The Kentucky Headhunters
may be available for your next special event!
Here they come, roaring out of Kentucky as their always unpredictable
and always dangerous selves, the Kentucky Headhunters!
The musical renegades from Metcalfe County are in the spotlight with strong, tight and varied selections of songs. The Headhunters turned the music world
upside down with their ground-breaking debut album "Pickin' On Nashville," a
record so visionary it became the model for the country boom of the 1990's. The album
soared to gold status almost instantly. Songs such as "Walk Softly on This Heart of
Mine" and "Dumas Walker" were big hits on country radio. In 1990, they
picked up CMA awards for Vocal Group of the Year and Album of the
Country listeners and the Nashville music community see and hear in the Kentucky
Headhunters the diversity and uncompromising style that country music has longed
for. Their jagged mixture of Southern music represents a change that opens up country
music to a larger and more varied audience.
They have the kind of sound that can only come from a lifetime of shared
influences and experiences. The Young brothers and their cousins, guitarist Greg Martin
and bassist Anthony Kenney, have been playing together at the "practice house"
where they started long before they were old enough to drive a car. The group has been
called Aftermath, The Truce, and for 13 years, Itchy Brother.
In 1986, Doug and Ricky Phelps joined up with the boys and the band
finally settled on the name of the Kentucky Headhunters. In 1989 and
1991, the band released two landmark records "Pickin'
On Nashville" and "Electric
Barnyard." These records helped change the face of country music
In 1992, Doug and Ricky left the band to pursue a duo career. Greg
Martin stated, "It was a very emotional time for everyone involved." From 1992
through 1995, a friend of the band, Mark Orr stepped in as lead vocalist on the next two
Headhunter albums, "Rave On" and the critically acclaimed
"That'll Work" with legendary piano player,
Doug Phelps rejoined the Kentucky Headhunters at the
beginning of 1996 and they haven't looked back since. The chemistry was so good that the
band had 21 new songs written within the space of a month.
|The Kentucky Headhunters
with Richard De La Font
When it comes to influences, few bands have had as such a profound
impact on the music of the 1990's as the Kentucky Headhunters. They came
out and helped start a rockin' country thing and a lot of guys and gals took it somewhere
When reading about the Headhunters, one can't help but compare their
life-long happiness, strife and their perseverance-to-succeed to the likes of Benny
Goodman, Bob Wills, Elvis, the Grateful Dead and many, many more. The one thing that
always is read between the lines, back then and today, with these acts and the Kentucky
Headhunters is good music!
Awards include --
Hit songs include --
- Oh, Lonesome Me
- Dumas Walker
- Rock & Roll Angel
- Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine
- The Ballad of Davy Crockett
- Honky Tonk Walkin'
- With Body and Soul
- Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line
- It's Chitlin' Time
- Too Much to Lose
- Dixie Fried
The Kentucky Headhunters may be available for your next special event!
Genre: Rock 1
.Southern Rock. / SouthernRock
.Country-Rock. / CountryRock
.Contemporary Country. / ContemporaryCountry
x80s, x90s, x00s, x10s
Formed: ..in Kentucky / formed nKentucky
Formed: ..in Edmonton / formed EdmontonKY
Formed: in 1986
Based: ..in US
Based: ..in Kentucky / based nKentucky