Photos: Jeff Shepherd at People’s Brewing

February 24, 2016

I always imagine I’m at the Ryman Auditorium in the mid-’60s when I listen to Jeff Shepherd sing. Even when he’s raucous, his music sounds timeless. He’s a gifted songwriter, too. At People’s Brewing tonight, backed by Marco Sassman on banjo, Shepherd gave one of the better shows I’ve heard at the bar, which features […]

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Photos: Urban Pioneers at People’s Brewing in Lafayette

February 10, 2016

Jimmy Martin would have loved the Urban Pioneers. For one thing, the Urban Pioneers mixed several of the King of Bluegrass’s tunes in with their own at People Brewing in Lafayette. Respect for their legendary elders accompanied every note. But the Urban Pioneers aren’t a straight-up cover band. They play bluegrass with the kind of […]

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Photos: The Flat Five in Lafayette

January 17, 2016

Whoa. The Flat Five, a supergroup of sorts of Americana musicians from Chicago, gave a tremendous show tonight at Duncan Hall in Lafayette. I’m sure they would have been major jazz stars in the ’50s and ’60s. Think Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, but with two female singers instead of two main male singers and a […]

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Jazz Fest preview in photos

January 6, 2016

I’m eagerly awaiting the release of this year’s jazz fest schedule. In the meantime, here’s a link to a photographic preview I made for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. New Orleans Jazz Fest by Carl Abernathy on Exposure

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Exposure site

December 26, 2015

I’m playing around with the Exposure site’s format for displaying photos and stories. I plan to start publishing profiles with lots of photos of musicians soon. As an experiment, I published a story featuring photos from last May’s Muddy Roots Spring Weekender. Muddy Roots Spring Weekender by Carl Abernathy on Exposure

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Make Plans for the Muddy Roots Spring Weekender

December 20, 2015

I see a lot of shows, but 87-year-old bluesman LC Ulmer’s set at this year’s Muddy Roots Spring Weekender in Nashville, Indiana, ranks near the top. He’ll be back this spring, along with folks such as Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Split Lip Rayfield, The Calamity Cubes, The Tillers, Joseph Huber, SS Web and Austin […]

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Photos: Matt Woods, Adam Lee, Red Mouth at People’s Brewing Co.

November 18, 2015

Matt Woods’ voice envelops listeners with a gruff ball of sound coated in tenderness. It’s disconcerting, comforting and beautiful. That’s especially true when he sings “Johnny Ray Dupree,” a song about the execution of a murderer. Nothing’s ever simple with Matt Woods, though. Johnny Ray was a killer, sure, but he was also a man […]

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Photos: Pine Leaf Boys in Lafayette, Indiana

November 5, 2015

Thanks to Friends of Bob, a wonderful local music co-operative, for bringing the Pine Leaf Boys from Lafayette, Louisiana, to Lafayette, Indiana. I hadn’t seen the band in several years and they’re always wonderful.

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Photos: Ferdinand Folk Festival 2015

September 20, 2015

The Ferdinand Folk Festival might be my favorite annual music event in Indiana. I get to visit Dubois County, where I worked at the local paper more than 30 years ago, and I get to hear great music. The folks who book the festival do a terrific job. I’ll be back next year. Slaid Cleaves […]

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Photos: Redd Volkaert at the Continental Club in Austin

September 6, 2015

I’ve wanted to see Redd Volkaert for a long time. Came to Austin for a college reunion with some of my Purdue friends and snuck away to catch Volkaert at a matinee show at the Continental Club. He’s an amazing guitarist. Great show.

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Photos: 2015 Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival

August 23, 2015

The music at the 2015 Uptown jazz & Blues Fest in Lafayette, Indiana, was great; the weather was perfect.

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