Formed in 2011, Never Nervous is the brainchild of Phillip Olympia, a sports nerd and beer enthusiast who loves Louisville music about as much as Louisville sports. Over time Phil brought in like minded friends to contribute with words, photos, etc. Currently, he co-runs Never Nervous with Jake Hellman, bass player to the stars. Our mission is to write about all things Louisville and Louisville-centric, as those things intersect with Louisville music.

Get to know the Never Nervous staff by reading a few short bios below:



Phillip (or “Phil” as most call him) has been involved in one way or another with Louisville’s music community since the late 1990’s. In the past he’s played drums in bands such as The Greenwich Tragedy and Khali Ma’at, played guitar and sang in The Olympia Three and ran Dunkenstein Records (which is currently on hiatus).  While not spending way too much money on records and retro video games, he enjoys getting through this pathetic joke we call life tasting beers of all flavors and watching huge amounts of basketball and football.

Follow Phil on Twitter @PhillipOlympia 
See what Phillip has been listening to on LastFM

Desert Island Picks:
John Frusciante – To Record Only Water For Ten Days
Tortoise – TNT
Young Widows – Old Wounds
Talking Heads – Speaking In Tongues
Minutemen – Double Nickels On The Dime


Jake Hellman has played in various Louisville bands throughout the years including Slithering Beast, Cabin, Arafel, and The Olympia Three and Quiet Hollers and Frederick The Younger. He looks forward to being a positive contributor to the Louisville music scene for a long time to come.

Follow Jake on Twitter @Snake_Tut 
See what Jake has been listening to on LastFM

Desert Island Picks:
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
John Prine – Sweet Revenge
My Morning Jacket – Z
By the Grace of God – For the Love of Indie Rock
Jay-Z – The Blueprint

Over the last couple years, Jenna has quickly become a notable photographer, especially when it comes to shooting bands. Check out her official site at Jenna Madonia Photography. She joined Never Nervous in 2017.

Follow Jenna on Twitter at @jennamadonia and on Instagram at @jennamadonia
See what movies she’s been watching via Letterbox’d here
Her Xbox One gamertag is Jennagirlsnaps

Desert Island Picks:
The Hard Aches – I Freak Out
The Smith Street Band – Throw Me in the River
Beach Slang – A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
Red City Radio – Titles
Sorority Noise – Joy, Departed



Syd Bishop is many things: the Senior Co-Editor and Synergy Manager at Never Nervous; a freelance writer who contributes and has contributed to the LEO, Al Día en America, the Courier Journal, and NPR; a world-class musician who has performed with bands like City of Ghosts, Lee Van Cleef, or Visiting Nurse; a father, a husband, a brother, a friend; the world’s most handsome hobbit; a national treasure and American hero; and a legend in the submarine community. You may recognize Syd Bishop for single handedly stopping the Mecha-Bear Attack of 2010, using only the power of karate and lasers, or for his award winning plastic fruit sculptures.

Follow Syd on Twitter @ttaurisb 

Desert Island Picks:
Dalek – Abandoned Language
Shellac – At Action Park
Radiohead – Kid A
The For Carnation – Complete Works
Crain – Heater

 Allen Poe is the executive chat room moderator at Christianmingle.com. He sings rap music and shoots/edit rap music videos for himself and others. He has a liberal arts degree in unintentionally stunting on flaw boys. A man of few meaningful words, he primarily communicates via carrier pigeon, music blogs and Twitter.

Follow Allen Poe on Twitter @AllenPoe_ 

Desert Island Picks:
Maxwell – Urban Hang
Sade – Greatest Hits
J Dilla – Donuts
Madvillain – Madvillainy
Nas – Illmatic

Thommy Browne has helped us on a number of design-related projects, and for this we are incredibly thankful.  Get a load of what Thommy is all about by visiting safearmy.com.

Matt Haas designed our latest logo. 

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We want to hear from you, and it’s because we care. We want to know what you think. If you have any suggestions, comments on the blog, recipes, ideas about how to make cold fusion, opinions about UofL basketball, or if you just want to give us free beer, you can write us at nevernervousblog@gmail.com to do so.



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