Southern Country Blues Rock Act The Kentucky HeadHunters will be inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. The ceremony is scheduled for Friday, April 12 at the Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom (430 West Vine Street, Lexington, KY) More information is available by calling 877-356-3263 or 606-256-1000 or by visiting www.kentuckymusicmuseum.com.
The museum is located in Renfro Valley, Ky, home of the Father of Bluegrass Bill Monroe, Merle Travis, The Everly Brothers, Loretta Lynn,Rosemary Clooney, Dwight Yoakam and many more.
Now in their 45th year, The Kentucky HeadHunters was formed on Richard and Fred Young’s family farm in Edmonton, Ky, along with cousins Greg Martin and Anthony Kenney. The band, then called “Itchy Brothers” and sometimes referred to jokingly as “The Best Known – Unknown Band in the South,” had many close brushes with several record opportunities in the 70s, including Led Zepplin’s Swansong Records and southern giant Capricorn.
In 1984, the band changed its name, added brothers Ricky and Doug Phelps and morphed into the Kentucky HeadHunters. Five years later, the Heads recorded an independent album and were signed by Harold Shedd to Mercury Records. The multi-platinum Grammy-winning HeadHunters continues touring with hits like “Dumas Walker”, “Walk Softly On This Heart of Mine” and “Oh Lonesome Me,” and on Dixie Lullabies they remain true to themselves, blending elements of Blues, Country, English Rock, Rockabilly, Jazz, and, of course, Southern Rock.
“Facts is facts,” wrote esteemed writer Holly Gleason. “The Kentucky Headhunters are a great rock band, filtered through the British/blues-based rock and roll of the Yardbirds, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Frankie Miller, and Long John Baldry. Twenty years after being the biggest thing there was, it appears the Kentucky HeadHunters are on the verge of being what they were meant to be: a slamming rock/roots band that fears no corner at any speed. Like the old blues guys, they ain’t afraid to sweat or make it moan. We should all take that lesson to heart.”
Other artists to be inducted during the cermony include Steven Curtis Chapman, Exile, Skeeter Davis, The Hilltoppers, Old Joe Clark and Emory & Linda Martin. These artists will join other Kentucky native music professionals to be honored for their contribution to music in the state of Kentucky and around the world.
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