Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel 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 the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Hollercast podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.
For three years, WFKY Froggy 104.9/101.7 out of Frankfort, Kentucky, has hosted an annual St. Jude Jam. The concert features the acoustic talents of up and coming country music artists. I always thought that Froggy puts on some of the best organized events for its listeners.
This year’s line-up included Kentucky native duo, Aly’an, as well as Josh Pruno and Greg Bates. Over 200 were in attendance at the Grand Theatre on Saturday night. The best part, 100% of the proceeds (over $1600) went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Aly’An started off the show with a heartfelt set with several good original songs, as well as covering “Landslide.” Highlights included “Busted” about catching a cheating love and “Going Home.”
Josh Pruno captured the room with his singing voice and his stories. He also put tears in everyone’s eyes when he mentioned that it was his 11th wedding anniversary and his family were there. He dedicated Richard Marx “Right Here Waiting For You” to his wife. He also brought his young son on stage to cover a Shenandoah tune. Other highlights include “Better Me Than Me” where a girl does guy things better than the guy in the relationship, “Pistols and Diamonds,” and “Another Life” written with Rick Huckabee. He would end his set with the heartfelt “23rd Psalms.”
Headliner Greg Bates displayed his vocal abilities with a set that seemed short. Opening with “Everywhere With You,” he continued to play several other original tunes, “Whipped,” “Fill in the Blank,” “Drive You Home,” “Lost in Caroline,” and “Did It For the Girl.” He also covered Garth Brooks’ “Papa Loved Mama” and ended with “Heroes,” a song recently cut by Justin Moore.
At the end, all of the performers got back on stage to sing “Drift Away,” complete with Cricket from Froggy playing tambourine in the background. (You HAD to be there to see what fun that was!) Overall, it was a great time for music and friendship. Not only that, it was a great cause raising money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.