Kentucky HeadHunters to be Inducted into The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame

The Kentucky HeadHunters to be Inducted
into The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame
 
    
LEXINGTON, Kentucky (April 12, 2013) — 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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