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.
One of my favorite things to do while at a concert or watching a music video is to see the guitar strap. It has become a game of searching for a particular style. That particular style is that of my friend Cody Hixon of Great Point Custom Leatherworks. He has made quite a few guitar straps, belts, journals, and other leather goods with his own personal touch over the years.
I’ve been fortunate to have been there when he has given some of the artists their guitar straps. Justin Moore comes to mind as he has 6 or 7 of Cody Hixon’s guitar straps. Justin also has Cody to make guitar straps for his tour mates, so Jon Pardi and Dustin Lynch also have his creations after their final stop in Corbin, Kentucky, a year ago. From George Strait to Brantley Gilbert to Willie Nelson to Jamey Johnson, many folks have been outfitted thanks to Cody Hixon.
One artist that has one of his straps that I have seen quite a bit in videos is Craig Campbell. Several of us went to Country Throwdown Tour Series stop in Knoxville, Tennessee. Cody and I got to meet Craig after his set and he presented it to him. Craig was impressed with the craftsmanship. These days I see photos from others and videos of Craig and there he is, sporting that strap. I will say that Craig was very nice and humble to meet. With his songs and personality, there is truth, heart, and hard work that goes into his music. He is one artist that I’m happy to tell others about.
Here is one of those acoustic videos for Craig Campbell’s latest hit song, Keep Them Kisses Coming.
You can check out more of Cody Hixon’s leatherwork over at www.greatpointcustomleatherworks.com. Find out more on Craig Campbell at http://craigcampbell.tv.