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Making its debut two years ago, the Railbird Festival returned to the Grounds of Keeneland this past weekend as a sold out event to bring patrons a full two day experience of music, bourbon, and Kentucky culture.  Registered as a National Historic Landmark in 1986, Keeneland Grounds holds deep roots and history to horse racing which is how the founder, AC Entertainment, came up with the name and location for the Railbird Festival.  Combining the historic and cultural interests of the Lexington area is what makes the Railbird Festival unique event.

On the bill this year for music is a variety of music that will be enjoyed by all.  Having My Morning Jacket as one of the headliners at Railbird is iconic as the band was founded in Louisville, KY.  Announcing this morning their release of their new self titled album in October, My Morning Jacket has been actively creating new music and touring over 20 years.  Singer/Songwriter Leon Bridges released a new album earlier this year titled "Gold-Diggers Sound"  and is currently in the middle of a U.S. tour which includes Railbird Fest.  Grammy winner David Matthews of the Dave Matthews Band is a rock and roll American Classic brings to Railbird a performance to remember.  Alabama native Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will also be part of this year's headliner lineup.  The band has released seven albums to date and become a very well respected Americana/Rock Folk artist throughout the country.

 

Rock the South continued its tradition this past weekend of giving back to its community with the #BiggestPartyInTheSouth.  Attendees of this year's Festival were able to enjoy a variety of music Friday and Saturday in Cullman, AL featuring  Luke CombsMiranda LambertNellyAshley McBryde, and The Marshall Tucker Band, and many more.

Click to enlarge image Normally held earlier in the summer this year's festival included improvements which included a bigger layout, a sitting area in the front for premium ticket holders and in general enhancements to allow better distancing and safety utilizing close to 150 acres.  The attending performers were able interact with the audience via a elevated walkway extended from the stage all the way back to the sound area, bringing a unique experience for patrons not found at many festivals.  Big screens ensured the audience had a great view for all.  

Click to enlarge image Started in 2012 as a one-time event to help victims from storms that ravaged the north Alabama area.  As a result of the success of the event, the organizers continued the festival with the mission of giving back to the community through various organizations. Through its efforts, the festival has grown each year and contributed over $639,000 back to their local community to help charities including Cullman City Parks and Recreation, The Link of Cullman County and Cullman Caring for Kids. Rock the South has also assisted families and patients going through treatment.

The 2021 diverse music lineup experience included North Carolina native Luke Combs on Friday night which included an encore performing his classic "Beer Never Broke My Heart".  Luke's reputation is bolstered by many music awards backed by ACM, CMA, CMT, and Billboard.  Miranda Lambert closed out Rock the South Saturday night performing many crowd favorites including "Gunpowder & Lead", "White Trash", "Kerosene", and other hits.

Plans are ongoing to prepare for next year's festival with a post on the official Rock the South Facebook Page Sunday asking fans who they want to see on next year's lineup.

 

The second day of the Nashville Rocknpod Expo was held at the Hilton Nashville Airport for fans as well as an opportunity for podcasters and radio stations to conduct exclusive interviews.   WFMC Jams conducted interviews throughout the day Saturday with a variety of artists meeting a few new ones this year as well as revisiting with a few that were interviewed at the 2019 Nashville Rocknpod Expo..  The interviews will be used for a new upcoming podcast to be called "Jam Chats" to debut in the next several weeks.  Be on the lookout for future episodes recorded from this years Nashville Rocknpod Expo including Native Sons, Drew Fortier, Abby K, Andre Labelle, Jax Hollow, Walter Egan, Roxy Blue.

 

Friday the Preparty Concert at Mercy Lounge in Nashville kicked off the return of the 2021 Nashville Rocknpod Expo.  ROCKNPOD is a unique annual event bringing together rock fans, artists, podcasters, and vendors for events that celebrate the past, promote the present, and look to the future. The Preparty Concert is one of a three day event showcasing both legends in the rock industry as well as new and upcoming artists.   

Billy Sheehan, Ron Keele,  Resist & Bite, Rare Hare, Ron Keel, Rock United, and others took the stage Friday evening giving fans the opportunity to hear their favorite artists.  The second day consists of a meet and greet at the Hilton Nashville Airport for fans as well as an opportunity for podcasters and radio stations to conduct exclusive interviews.   WFMC Jams will be conducting interviews throughout the day Saturday which will be for an upcoming podcast to be called "Jam Chats" to debut in the next several weeks.

 

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