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Top Hill Recording Podcast

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Whether you write music, record music, play music.......or just LOVE music, this podcast is for you! Note: Mix equal parts Top Hill Recording Podcast and bourbon. Visit "One Shot One Mic One Song" on YouTube to hear artists from this podcast recorded live with a minimalist one mic approach from the past. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/tophillrecording/support
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Feral Vices, a dynamic two-piece alternative rock band from Louisville, Kentucky, has carved out a unique sonic identity. Influenced by a diverse array of bands such as Queens of the Stone Age, Refused, The Jesus Lizard, and The Dillinger Escape Plan, lead singer and guitarist Alexander Hoagland, along with drummer Justin Cottner, deliver a fresh a…
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Eclectric is a rock quartet from Louisville, formed in December 2022 at Bellarmine University. The band features Lance Oliphant on guitar, Micah Davisson on bass, Matthew Seelye on guitar, and Lucas Wheatley on drums, with all three members sharing vocal duties. Known for their powerful songs that blend lyrical vulnerability with musical excellence…
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Out of the Kentucky musical melting pot comes the blues based, rock 'n' roll band OTIS.With Boone Froggett on guitar and vocals, John Seeley on bass, Alex Wells on guitar, and Dale Myers on drums, the members of The Otis Band are staying connected to their Kentucky roots. Growing up around traditional instruments like piano, fiddle, and guitar inst…
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**Cowboy Preacher’s Club** is a Louisville indie rock band composed of five friends who seamlessly blend Americana, psychedelic, and Midwest-Emo sounds. Their music delves into the strangeness of love, the fiery hope that follows loss, and the strength required to leave misery behind, coughing in the dust. The band features dual lead singers and a …
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SadBlackLab is an alternative folk trio hailing from central Kentucky, featuring Greg McIntosh on guitar and vocals, Emily Miller on violin and vocals, Cody Hiatt on bass, and Zoë Blackwell on a variety of instruments, including flute, sax, keys, and accordion. Their unique sound is described as distinctly "non-derivative," merging nostalgic elemen…
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A Classical Quartet + An Innovative Bass Guitarist and SongwriterIn Lightning is a dynamic ensemble that marries the grandeur of classical music with the vibrant energy of modern rock. This unique fusion is the brainchild of composer and bassist Ben Short, whose musical journey began in school orchestras. Short's compositions are a harmonious blend…
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From the darkness, a cosmic collision of sound and fury gave light, and life, to Sydney Sleadd & The Swarm. You can find them cooking up variations on some “midwestern sad-girl surf grunge” to serve alongside your daily cup of Café Bustelo. With sounds that span the back porch, to the beach shack, to the backroads at night…there’s something here on…
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Kirsten Peckham, a talented singer-songwriter from Louisville, Kentucky, is set to release her highly anticipated solo album, "The End Is Nigh", in June 2024. Since February 2023, Kirsten has been crafting this record with the expertise of producer Jared Coyle and recording technician and musician Greg Moore. The album showcases a rich blend of sou…
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iLL ViBE TRiBE is a hip hop collective from Louisville, Kentucky founded by Brandon Abstain (BRAiNiAK) in 2018. The ARTiSTS are EMU7ATiON, BiLLY BROWN, CHRiSTiAN ALEXANDER, DMT, and BRAiNiAK. THE BAND is BEN (Bass), ALEX (Guitar, Turntables) SAM (Keyboards) DMT (Drums).The TRiBE banded together to create good vibes and good music while, more import…
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Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters aren't afraid to shake things up. In the ever-evolving landscape of country and Americana, they understand the necessity of demolishing the old to make room for the new. As the world stood still, caught between history and uncertainty, they emerged with "Heavy Denim," an album that defies tradition with bold experime…
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Nestled in the quiet charm of a small town just north of Columbia, South Carolina, Sofia Lynch emerged into the world with a passion for music that felt like a natural calling. Growing up amidst the tunes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and The Cranberries, Sofia, with her gentle spirit and adeptness on guitar and piano, quietly harbored dreams of musical s…
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Meet Revel Rebel, the dynamic duo comprising Spencer Gardner and Rob Edwards, whose musical journey began amidst the chaos of the pandemic's early days. United by a passion for rock 'n' roll, they've crafted a sound that's both melodic and driven, weaving together vintage guitar tones with a modern twist.At the heart of Revel Rebel lies the synergy…
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Step into the world of Fuzzstration, where the boundaries of rock and roll are pushed to their limits, and the boundaries of reality blur into oblivion. Born from the creative minds of Matthew Seelye, Ryan Smith, and Eric Rhodes—three friends with a passion for music that knows no bounds—Fuzzstration isn't just a band; it's a force of nature.At the…
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From the heart of Louisville, Kentucky, the Insatiable Digs brings a soulful fusion of R&B, funk, blues, and rock that transports listeners back to the golden eras of music. Drawing from their collective influences, the group pulses with soulful grooves and heartfelt lyricism, showcasing a signature style that has quickly built a fanbase in the Lou…
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Introducing Marygolds, the throwback four-piece indie band from the vibrant music scene of Louisville, Kentucky. Formed with a shared passion for raw, soulful soundscapes, Marygolds burst onto the scene with their debut self-titled EP in August of 2023, setting ears ablaze with a five-track record infused with heart, soul, and unapologetic grit.Dra…
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Making his start in a small town of Southern Florida, Colton began writing music that featured mature and fully developed stories. As a seasoned pianist and performer, he's been a part of shows opening for the Eli Young Band, Chris Jansen, and Ian Munsick, among others. Blending elements of Country, Blues, Alternative, and Pop, his goal is to creat…
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Jay Williams, a creative force in the music world, calls Louisville, Kentucky, home while currently residing in Indiana. As a singer, songwriter, and producer, Jay's artistry knows no bounds, blending genres with finesse and innovation. With a penchant for pop fusion and hyper pop, Jay brings a fresh perspective to the music scene, captivating audi…
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Having witnessed Bedford's evolution firsthand, from their inception as a tight-knit four-piece to their current incarnation as a trio, it's evident that the bond between best friends Tristian Frazier and Samuel May forms the very heart of their music. For over 15 years, they've woven melodies and lyrics together, creating a tapestry of sound that …
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Earl Bowman may be new to Louisville’s music scene but he’s working hard to make a name for himself. Earl has had the chance to open shows for Logan Halstead, and Riley Downing, and has appeared on playlists by GemsOnVHS, Americana Highways, and The Alt-Country Show. Earl is also the co-host of the Top Hill Recording Podcast. --- Support this podca…
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Emily Jamerson, the soulful songbird hailing from the enchanting hills of Prestonsburg, Kentucky, embodies the essence of Appalachian spirit in her music. Emily's journey into the world of melodies is nurtured by the rich musical heritage of her surroundings and the harmonies of her musical family.Her voice, molded by the rugged beauty of eastern K…
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From the heart of Louisville, Kentucky, Shane Spader is a versatile musician with a penchant for serene mornings on the water, crafting artisanal bread, and weaving heartfelt melodies on his trusty acoustic guitar. Blending elements of folk, soft rock, and a touch of vintage country, his music embodies the essence of a true singer-songwriter. With …
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Grace Pelle's musical journey began in her earliest memories. During her upbringing, the notion of songwriting as work eluded her. Songwriting simply flowed naturally; an inherent aspect of her cognitive makeup.This initial fascination with songwriting paved the path toward production for Grace. Armed with self-taught expertise in Logic, the buddin…
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Bred in the kennels of Louisville, Kentucky, LUCYTHEDOG emerges as the brainchild of musical kindred spirits Sam Hall and Tim Spayd. Formed in 2022, their collaboration was a cosmic connection of sonic soulmates. Their sound? Well, they're not quite ready to slap a label on it just yet. But one thing's for sure: it's groovy, it rocks, and it's unmi…
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Joe Piano is a folk trio from Louisville, Kentucky, anchored by the musical prowess of songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Weber-Owens. Joining Jesse are fellow multi-instrumentalist Jean Christopher-Gorce and Louisville Orchestra violist Jon "Jonny" Mueller. Jesse's musical journey began at the age of nine when he discovered his …
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Bradley McKinney, a skilled piano and saxophone artist based in Louisville, Kentucky, draws inspiration from a diverse range of genres such as rock & roll, jazz, hip-hop, blues, country, and classical music.His musical journey commenced at the age of 7 when he started playing the piano, and a few years later, he embarked on saxophone lessons. Throu…
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Discover the origins of Limestone, which started in 2016 as an unnamed musical experiment by InSub Beckley and Jeff Westenhofer. With no specific goal other than bringing musicians together to see what magic would unfold, the indie rock project officially took on the name Limestone in November 2017.Join us on this podcast journey as we unravel the …
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Welcome to the world of Taylor Katherine, a captivating singer/songwriter from Louisville, Kentucky. Taylor's journey began with a strong foundation as a classically trained vocalist, honing her skills at Georgetown College in Kentucky.Originally from Frankfort, Kentucky, Taylor made her move to Louisville in 2018, immersing herself in the vibrant …
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Celebrate with us as we hit a major milestone in the world of music discovery and intimate live performances! Welcome to the 200th episode of the Top Hill Recording Podcast, where every note is a testament to raw talent and genuine artistry.From our humble beginnings in a bedroom that evolved into Top Hill Recording Studio, hosts Brad Weston and Ne…
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Trevor and Trenton Jenkins, collectively known as The Jenkin Twins, hail from Irvine, Kentucky and have dedicated years to crafting a sort of "Cosmic Americana" that nods to contemporary indie while paying homage to golden-age pioneers like Bruce Springsteen, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, and Roy Orbison. --- Support this podcast: https://podca…
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Top Hill sits down with Mark Roberts of The Monarch in Louisville, Kentucky.The Monarch stands as a nonprofit nexus for creativity, a social haven, and a valuable resource center nestled in the heart of Louisville, Kentucky. It serves as a dynamic community hub, embracing artists, musicians, and music enthusiasts alike. The one-of-a-kind co-working…
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Lexington, Kentucky-based singer/songwriter Kyle Ayres goes by the name Buck the Taxidermist. The inception of this musical project occurred in 2015 when Kyle, then performing with a string band, felt a compelling need to capture his personal musical expressions. Buck the Taxidermist emerged from fragments of songs that had been simmering in Kyle's…
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Sydney Sleadd is a singer/songwriter from Louisville, Kentucky. She has been writing and performing on and off since 2011 and was formerly known as "Alabama Brown" before deciding to switch from a stage name to her real name. She released one EP under Alabama Brown in 2012, and another under Sydney Sleadd in 2016. She released 2 new singles and is …
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Hailing from Southern Indiana, Elements of Sound draws inspiration from rock, folk, pop, blues and hip hop. Justin Miller started with acoustic guitar and beat boxing in Louisville, Kentucky before moving to looping and becoming a multi-instrumentalist. This lineup of Elements consist of Justin Miller on guitar and lead vocals, Noel Calilung on bas…
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Ethereal Contemporary Classical - Ambient neoclassical - Newage - New Age music mix https://www.youtube.com/c/SteampunkRadio Dreamerion - Funeral March For the Queen of Eternal Ice The Frozen Vaults - Frozen Streams Abandoned Toys - Lorelei's Chamber of Verdure and Blossom Adam Hurst - From Silence Rafael Anton Irisarri - Fractal Ashram - For My Su…
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iLL ViBE TRiBE is a hip hop collective from Louisville, Kentucky founded by Brandon Abstain (BRAiNiAK) in 2018. The ARTiSTS are EMU7ATiON, BiLLY BROWN, CHRiSTiAN ALEXANDER, DMT, and BRAiNiAK. THE BAND is BEN (Bass), ALEX (Guitar, Turntables) SAM (Keyboards) DMT (Drums).The TRiBE banded together to create good vibes and good music while, more import…
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Boozer brews their brand of party from Makus Holler, Kentucky. The group formed in 2003 and has shared the stage with a long list of well-known musicians. Boozer has been labeled as "Alcoholic Rock". Members are:Big Al - Lead DrinkerFender - BassJ Bird - Lead GeetarMomma - Female VocalsJere' - Female VocalsSailer - Skins n RimsBilliam - Percussioni…
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Grackle is an original, Louisville, Kentucky-based rock band that formed in 2015. They have released two albums, played over 50 shows in the region, and developed a strong following based on their mesmerizing live shows. The band is defined by unique instrumentation, featuring violin/saxophone (Myra Kean) and cello (Travis Carlisle) in addition to …
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TVLO is a Louisville, Kentucky-based original music ensemble featuring Dan Dilamarter and Gregg Rochman, supported by an evolving array of musicians to deliver an eclectic sound spanning acoustic and electric genres. The original catalog of songs are frequently “story forward”, telling tales of people and situations from history and folklore. The s…
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With a guitar howling like it was recorded in a runaway cement mixer while keeping up with the frantic beat of an old suitcase drum and a rusty tambourine, Zeno Jones takes the old delta blues and lights them on fire with Kentucky moonshine. Based out of Louisville, Kentucky, Jones belts out raw vocals with a level of energy which can only be expla…
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Dusty Bo is a singer-songwriter from Louisville, Kentucky, who has been making waves with his unique blend of alternative country rock. He draws inspiration from classic rock and roll, blues, and country music to create a sound that is both familiar and fresh. Over the past two years, Bo has released a steady stream of music that showcases his vers…
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The Pretty Goods are a modern Americana band from Shelbyville, Kentucky featuring textured vocal harmonies and tasteful instrumentation. The Pretty Goods is Sara Bond (vocals/fiddle), Melinda Mathis Hardin (vocals), Lewis Mathis (vocals/guitar), Brandon Bond (guitar), and Aaron Hunt (upright bass). --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spoti…
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Since they started making music together in 2023, Cincinnati-based trio Alex Kasznel & the Board of Directors have developed a sound some call “surprisingly un-whiny,” a style they affectionately refer to as "pop punk for grownups." Their debut album Everything’s Important & Nothing Matters is available at alexkasznel.bandcamp.com, as well as all s…
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QUIET CONFIDENCE is a Louisville, Kentucky local setting out to make waves in the alt-pop scene. The project was born during the uncertain time of the COVID-19 quarantine of 2020. What was just demos created by Ryan Lane, to stay sane as a frontline worker during the pandemic, sparked a need to keep on moving forward. A drive to create a thought- p…
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Film Delay is a Louisville-based, indie-rock band composed of "five humans and two dogs". Those five humans are Michael Sauffer, Matthew Restrepo, Corbin Wright, Levi Hammer, and Ty Griffin. The two dogs are Ty’s miniature schnauzers, Atticus & Tex. Born from a basement, like many bands, they love to play music and watch movies. As far as they’re c…
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Stuart Wicke seeks to find meaning in simple things. His songs have been described as “emotionally resonant” and “bittersweet”, striving to articulate everyday triumphs and conflicts, taking cues from Americana wordsmiths like Paul Simon, Taylor Goldsmith, and Patty Griffin. His lyrics are paired with an intimate sound which often combines indie ro…
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Peyton Boling is a singer/songwriter from the small town of Mortons Gap, Kentucky. Hailing from an area known as the "Western Coalfields", he takes his experiences from growing up around drug addiction, poverty, mental illness, Bible Belters, and strip-mined land. Peyton strives to make art out of it all and whether it be positive or negative, he i…
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Taylor Katherine is a singer/songwriter from Louisville, Kentucky. She is a classically trained vocalist, who studied at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky. She was also selected to be a participant in the 2008 Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts in vocal music. A Frankfort, Kentucky native, Taylor moved to Louisville in 2018. Shortly a…
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Kathryn Brooks is a singer-songwriter originally from Louisville, Kentucky and after being "raised all over the place", returned home to Louisville to embark on her music career. Growing her music straight from her Kentucky roots, the artist got her first guitar in 5th grade when retired bluegrass musicians living outside of Bakersfield in the high…
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Joey Phantom is a hip hop artist and songwriter from Louisville, Kentucky. Through intricate lyricism and a unique sound, Joey captivates a wide variety of listeners. With major influences from Lil Wayne, Outkast, Mac Miller, Nipsey Hussle, Wu-Tang Clan, J. Cole, and Smino, Joey is always finding ways to create music "outside the box" and connect t…
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Caden Glover is a singer/songwriter from the small town of Union, West Virginia. Caden credits his father for introducing him to a variety of music growing up. Caden fell in love with bluegrass music at an early age. He started learning banjo at 13 years old and later picked up guitar. His influences include Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley, The Marshall …
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