Two Kentucky musicians, Louisville's My Morning Jacket and Edmonton's Black Stone Cherry both debuted their latest albums on May 31. Now, both these Kentucky rockers are realizing some of their highest Billboard 200 chart successes to date.
MMJ's Circuital checked in at #5, just above two Nashville country puppets (whew!) and just below Eddie Vedder's Ukulele Songs.
BSC's Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea clocked in at #29, just above the Foo Fighters' Wasting Light (at #32), I might add.
MMJ continues to stay in the limelight in virtually every viewable media to every big concert or festival. Since they launched Circuital, they've also debuted a Vh1 Storytellers episode, and played on the Jimmy Fallon show. Right now they are gearing up for their Bonnaroo performance, and even managing to pitch in and play a benefit concert for the Tuscaloosa tornado victims. Nice Kentucky boys they are, right?
BSC is currently on tour in Europe. They're headed back to the U.S. in July, and will make a Friday, August 26th Kentucky State Fair gig in Louisville, as part of the Carnival of Madness Tour. I'm anticipating it will be in Cardinal Stadium again, but more to come on exact location in the fair.
So, if you haven't bought a copy of Circuital or BTD&TDBS yet, then get out there and get your hands on a copy or logon to iTunes. Let's see how far we can help export these Kentucky boys.
Here are some video's from each of their latest albums:
Videos and album artwork courtesy of Roadrunner Records for BSC, & ATO Records for MMJ.
** Jason Ashcraft is a freelance music writer who focuses on Kentucky's original music scene. Visit his blog at LouisvilleScuttlebutt.com or you scan this QR code on your smart phone to view the mobile site: