Intimate Cyrcle – Bringing the Upbeats to Downtown

The first time I heard the Intimate Cyrcle’s Chetwyd single was a bit of a shock. I knew it was the label’s last 45 release, but given the spelling and knowing most of the label’s prior releases I figured it had the potential to be a psych-tinged rocker. Like many times in my life I was dead wrong – but pleasantly so. This great two-sider...

Bill Stamper – Winchester’s Rock Royalty

The Winchester music scene of the mid 1960s featured many talented singers, but the scene had an almost exclusively country focus – Bill Stamper was one of the first to change that. Truly a man of many talents, Stamper ran a small studio and his Loy label showcased his own brand of rock n’ roll – songs which are still being appreciated by fans around...

Tommy Jackson – The Kentucky Drifter

Winchester’s own Tommy Jackson was country through and through. Tommy died more than a decade before I began documenting the music of the region, but it sure wasn’t hard to meet people that remember his shows and his music. Unfortunately, when I had the unexpected opportunity to talk with his widow, I was without my recorder or camera and was not able to get a...

Kenny Whalen & The Travelers – A Half Century of Music

Kenny Whalen and his group of Travelers have entertained Kentuckians for nearly 50 years – with Kenny’s contributions stretching back even further into the musical past (nearly 60 years spent onstage). The importance of Kenny’s picking on area artists and recordings cannot be stated strongly enough. He was the go-to for label managers, artists, and booking agents any time a song or singer just needed...

The Jimmy Lee Ballard Story

During his heyday in the 1960s, Jimmy Lee Ballard was a staple on the central Kentucky music scene. His effortless delivery and Southern drawl suited both traditional country and clearly more rockin’ cuts. When I decided to launch this page to finally start sharing some research and information from a never-published book, I had no doubt that Jimmy Lee would be the first entry. He...