On March 4, they will host Grayson Jenkins and Laurel Lewis. Coming from the community of Greenville, Kentucky, Grayson Jenkins began writing songs during his senior year at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, and began playing a regular gig at a town bar around the same time, continuing to play there for four years. Grayson is influenced by Don Williams, John Prine, Sturgill Simpson, Lukas Nelson, Keith Whitley, etc. He has released several albums, including his latest, Turning Tides. His unique baritone voice fills the air, whether in a venue or outside a music festival.
Laurel Lewis is an American singer-songwriter from southeastern Kentucky. For years, his distinctive writing and unique voice have drawn people from all over to hear the “magic” everyone is talking about. In a world of cookie-cutter similarities and those jumping on musical trains, she continues to bring music all her own to the table. After all, the best musical creations are those that are unique. Most recently, she was named one of Kentucky Country Music’s Top New Musical Acts to Watch for 2022.
On March 11, 2022, we will welcome Cole Chaney and Lance Rogers to the Heritage Music Series. Originally from Boyd County, Cole Chaney, has made a name for himself with his authentic compositions and performances on stage. Cole sings songs about personal experiences, stories he’s heard over the years, and fictional characters. The young singer dominated the Laurel Cove Music Festival scene and sold out The Burl this year. His lyrics make us want to go “Back to Kentucky” when we leave the stage. Be sure to pick up his latest album, “Mercy.”
Lance Rogers, from Berea, draws on his blue-collar roots, love of his Kentucky home in the Bluegrass region, and heart of his varied musical influences to craft songs that appeal to story buffs everywhere. You’ll hear traces of your own memories and life experiences in the unmistakable originality of the unique, sometimes raw, perspective of a hardworking Kentuckian as he paints musical portraits that touch a range of emotions. Lance recently released his debut album, “Outside the Lines” in October 2021.
Appetizers and cash bar will be provided by Old Town Grill of London. Both shows are open to all ages.
Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of the Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a journalist and music historian for more than 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage and exclusive interviews with your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Col. and alumni of the FFA and 4-H clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award recipients. In 2019, she was a member of BRIGHT Kentucky’s inaugural class as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on Kentucky Music Preview Podcast, Hollercast Podcast, Overtones Radio Show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she likes to travel, help her community, collect gnomes and Volkswagens.