Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

October 26, 2012

Melodies and Masterpieces series ends for year

ASHLAND — A mixture of blues tunes and original songs performed by two of the area’s female musicians brought an end to the 2012 Melodies and Masterpieces concert and art series in the warm sunshine on Judd Plaza in downtown Ashland Friday during lunch.

The rising temperature made tuning tricky for the musicians, who seemed to appreciate the sunshine and light breeze blowing through the downtown arts district. The music kicked off with an original song performed by the trio of vocalist Alys Preston, bassist Jamey Farris and multi-instrumentalist Tim Preston, who played guitar, lap steel and harmonica as small crowds gathered along the plaza and on benches across the street at First Presbyterian Church.

The Prestons teamed up for stripped down renditions of songs including John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery,” and Mother Maybelle Carter’s “Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies.”

Mrs. Preston then gave the sidewalk stage over to the guitarist and bassist Farris for an instrumental duet tentatively titled “Lap Steel Boogie.” Preston joked he only recently purchased the instrument, and asked the crowd’s forgiveness for any mistakes they may have noticed. Farris also provided the foundation for Preston’s harmonica during their set’s blues songs, including Jimi Hendrix’s “Red House,” and “Driftin’ Blues,” as made popular by Eric Clapton.

Equipped with only a 1976-model Gibson acoustic guitar and a big cup of Starbucks coffee, singer and songwriter Sasha Colette took the stage for an outstanding set which seemed to get the attention not only of people on the street, but also those in nearby offices and traveling along Winchester Avenue. Although performing as a solo artist for Melodies and Masterpieces, Colette made a point of mentioning her band The Magnolias, who she described as “guys who really know how to play some rock and roll,” before launching into the title track of the band’s most recent record, “Ridin’ Away.”

As Colette poured her vocal and guitar power into the song, sound engineer Shannon Spears of Make-Music-Not-War Sound could not restrain his admiration for the young artist. “She has no business coming up with lines like that,” said Spears after reciting an entire verse of the song she was playing. “She reminds me of what someone once said about John Prine back when he was her age — just 23 years old and writes like 43.”

Taking a break on a bench across the street, bassist Jamey Farris enjoyed the show with his girlfriend.

“Right here, it sounds killer man. It sounds like she’s playing a 15-foot guitar, it just sounds so big. It’s killer,” he said. “The acoustics on Judd Plaza are just awesome.”

As the bank sign registered the day’s 78-degree mark, Colette continued her one-woman show with original songs including “Hi-Ho Silver,” and “Stealin’ Horses,” which she explained was something she wrote after misinterpreting lyrics written by Tom Waits. The musician also unveiled a song from her forthcoming record titled “Hey Frankie,” which includes a line about a father reading a story in the newspaper. By request, Colette ended the set with a reprise of her song “Leroy,” which tells the story of “a ridge runner from Wayne County.”

Colette, a native of Olive Hill who now lives in West Virginia, said the open-air shows are enjoyable because the venue provides an opportunity to hear her music “in a more community-oriented setting.”

Melodies and Masterpieces is an annual four-week concert series by the Arts Council of Northeastern Kentucky aimed at bringing music and art to the public. Previous shows for 2012 included performances by Modock Rounders, Rebekah Jean, Ryan Sprinkle, Shelby Lore, Kentucky Memories and Gillgumesh.

Text Only
Local News
  • Local in brief: 7/23/14

    The inaugual Ride for Autism will be Aug. 23, starting and ending at Callihan’s American Pub & Grill at the Kyova Mall, including a stop at Carter Caves State Resort Park.

    July 22, 2014

  • 0723trailtown.jpg First lady recognizes Morehead Trail Town status

    Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear said Morehead’s achievement in finally reaching “Trail Town” certification exemplifies the strength and dedication of the small town community during her address Tuesday at the Rowan County Arts Center.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • McConnell co-sponsors bill to protect correctional officers

    U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell co-sponsored legislation to help protect correctional officers and staff at Federal Bureau of Prison (BOP) facilities.

    July 22, 2014

  • 0723copshots1.JPG Focus on law enforcement

    Members of several local and regional law enforcement agencies hit the streets of downtown Ashland Tuesday armed with digital cameras and assignment sheets as they completed in-service photography instruction through the Department of Criminal Justice.

    July 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Obama admin. says health subsidies will continue

    A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

    July 22, 2014

  • State’s longest trail system turns 35

    The Sheltowee Trace was officially dedicated as part of the National Recreation Trail system in 1979. After 35 years, the trail remains Kentucky’s longest distance trail, estimated at 307 miles.

    July 21, 2014

  • Pancake releases new album

    The top of the Sky Tower in downtown Ashland was booming Saturday night with music from Larry Pancake’s new album “Fair Weather Friend.”

    July 21, 2014

  • Telephone scammer fleeces man of $5,000

    A telephone scammer claimed another area victim when a Williams Avenue man paid $5,000 after the con artist told him he had won a sweepstakes but had to pay taxes on the prize money before collecting it, according to Ashland Police Department reports.

    July 21, 2014

  • Murder defendant pleads guilty on lesser charge, sentenced to 8 years

    One of four charged with murder in a 2008 double killing pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Monday just before his trial was to start.

    July 21, 2014

  • MIA Rush Marine to rest in Arlington

    Finding Dottie McCoy’s uncle after 71 years was the biggest part of the struggle.

    July 21, 2014