Cincinnati Country/Rock foursome the Kevin McCoy Band celebrates the release of its debut album, Redneck-N-Roll, this Saturday at Jimmy B’s Sports Bar and Grill (606 Ohio Pike, Withamsville, jimmybsbarandgrill.com). Singer/songwriter Ronnie Vaughn opens the show at 8 p.m., followed by the debut performance of the Mark Robinson Band. The Kevin McCoy Band is scheduled to hit the stage around 10 p.m. Admission is $5.
The group came together in 2013 when singer Kevin McCoy put out an ad looking to form a band and guitarist Lee Dixon responded. The two musicians clicked and Dixon brought drummer Caleb Campbell and bassist Mark Schirmer aboard to complete the group. The band has established a strong presence on the local club scene (and has also done several out-of-town dates), armed with a boatload of cover tunes by artists ranging from Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings to Tom Petty and ZZ Top. But all 10 tracks on Redneck-N-Roll are original songs, showcasing Kevin McCoy Band’s style, which gave the album its title and is further self-described as “a fusion of Rockabilly, Country, Country Western, Southern Rock, Blues and hard-driving Rock & Roll.”
The title track can be heard at kevinmccoyband.com, which also includes further information on the group.
Joesph Issues Debut LP
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Joey Cook, who local music fans may know from Cincy faves Pomegranates, recently unveiled his first full-length album, There Comes the Lord, an impressive collection of textural, dreamy Indie Pop. Released under the named Joesph, the vocals and instruments on the album were primarily provided by Cook (with minor assists from bandmate Isaac Karns and his sister Alisa Cook), though he has since formed a full band (also called Joesph) featuring Pomegranates bassist Pierce Geary and ex-Kickaways guitarist Devyn Glista on drums.
CityBeat’s Brian Baker says the album is “a marvel of influence, invention and translation” and that “Cook blends a brilliant evocation of ’60s and ’70s Pop and Rock with a thoroughly modern Indie Rock ethic in a raw and immediate home-recorded atmosphere that serves as the soundtrack for an intriguing concept.” That concept revolves around what it would be like to “stand in the presence of the physical manifestation of Jesus,” though Cook doesn’t attempt to preach or modernize the story (like, say, in that awful The Passion TV musical that recently aired on Fox). Read Baker’s full review on the music blog at citybeat.com.
The album is available to stream/purchase at joesph.bandcamp.com, where you can also order There Comes the Lord on clear red vinyl.
More Local Notes
• Area musicians from numerous genres are teaming up this Saturday at Southgate House Revival (111 E. Sixth St., Newport, southgatehouse.com) for a tribute concert to influential Rock band KISS. Artists will play their favorite KISS tunes on all three stages at the Southgate beginning at 8 p.m. The show is open to all ages, and musicians from Mason’s School of Rock will perform a full set of KISS songs at 9 p.m.
Other artists scheduled to appear include Smoke Healer, Muleshine, The Mudlarks, Mike Ingram, Dead Man String Band, Wonky Tonk, The Whiskey Shambles, Lovecrush 88, The Darkhearts, V-Twin Sin, Chakras, Mark Borison, Straw Boss, Evening Redness, Howard Brothers Band and more.
Admission is $10 and, according to the show’s Facebook event page, proceeds will be donated to the Southgate to help install new lighting equipment for the venue.
• Northern Kentucky’s Braxton Brewing Company (27 W. Seventh St., Covington, braxtonbrewing.com) is celebrating its first anniversary Saturday with a free, all-day event (beginning at noon) featuring performances by several local music favorites (and, of course, the unveiling of some new beers). Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle get things started on the musical end, followed by The Tillers, Motherfolk and Columbus, Ohio’s Red Wanting Blue.
More details can be found at the events tab at facebook.com/braxtonbrewingcompany.
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