Local musicians cope with live shows cancellations

BOWLING GREEN Ky.-In South Central Kentucky, there’s talent in every corner.

Josh London is the bassist for a local band called The Josephine’s. He enjoys making music for crowded rooms from a stage, but Covid-19 has silenced him and so many other musicians.

“We were on the road when everything started to hit the fan. We didn’t know exactly what we were going to do as far as our tour schedule goes, because that’s our primary livelihood,” London said.

While London still writes and records, he’s had to look for other outlets during this time away from the stage.

“I’m really just trying to find whatever hustle I can in the meantime. Live streams are definitely a cool option,” London said.

Live streams from Tidball’s are how London and The Josephines will be performing for the foreseeable future.

The music venue has gone digital in order to keep scheduled performances.

Erebus, a local progressive metal band has also been feeling the effects of closed venues but is going digital through the use of Instagram live video.

“We have to find a way to keep content coming to our fans somehow. We’ve been looking at a lot of different ways trying to amp up the digital side of stuff,” said Erebus founder Dawson Stith.

Whether it’s guitar, drums, or piano, local musician Jordan Young said this time at home is a prime time to hone musical skills.

“You have more time now than any other time to sit and work on your craft,” Young said.

Once the pandemic is said and done, musicians say they can’t wait to start rocking again.

“Eventually, this will blow over. I don’t know when, hopefully soon. It will eventually be over, and you’ll be able to get back on stage with your new material,” Stith said.