Columbus’ Coolest Country/Rock Artist

Lydia Loveless in the back of a moonshine maker's truck.

Lydia Loveless in the back of a moonshine maker’s truck.

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My recent love for Columbus country rocker, Lydia Loveless, is uncharacteristic of my typical music obsessions. There’s a select few country artists who have enough wit, soul and whiskey fueled songs to keep my attention. Loveless is equal parts country and punk with a commanding vocal presence.

Her 2010 debut, “The Only Man” was great, but it was 2011’s “Indestructible Machine” released through Bloodshot Records that cemented her name in my head and always remains in my Top 25 Most Played iTunes playlist. The comical and smart lyrics on “Steve Earle” make it a standout track for me. The bourbon-drenched “Bad Way to Go” and “Can’t Change Me” are other gems not to overlook.

I had a major first-world-problem Thursday night when I learned I couldn’t make her show at Ace of Cups; completely devastated! Having toured the world this year, who knows if I’ll get to see another $5 Lydia Loveless show in Columbus again.

Briana Henry from Columbus Underground got the chance to speak with Lydia before her show at Ace of Cups. She got the scoop on the next Loveless album, which is not going to be ready until next year. A new EP will be released later this year. I suppose that can hold me over until the third record is released.

Drink more. Love less. Yes, I stole that from her beer cozies in her online store.

Lydia Loveless “Steve Earle”

Bengals to Show Their Stripes on HBO

Season Premier Aug. 6

Season Premier Aug. 6

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If there was a Hard Knocks curse, I don’t believe in it. Teams appearing on the hit HBO show have a combined record of 57-55 in the season they appeared in the show. The Cincinnati Bengals have signed on for their second season of the show.

The show, now in its eighth season, follows draft picks and journeymen (a player who moves from one team to another in the offseason) as well as big-time position battles. After the Bengal’s first season on the show, they finished 10-6 losing in the wild card round of the playoffs.

The Kansas City Chiefs (2007) is a prime example of this so-called curse, but so many have overcame it. With players like Adam “Pacman” Jones (unless he pulls another Chris Brown), 3rd year starter Andy Dalton and journeyman James Harrison in the Bengals locker room, we are in for a good show. I’m predicting the Bengals will makes the playoffs and advance. A Super Bowl appearance may be overreaching here but another step closer with or without a supposed curse.

This 5-episode season is set to start on August 6.

The Greatest Ever? Don’t Hate.

King James in celebration mode via Yahoo! News

King James in celebration mode via Yahoo! News

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Lebron James won his second title at the NBA Finals last week (check out his MVP performance in this GIF). I’ve never been a fan of a team, just a fan of the league and couldn’t be happier for a guy from Ohio. I’m sure much of the state feels differently after Lebron left Cleveland for South Beach a long 3 years ago. I believe that Lebron earning his second ring is good for the NBA.

With comparisons to Michael Jordan for nearly all of his career, he has now passed or tied MJ in most major statistical aspects of the game at the same point in each others’ careers. It would be nonsense to think that this won’t continue as long as Lebron is still playing.

When everything is said and done, Lebron will leave the court surpassing most anyone on any statistical category in basketball. This excludes Most Points in a Single Game and quite possibly excludes the Assists category either. I’m proud to call Lebron an Ohioan, just like me.

Hater's gon' hate.

Hater’s gon’ hate.

Reggae Takes Over Downtown Gahanna

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Seems I am one of very few who hasn’t heard of The Ark Band. The reggae group, based out of Columbus, performed last night as part of the City of Gahanna’s new summer concert series Creekside Live @ 5.

Concertgoers old and young danced and sang to classics like “Three Little Birds” and “No Woman, No Cry.” I enjoyed the provided Yuengling as I pretended to know every word I was lip-synching. Creekside and really all of downtown Gahanna is beautiful. I had never been to Creekside but will surely return for 80’s rock music when the Reaganomics perform July 19.

Creekside Live @ 5 kicked off earlier this month and will continue until the end of September. Check out the remaining scheduled concerts below and visit Creekside Live @ 5 for full details.

July 5 – JERSEY (Springsteen Tribute)

July 19 – Reganomics (80’s Rock)

August 2 – The Prodigals (Irish Rock)

August 16 – John Schwab Party Band (Party Variety)

September 6 – Grassinine (Mountain Rock)

September 20 – Capital Sound (Soul/Funk)

Gordon Gee and his Bowties will be Missed

Gordon Gee at his finest

Gee at his finest (*photo from GameDayR.com)

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Gordon Gee was the face of The Ohio State University…twice. He first held office from September 1, 1990 to January 2, 1998. He left Ohio State for Brown University, then to Vanderbilt before returning to the Buckeye State for his latest tenure.

Gee was once named Best University President by Time Magazine. Unfortunately the successful president had a sense of humor unlike the rest of the world. Comments about the University of Norte Dam and Catholics in early December of last year went public a couple of weeks ago. And when running one of the largest universities in the country, remarks even the slightest bit offensive can decay one’s reputation. His current tenure will end on the first of July.

I can’t say he was forced out by university officials. I can say he had so much left he wanted to accomplish. Responsible for pushing the university to new heights, he will remain an important part of OSU history.

Carrie Ghose of BizJournals reported last week that Gee is house hunting in the Short North. Columbus will not lose the colorful bow-tied president so easily after all.

Drew Davis Dazzles at Brothers Drake Meadery (I LOVE alliteration!)


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Columbus is home to many great musicians. Today, I’m putting the spotlight on one of my favorite singer/songwriters from the area. Although Columbus isn’t technically her home now, it’s the city that nurtured the talent of singer/songwriter Drew Davis.

Now performing across the country, while maintaining a marketing position in Austin, Texas, I couldn’t miss the chance to see Drew perform at Brothers Drake Meadery on 5th and High two weeks ago. Drawing an impressive crowd, Drew performed songs from her previous two albums and songs that will appear on her third album this fall.

In short, Drew’s music can be described as a cross between the seriousness of Fiona Apple and the bright, playfulness of Sara Bareilles. As I drank (slowly) my Scarlet Solstice, I fell in love with brand new song titled “Absence.” I hope this makes the cut for the new album. Other standouts of the night included “Ohio,” “Bottle of Sin” and “Not the Same.”

The four-year gap between her first two albums can be explained by a busy tour schedule and attending college in Georgia. However, I got word that the next album is being recorded THIS June with an expected release date later in the year; not even a year after her previous album, “Old, Old Heart.” 

Preview her music on SoundCloud then of course go to iTunes or Amazonmp3 to purchase her first two albums.

Drew Davis “Absence”

Me and Drew after the show 6/4/13

Me and Drew after the show 6/4/13