Reflecting on 2014 in country music and other matters
|Hank 3 – By Jessica Blankenship|
- Interviewing Marty Stuart over his country music historical collection. I even joked and asked him how does he maintain such wonderful hair. Read that interview here.
- Seeing Sturgill Simpson captivate a room of less than 30 people at the Zanzabar in Louisville in April. Read my recap here. It wouldn’t be a month later that he is up on stage at major festivals, garnering attention of critics and music fans who proclaim that he is what country music needs. There isn’t a late night tv show that he hasn’t played on (I think – need to check). It was neat getting to talk to him as I lived in Versailles and we had several mutual friends.
- Sitting on the front row of the Ryman Auditorium during the Grand Ole Opry. I’ve sat at the Grand Ole Opry House many times for the Opry. I have been to the Ryman for other shows, but never for the Opry. My favorite vocal group, the Oak Ridge Boys, played that night, along with Chris Janson and Lynn Anderson. What a memorable night.
- Speaking of the Oak Ridge Boys – what a complete honor for them to mention me and my writing during their performance at Renfro Valley. They also took the time to recognize my pal, John Herndon and his mother who was in attendance. Go see the Oak Ridge Boys – they are WONDERFUL to see live.
- Bucket List item fulfilled – interview Hank 3. It was one of those conversations that I had to pinch myself. We talked over the phone for an hour and then later on, I got to meet him at his concert at Mercury Ballroom in Louisville. Hands down, the most humble performer in the music industry and one of the nicest. His 4 hour concert is for the pure music fan that likes country and rock.
- Being invited back to do red carpet coverage of the Unbridled Eve Derby Eve Party
- Meeting Loretta Lynn at the Loretta Lynn Ranch. Read about that here.
- Attending the WSM 89th Birthday Bash at the Grand Ole Opry.
- Seeing my friend Craig Wayne Boyd on The Voice. He has worked for many years for success and there are a lot of folks behind him no matter what happens.
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.