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Kentucky Headhunters Celebrate 25 Years of Pickin' On Nashville

KyheadhuntersNASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 17, 2014) – It was the album that Nashville – or the music industry as a whole – didn't quite know what to do with. But, the fans quickly figured it out. On October 17, 1989 – twenty-five years ago today - Mercury Records released the album Pickin' On Nashville, the debut disc from The Kentucky Headhunters.

The band originated in 1968 and was comprised of Richard and Fred Young, along with cousins Greg Martin and Anthony Kenney. They didn’t look or sound like any other groups in the business, they were more comfortable in t-shirts and jeans than your typical stage attire – and their sound was a hybrid of Country, Southern Rock, and Blues.

Growing up in Edmonton, KY on a family farm, the band had played together for over twenty years prior to their big break. That time period included a couple of brushes with the spotlight. Under the name Itchy Brother (Richard Young recalls the name came from a scraggly lion from the cartoon Bongo Congo), the group were groomed by Capricorn Records in the 1970s, and almost signed with Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song Records in the early 1980s. However, the third crack at the big time proved to be the charm.

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