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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Photos: Quiet Hollers at People’s Brewing in Lafayette

August 18, 2015

Quiet Hollers, a band from Louisville, has added a harder edge to their music since I saw them at People’s Brewing Co. last fall. The new tunes rock more (sometimes they border on being raucous). But there’s still an everyman vibe in Shadwick Wilde’s lyrics. Tuesday night the band mixed the old alt-country tunes with […]

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Photos: Hopeless Jack

August 4, 2015

I hung out with Hopeless Jack and his drummer, Spencer, for an hour Monday night while they waited to hear whether they’d be allowed to play at a local bar. Word was that they were too loud for the venue. Finally, the bar manager arrived and approved the show if Hopeless Jack would turn down […]

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Photos: Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends.

July 27, 2015

Tin Machine is my favorite David Bowie project, largely because of the way Reeves Gabrels attacked his guitar on the group’s albums. Gabrels, who’s also the long-time guitarist for The Cure, and his band jacked up Sunday night at the Lafayette Brewing Co. and made it seem like the best Saturday night ever. They even […]

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Photos: Shuggie Otis at City Winery in Chicago

July 18, 2015

Shuggie Otis is still an electrifying guitarist. Maybe even more now than when he was younger. Saturday at the City Winery in Chicago, Otis played a mishmash of songs in a variety of styles. I enjoyed his blues tunes the most, but I’m sure that others preferred his funk or his rambling rock tunes that […]

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