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Cropped Out is Back In!

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The Cropped Out Festival is back and bigger than ever with a line-up that has a little something for everyone. On hiatus last year, it returns to American Turners Club on River Road on September 23rd & September 24th. I talked with Ryan Davis about his role in the festival, who’ll be there this year, and a bit about Cropped Out’s history.

Laura Shine: Hi Ryan, please tell us what your title and involvement with the festival is?
Ryan Davis: Hi Laura. I am…CEO sounds weird, so I will say owner/operator of the Cropped Out DIY arts & music organization, as well as head stresser-outer/overseer of our annual event in town.

LS: How and when did Cropped Out begin and where does the name for the festival come from?
RD: I started the company and festival in 2010 with my then-partner in crime James Ardery (current-day NYC resident with whom I grew up here in Louisville and have remained friends with since grade school). We co-managed operations for the first few years, but he’s been focusing on other things lately. Since 2014, Cropped Out has just been me and my tight-knit volunteer staff, consisting of some of my closest and most talented friends from around the country (Louisville included). It’s hard to believe it, but this year will be our sixth annual event.

The name Cropped Out was chosen (after much struggle…I wish I could remember some of the ideas that were rejected) because we wanted something sort of simple, sort of punk — no frills. I think at the time, we thought it was a clever play on words in reference to Kentucky’s farming communities and Tobacco economy, or something…but it was more of a statement about the types of artists we were interested in booking. Bands or performers who are often left out of the conversation when it came to national or even regional festival circuits. Both James and I are/were in touring bands and knew a lot of bands who were looking for a point of entry into Kentucky’s underground rock culture, and we wanted to showcase those bands alongside our own crop of musicians in addition to some bigger name artists with whom our DIY ethos aligned.

There’s never been one specific “sound” for Cropped Out. It’s more of a vibe, or an approach to creating art in a way that is both inventive and self-sufficient. It’s a quality that we identify with and seek out in others, regardless of whether it comes in the form of avant/improvised musics, hardcore rap, regional punk, outsider folk, or good ol’ fashion rock ‘n’ roll.

LS: Who are some of the performers folks can look forward to seeing this year?
RD: A few of the many artists that I am personally looking forward to seeing are among Austin, TX’s Bill Callahan, Dunedin, NZ’s The Dead C, Melbourne, AU’s POWER, Princeton, NJ’s Home Blitz, Louisville, KY’s Joan Shelley, a free-jazz duo consisting of the remarkable Joe McPhee & Susan Alcorn, and what I can only imagine will be a strange and celebrated performance from everyone’s favorite Bonnie “Prince” Billy backed by Chicago’s excellent electronic outfit Bitchin Bajas. Oh, and Giving Up from Iowa!

LS: Why didn’t the festival happen last year and what might be different this time?
RD: Well, last year we took a break from doing the event all together, mainly to focus on touring with our bands and other projects that keep us all busy throughout the calendar year. So I guess the different thing we are trying is to take another stab at it. It’s more work than you could possibly imagine to juggle such a production on what little of a budget we have, but everyone rises to the occasion and brings their best ideas to the table over the months leading up to it. Everything becomes more and more organized each year that we do it, so I’m sure there will be a few things here and there that we improve on since 2014. There are always few surprises up our sleeves, as well…

LS: Where can people find more information on the festival?
RD: The facebook event for Cropped Out (VI) 2016 has nearly all of the info, but our website is where you can purchase tickets as well as scroll through pictures, past years’ line-ups, artist bios, teaser trailers, etc. It’s in need of an update, but we’ll try to stay on top of that as we get closer to late September.

Also, if you’re more of a face-to-face type, tickets are available locally from our friends at Fat Rabbit and Guestroom Records. They are fine examples of people and will tell you all they know!

Bill Orcutt & Chris Corsano at Cropped Out 2013

Bill Orcutt & Chris Corsano at Cropped Out 2013

Thursday, August 18

6-9am – Duke

9am-12pm – John Timmons

12pm –3pm – Kyle Meredith
Listen for music news and song premiers from all of your favorite artists!
1:30pm – The Speed of Sound – a short interview with special guests.

3p-6pm – Laura Shine
5’0 Clock Shadow – an original followed by a cover tune.

6p-8pm – World Café w/David Dye
A Vintage Cafe featuring the indie-folk artist, Bright Eyes, recorded around the time of 2011’s The People’s Key.

8pm-9pm – Sound Opinions
Courtney Barnett and Opinions on Lydia Loveless
Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett’s 2015 album Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit was a critical success and Sound Opinions favorite. Her conversational songwriting manages to be simultaneously clever and poignant, and her guitar technique combining lead and rhythm parts is nothing short of impressive. All of her skills are on display as Courtney Barnett joins Jim andGreg for an interview and intimate solo performance in front of an audience. Plus, a review of the new album from country singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless.

9pm-12am – FPK’s Afterdark with Meg Samples

12am – 1am – Night Visions
An eclectic mix of independent and under-represented dance, electronica, rock and pop music from around the world.

Largo: The Paws Report, August 30

Largo

Today on The Paws Report at 3:30:

Meet Largo, a one-year-old tortoiseshell kitty who was rescued from cruelty and neglect by Animal Rescue Corps during their “Operation Dog Days of Summer” in early August. She was one of 170 animals found living in squalor without adequate food, water or shelter on a puppy mill in northern Mississippi just south of Memphis. When she was found, Largo was riddled with intestinal parasites and was very underweight. Since being rescued, she has received medical treatment and is gaining weight at the Kentucky Humane Society. She is also enjoying receiving attention from KHS staff and volunteers. But what she really wants is a loving home of her own – something she has never had before. Can you help Largo forget about her sad past and teach her that people can be kind and good? Largo is spayed, micro-chipped and up-to-date on vaccinations. Visit Largo at the Kentucky Humane Society’s Main Campus, 241 Steedly Drive, Louisville KY. View all our adoptable animals at www.kyhumane.org or call 502-366-3355 to learn more.

Wednesday, August 17

6-9am: Duke

9am-12pm: John Timmons

12pm-3pm: Kyle Meredith
Listen for music news and song premiers from all of your favorite artists!
Wednesday Worship Service – We dive into an artist’s catalog and tell the stories behind the songs.
2pm – The Whigs (tonight at Zanzabar)

3pm-6pm – Laura Shine
3pm – Entrance (tonight with Beach House at Headliners)
5’0 Clock Shadow – an original followed by a cover tune.

6-8pm: World Café With David Dye
Fronted by songwriter J Mascis, Dinosaur Jr. delivers Give a Glipmse of What Yer Not, their third album since the band’s reincarnation in 2007.

8-9pm: Sir Microcosm
Listen for the ultimate mix-tape hosted by Jim James of My Morning Jacket and long-time friend and musician, Dave Givan!

9pm-12am: FPK’s Afterdark with Meg Samples

12am-1am: Night Visions with the OK Deejays and Sam Sneed
An eclectic mix of independent and under-represented dance, electronica, rock and pop music from around the world.

1am-5am: WFPK Overnight
Hear your favorite mix of FPK tunes all night long.

Tuesday, August 16

TUESDAY FEATURED ARTIST: Jenny Lewis (at Headliners tonight!)
6-9am: Duke

9am-Noon: Stacy Owen

Noon-3pm: Kyle Meredith
Listen for music news and song premiers from all of your favorite artists!
1:30pm – The Speed of Sound – a short interview with special guests.

3-6pm: Laura Shine
3:30pm – The Paws Report – an adoptable pet from the Ky. Humane Society is featured.
5 0’Clock Shadow – an original followed by a cover tune.

6-8pm: World Café With David Dye
Folk-rocker Steve Gunn sings about transition and the uncertainty of adventure on his new album Eyes on the Lines. Plus Ireland’s Brigid Mae Power.

8-9pm: eTown
Live musical performances from Boulder, Colorado with hosts Nick and Helen Forrester and the E-chievement Award for environmental activism. Tonight listen for Oh Pep! and Jon McLaughlin.

9pm-12am: WFPK After Dark With Meg Samples

12-1am: Night Visions With the OK Deejays and Sam Sneed
An eclectic mix of independent and under-represented dance, electronica, rock and pop music from around the world.

1am-5am: WFPK Overnight
Hear your favorite mix of FPK tunes all night long.

Monday, August 15

6-9am: Duke
6:20am – Vinyl Lust – a song from a real live LP

9am-12pm: John Timmons

12pm-3pm: Kyle Meredith
Listen for music news and song premiers from all of your favorite artists.

3-6pm – Laura Shine
5’0’Clock Shadow – an original followed by a cover tune.

6-8pm: World Café With David Dye
After leaving her country music career behind, Bonnie Bishop returns with Ain’t Who I Was, her first soul record. Bonnie will also be here for Waterfront Wednesday on Aug. 31st!

8pm-9pm: The Guest List with Sean Cannon
Each week, Sean will have in-depth, casual conversations with musicians, comedians, actors, authors, and other notable weirdos. After the talking is out of the way, they’ll give a glimpse inside their musical minds by curating diverse and thoughtful guest DJ sets. You’ll also hear regular features from Bonnie “Prince” Billy, among others.

9pm-12am – FPK’s Afterdark with Meg Samples

12am-1am: Night Visions With the OK Deejays and Sam Sneed
An eclectic mix of independent and under-represented dance, electronica, rock and pop music from around the world.

1am-5am: WFPK Overnight
Hear your favorite mix of FPK tunes all night long.