Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Kory's ♥ pour / Ear X-travaganza at Headliners!

Hello all! As 2010 goes, it's been a strange year for me... i've picked up and moved to Boston and then picked up and moved back! I enlisted the help of the great and powerful John King of Louisville is for Lovers fame as well as the brooding Gallery Singers. Our good friend Dylan also spent his time to make the site better and rounded things out while I was away. I do have to give a great thanks to these two guys and especially John for making this site come alive with near daily posts to keep the city's music minded folks informed. Thank you so much John!

I got back to town near the first of November and have never been happier to be somewhere in my life. I learned that I had a love for the people and the arts and entertainment in this town that I thought would fade but just became stronger...

I've seen a few shows since being back but none as powerful and touching as the ear X-travaganza this past weekend. Louisville's music store, ear x-tacy has been struggling this year with increasing technology and large stores that offer deep discounts on cds that drive sales away from the knowledgeable staff at Louisville's premiere record store. We've watched John Timmons pick up the store and move it down the road to a smaller, more manageable location with less room and lower rent. John recently called out to the city again, letting us know that the store was still struggling and while it's still up in the air as to what the store's going to do, some of our local artists got together and organized a show to support the store. We got to experience the powerful voice of a solo Scott Carney from Wax Fang as well as the beautiful Watson Twins, the always popular with the ladies as well as the gents, Ben Sollee, the every rocking Cabin and a special set with Jim James and Pat Hallahan of My Morning Jacket. I'm still in awe of the night and as a photographer, I usually get beat around a show and somewhat discouraged by folks blocking me out from trying to cover an event in still form. This night was very different... I met so many wonderful people that all seemed to part the seas of Louisville music fans to let a tall dude with a tiny jacket and a big camera through to document the artists.

Thank you Louisville, you don't know it but you gave a Louisville native that attempted escape a beautiful, soul inspiring welcome back! I sincerely hope we can keep ear x-tacy in our home and our lives... as much as a record store doesn't jive with the technology of mp3 players and cd's at best buy for 7.99... I think we can all appreciate the fact that we can have a place to learn from true music experts and a wonderful local music section to experience the soul of this grand city!
Below are some pictures you can check out, enjoy them and if you're thinking about getting a cd or record, please visit ear x-tacy... my favorite store in Louisville!

I love you Louisville,

Kory Johnson

1 comment:

johnking said...

thanks Kory, it's been a good time, and it ain't over yet!