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The Kentucky Headhunters Celebrate 30 Years of 'Pickin' on Nashville' with Music City Live Concert

Tickets for June 28 Show at Nashville's The Basement East On-Sale Now

Photo credit: Joe McNally

Three decades ago this year, GRAMMY® Award-winning southern rock, blues and country group The Kentucky Headhunters released their debut album, Pickin' on Nashville. Following its original release on October 17, 1989 on Mercury Records, the hit record went on to sell over two million copies, earning the band multi-platinum selling status.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the smash album, the band has announced a rare live performance in Nashville: "The Kentucky Headhunters: Pickin' on Nashville and Beyond." The concert is set for Friday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m. at The Basement East. Budding southern rock group The Georgia Thunderbolts will open for the band.

"The Heads have traveled the universe musically, starting as Itchy Brother in 1968, on the family farm in the infamous Practice House, then morphing into The Kentucky Headhunters in 1986," says founding member Richard Young. "We have lived a blessed and charmed life with family, friends and music. Please come be with us at this event to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pickin' on Nashville, the album that changed our lives many times over."

Tickets are $24.00 in advance and $28.00 on the day of show. Purchases can be made at The Basement East is located at 917 Woodland Street in Nashville.

About The Kentucky Headhunters

The Kentucky Headhunters, declared "the great American rock 'n' roll band" by Billboard magazine, began their professional journey in 1968 when brothers Fred and Richard Young and cousins Greg Martin and Anthony Kenney formed the southern blues-rock band Itchy Brother. The band later became The Kentucky Headhunters in 1986. Their first album, 1989's Pickin' on Nashville, was released by Mercury Records and surprised the world, becoming a bona fide hit, selling over two million copies. The album won a GRAMMY® Award, three CMA Awards, an American Music Award and an ACM Award. It spawned four consecutive Top 40 country hits: "Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine," "Dumas Walker," "Oh Lonesome Me," and "Rock 'n' Roll Angel." The Kentucky Headhunters are Richard Young, Fred Young, Greg Martin and Doug Phelps. To date, the band has released 15 albums and sold over 11 million records worldwide.

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