Over the past few years, several friends and I have discussed the need to promote music from Western Kentucky. We're fortunate to have a wide variety of talents representing the area and our website, www.countyrootscollective.com, will showcase some of these folks covering all types of genres - from Bluegrass, to Country, to Rock-n-roll, and Rhythm and Blues. The website features studio recordings, live performances, and information about upcoming events.
This podcast gives some of these artists the opportunity to share their experiences, influences, and insights into the music they preform. The content will not be solely focused on local music, but will cover a broad spectrum of topics appealing to any music lover.
EPISODE 10 – Josh Coffey of The Wheelhouse Rousters
Jay Larkin and Justin Barrett sit down with Paducah-based musician and business owner Josh Coffey of The Wheelhouse Rousters. During the interview they discuss their new album River Folk, his recording studio Time On The String located in the Coke Plant in Paducah, and his unique relationships with his bandmates.
EPISODE 9 – Ben Sollee
Justin and Jay sit down with Kentucky native and world renowned Cellist, Ben Sollee. Ben was in Paducah, Ky doing a micro-residency and helping in efforts to raise funds for the Columbia Theater revitalization project. He also played a brilliant show at Maiden Alley Cinema that night as well. Enjoy!
EPISODE 8 – Nathan Brown of The Solid Rock’it Boosters
On this episode Justin and Jay sit down with Paducah based artist and lead singer the band The Solid Rock'it Boosters. During the interview we discuss his early days with The Legendary Shack Shakers and his current band, The Solid Rock'it Boosters. We also talk about his love for ceramic art and graphic design.
EPISODE 7 – TONY LOGUE
On this episode Jay and Justin sat down with Western Ky songwriter Tony Logue and discussed his great new album Serpents and Saviors.
EPISODE 6 – BENJI BOHANNON
On this episode Jay and Justin caught up with Western Ky native and Murray State graduate Benji Bohannon. During our time together we discussed his musical journeys and a career that has landed him in The Big Easy where he mingles and occasionally shares the stage with some of the greatest jazz masters in the country. Benji has many great stories too about playing and travelling overseas - most notably is how he became known as the "Smiling Drummer" in Europe. We hope you enjoy!
EPISODE 5 – COLONEL J.D. WILKES
J.D. Wilkes , the Western Kentucky native artist, film maker, author, and musician, discusses his career and latest records : one with his Legendary Shack Shakers, and a solo record he cut with help from members of Squirrel Nut Zippers. We hope you enjoy his insight and stories as much as we did!
Very nice to hear discussions on local music and other stories spurred from the love of aural art. Excited to witness what’s next from the County Roots Collective - keep it up!