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Heritage Music Series Kicks Off Friday; Show to feature 4 female singer-songwriters from Kentucky | Local News

The spring hit Kentucky Heritage Music Series brings back another round of musical performances from Kentucky singer-songwriters for the next two Friday nights.

Located at the Heritage Hills Theater off the Tom Jensen Freeway, Friday’s session features four women with a variety of musical styles.

Jessica Blankenship, who works with Kentucky Country Music, said when organizing the fall sessions that she wanted to put on an “all-female” show to showcase the talents of Kentucky musicians and singers. She lined up the four women to perform, providing an evening of unique performances that are sure to please. In fact, both music sessions will also be featured in a TV show for future broadcast.

“CMH, which is the Country Music Highway, will be there for both sessions to record for their CMH-23, a country network that reaches over 20 million homes,” added Blankenship. “Usually when you go to record in front of a live audience you have to go to Nashville, so it’s an honor that they come here to do the show.”

The headliners of the Friday show are Brit Taylor, Jen Tackett, Chelsea Nolan and Bek Smallwood. Blankenship said the four will offer a genre of music ranging from rock to Appalachian country.

Taylor is originally from Kentucky and currently lives in Nashville as she prepares to release her debut album. Blankenship described Taylor as “western but with a touching country sound.”

“Brit is working with Grammy Award-winning and well-respected country music – actually all genres of music, Sturgill Simpson on his debut album,” Blankenship said. “She will debut some of the songs from this album on Friday night.”

Taylor played at the Kentucky Opry for 10 years and released a previous album, “Real Me”.

Bek Smallwood is originally from Pikeville and has a more rock sounding to his music, added Blankenship. “When she starts to sway, the audience reacts.”

Smallwood began singing and performing his original songs at a Methodist church in the Appalachians. She writes songs about the life, love and sorrows of growing up in the Bible Belt. With her husband Tim, the couple includes Bek and the Starlight Revue.

Jen Tackett grew up in Georgetown and is known for her red cowboy boots and bold compositions. She has performed at the recent Manchester Music Festival as well as other venues to convey her unique message through her songwriting. His songs are described as “bold and fierce”, promising an exciting spectacle for the audience.

Chelsea Nolan brings her experiences of growing up at Stanton to the stage in her own style. She was named one of Kentucky Country Music’s ‘Artists to Watch’ for 2019 and has continued to perform at music festivals across the state. She recounts her experiences as a singer-songwriter in Kentucky.

Next week’s show will feature three male singer-songwriters from Kentucky – Adam Chaffins, Sean Whiting and Dave Shoemaker. Blankenship said these up-and-coming artists speak well of the talent and heritage of Kentucky and its people.

“We got a lot of feedback from the last session about some of the artists playing together on stage,” she said. “So we’re going to ask the four women to do duets or all of them together. It’s an evening of intimate acoustics focused on music. Audiences can hear the story behind the songs. “

Blankenship said the spring music sessions drew attention to most of the artists who performed in April. Brandon Martin, Rye Davis, Tiffany Williams, and Eric Bolander, for example, have all continued to perform in larger venues across the state as well as in other states. Wolfpen Branch performed the sold-out ROMP bluegrass festival.

Tickets for the Heritage Music Series cost $ 15 per person and can be purchased at the door or online. Old Town Grill will offer appetizers and drinks for purchase as well as a cash-only bar. The series is sponsored by the London-Laurel County Tourism Commission and Kentucky Country Music.