is the second spin-off series from the original WKU PBS television show, which features regional bands filmed with a live audience at local venues in southcentral Kentucky. The audio recordings of those shows air on WKU Public Radio stations every first Thursday of the month at 8 p.m. CT and the first Saturday of the month at 2 p.m. CT.
“To me, the live concerts are a great addition to the television and radio series,” said Darius Barati, co-producer and director of Lost River Sessions. “Our goal is to explore the region’s music, and to provide a platform for others to get to know and enjoy the distinct sounds of the Folk, Bluegrass and Americana art form.”
Since first airing on WKU PBS (TWC Channel 24.1 or 917, Glasgow EPB 24) in March 2015, the television show is in its third season and has received six Ohio Valley Emmy nominations. During the recent 52nd Annual Ohio Valley Emmy Awards ceremony, Barati, a 2007 WKU graduate, was recognized for his work in the craft category of lighting. This was the second Emmy awarded to Lost River Sessions with James Pearson receiving recognition in the audio category in 2015.
“We are all proud of the talented and dedicated professionals at WKU PBS, and the services they provide our communities,” said David Brinkley, director of Educational Telecommunications. “Lost River Sessions LIVE! is just another example of how the entire WKU Public Broadcasting team strives to enrich our communities through local engagement. We’re honored to be an active supporter of our regional artists and to help them share their talents on the television, the radio and now, the stage.”
Contact: David Brinkley, (270) 745-6140