The Pratt Brothers – A Restless Wind Sweeps Richmond’s Land

The needle tracks the groove and a plaintive voice begins to tell of a lost love… Sadly, the Pratt Brothers only waxed one 45, but what a record! The now-classic flipside “The Wind Told Me So” features a hot guitar that helps lighten the mood of the mournful lyrics. It is really no surprise that Billboard ‘One Starred’ it on review – that rag never...

Frank Atkins – Bringing a Reds Rose to the Bluegrass

I think it was around 1994 the first time I chanced upon one of Frank Atkins’ records at a thrift store. The label reminded me of a Johnny Bench tribute record I had and the price was certainly right. Over the next couple years I stumbled upon more and more copies of this record – literally finding a box of 25 once at a yard...

Active Ingredients – Contains: Punk Rock and Monosodium Glutamate

Seldom will this site venture into the 80s, but Active Ingredients sure warrant a quick dip into the decade. The AI releases remain local classics and easily some of the most desirable punk releases in the state. The brief write up below was done around 2005 or so and was, again, going to be part of an unpublished book. Bear in mind this was going...

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...

Don Agee – High RPMs on the Turntable Tachometer

It is easy to see how Donald Agee could have had a career on stage in one form or another. When I met Don back in 2000 he was already in his mid 60s, but looked many years younger. With a strong profile and stronger handshake Agee reminded me of a classic Hollywood tough-but-good guy. His manner was positive, humble and he had a great...

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...

Baldwin “Ichabod” Powell – The Fiddlin’ DJ

Richmond area music fans of an older generation will remember Ichabod in one way or another – either for his fine fiddle work or for his years behind the mic on local radio spinning country records and cracking jokes. Ichabod was nearly 80 by the time I tracked him down in a Richmond nursing home, but it didn’t take too long for the memories to...

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...