Richard Young of The Kentucky Headhunters has at all times marched to his personal musical drumbeat all the best way again to 1989’s Pickin’ On Nashville, the album that launched the profession of the southern-rock group.
The disc, which gained the CMA Awards’ album of the 12 months and spawned 4 Top 40 hits on Billboard’s Country Songs chart, together with “Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine” and “Dumas Walker,” additionally furthered Young’s perception that being your self is extra vital in constructing a profession than a easy gross sales tally.
Through the years, Young has adopted his personal path, persevering with to launch rollicking Kentucky Headhunter initiatives, whereas working carefully with Black Stone Cherry, the rock group led by his son, John Fred, and even producing an album for The Georgia Thunderbirds, a band that always opens for Black Stone Cherry.
This Friday (Jan. 11), the Kentucky Headhunters launch Live At The Ramblin’ Man Fair on Alligator Records, a recording that captures their first ever European present, taped in entrance of 25,000 followers on the Ramblin’ Man Fair in 2016 in Maidstone, U.Okay.
The Ramblin’ Man Fair took a monitor from every act who appeared on the pageant for a compilation album, the sale of which benefited Nordoff Robbins, a U.Okay.-based charity that helps kids with developmental disabilities by music remedy.
“I questioned in the event that they recorded (our) different tracks, as properly,” says Young. “So, I referred to as up the Ramblin' Man individuals and so they had,” Young says, “I mentioned, ‘Let me ask you, how would you guys really feel about us releasing a few the tracks on a disc right here within the States?’ They had been immediately enthusiastic about that chance, as it might give them essentially the most publicity.”
Young then referred to as Alligator Records head Bruce Iglauer, who had launched the band’s 2015 album, Take Me to Bluesland, initially recorded in 2003 with Chuck Berry’s pianist Johnnie Johnson. “I despatched it to Alligator, and so they dug it,” Young says. “Bruce mentioned ‘Well, Richard, we'll put it out, however you recognize it's actually exhausting to get radio play on stay music…Why don't you guys go into the studio and minimize us a blues rock album.' And I mentioned, ‘Okay.’”
Instead, to complement the eight-song stay set, which incorporates the Pickin’ On Nashville album fave, “My Daddy Was A Milkman”— Young discovered three songs left over from the Meet Me in Bluesland classes.
"We went into the studio and combined a model of ‘Rock Me Baby,’ and ‘High Heeled Sneakers,’ an previous Tommy Tucker track, after which ‘Rock ‘N’ Roller,’which, imagine it or not, was the primary track that Itchy Brother [a band that Richard and Fred Young were part of before the Headhunters] ever recorded as a rock band in 1970.”
With the Ramblin’ Man Festival within the books, different worldwide alternatives for the Headhunters started to take form whereas the band was overseas, with John Fred convincing the band to additionally play a gig on the Sweden Rock Festival in Solvesborg in June 2016. “I mentioned, ‘Now, wait a minute, I didn't say something about Sweden. I mentioned I'd come to England, you recognize,’” Young says.
However, any fears Young might need had turned out to be for naught, because the Swedish introduction to the Headhunters turned out to be a nice one. “For three months I had the chilly sweats worrying about getting on an airplane, and all this. I lastly simply needed to suck it up and go over there,” Young mentioned of his long-standing aversion to flying.
Young says that when he and his household made it to Sweden, it was the expertise of a lifetime. “It is such a phenomenal place. We had been very lucky as a result of the day we performed was the day Queen was headlining, so we acquired to hang around with all of our heroes that we'd grown up listening to, and actually felt we had been in our area of interest. It was like a cruise ship out within the woods,” he mentioned with fun.
Given how properly it went the primary time, not surprisingly, the Kentucky Headhunters now have one other European tour within the works, in addition to U.S. dates booked by August.