ON THE ROAD: Forecastle Photo Journal—Day Two / Louisville, KY / July 18, 2015

DSCN6072What started out being a very trying day due to the excessive heat, turned out rather well with some fine musical performances as the sun went down.  An early afternoon storm threat also fortunately managed to miss us.

Here’s my Day Two musical run down:

A shady spot on a hill aside the WFPK Stage is where I started the day with The Wind and the Wave. This trio from Austin is the latest to enter the ever-growing field of rootsy bands with names like theirs. Their set-closing cover of R. Kelly’s “Ignition” sure was a hoot.

DSCN5931The first of today’s new twangy country singer-songwriting sensations from Nashville was Chris Stapleton. I could only imagine how hot he was under all that hair, beard and dark clothes. That’s his wife on backing vocals.

DSCN5973My first visit to the big stage was to listen to some noodling and improvisation from a collective called The Word made up of three of the North Mississippi All-Stars and a few others.

DSCN5984Next up, I caught a few songs by the Shovels & Rope duo.

DSCN6011Back to the main stage for my target pick of the day, The War on Drugs. While I may have only understood a few lyrics all set, these guys sure laid down some seriously infectious grooves.

DSCN6016DSCN6037Some more serious Nashville twang from Sturgill Simpson. This high-energy set may have convinced me to give this guy another chance.

DSCN6061DSCN6068Finally, Louisville’s superstars My Morning Jacket closed things down with an amazing two and a half hour set. It looked like not a single person had left, and whoever was mixing sound deserves some kind of special award.

DSCN6127One more day to go!

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