Villa Mure, Band
Lead singer/guitarist Kendra and bassist Colin started Villa Mure as a husband and wife songwriting duo. Their band’s name is a combination of Kendra’s maiden name “Villiger” and Colin’s last name “LaMure.”
The two were in a class in college together, where they didn’t speak to each other all semester. It wasn’t until Kendra wanted to start a new band that she reached out to Colin knowing he played bass. “I wanted to have a group of people that I could be friends with. Where it just felt like you were hanging out, writing music, and it was fun.” They met their drummer Jordan Hubbard through local open mic nights. In-between sets they would jam together. He expressed an interest in being in an original band, and things just fell into place. Colin notes, “…that’s the thing about music, you start playing with people and then you’re friends.”
The band draws a lot of inspiration from Louisville’s local music scene. “It’s so supportive,” Kendra stated, “and there are a lot of really good bands. The mix of music and creativity is really interesting. There are some shows that I go to where I just can’t stop smiling because it’s the kind of sound I want to create.” Jordan says, “I like the adventure of it all. Like how in the past year we’ve played in leaky basements, and then we just played at Bourbon Hall on a huge stage, with all the music equipment you could imagine.”
"[Music] is what we live for. It's the thing we can continually work towards. You know your entire life you can write music, and just having that outlet and ability is really cool. It’s something to work on forever.”
Shake Anderson and His All Stars, Band
Lead singer Sam “Shake” Anderson, bassist Cory Hamilton, keyboardist Morpheus Jameal Williams, and drummer JD Blair came together to perform at Louisville’s annual NuLu Festival. There was nothing but true talent and a genuine love of music on stage during their performance.
Shake Anderson, originally from Louisville, has a long career in music. He began performing at the age of nine and was a strong presence in the ‘90s Louisville music scene. He now lives in Texas but comes back almost every year to perform at NuLu Fest, bringing “all-star” musicians with him each time. This year he brought some fellow Texans, each with an impressive resume of their own, to play in the band.
Though my time meeting them and talking to them backstage was brief, I quickly got a sense of the band’s dedication to music, as well as their true friendship with one another.
As a musician myself, this was a very personal project for me. Some of these artists have shaped me into the person I am today. Hearing their stories and talking to them on a deeper level allowed me to get to know them even better. And for that, I’m grateful.
Thank you to everyone who shared their time and their stories with me. These stories prove that no matter what walk of life you come from, and no matter what path you choose, the music never leaves you. Whether you play or just listen, music affects us all.