|Special thanks to Wayne Titsworth for this photo of Hank 3 talking to us.|
|Special thanks to Wayne Titsworth for capturing this for me.|
There is a big difference between corporate and non-corporate music business. At a show with someone on a major label, they had a tour manager, 2-3 security guards, very limited time to say “hi” and get an autograph (if the performer even does autographs as many do not anymore), and then a “pro photographer” takes your meet and greet photo that then takes almost a week to upload only to be disappointed in the result and that it is on the world wide web for all to see. To even get to meet that corporate owned performer, you either have to win m&g passes, know someone at the radio station, have a friend in the band, or shell out $$ on a fan club membership to have a ‘chance’ out of a lottery drawing to even meet the person. For Hank 3, he stood around meeting fans minus security guards, entourage of handlers, and he spoke with each and every fan, signed anything, and took a photo and made sure it came out ok. When it is about the fan, the experience, the music, etc and not about the money, you earn respect. Thus, why I’m proud to say I’m a fan of Shelton Hank Williams, III, and will be for life.
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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.