With nearly 50 years of success spanning multiple genres, The Kentucky Headhunters are gearing up for the November 4, 2016, release of On Safari, available for preorder here. The southern rock, soon-to-be classic project tips the hat to family and the southern way of life. Click here to watch a behind-the-scenes video of the band in the studio recording On Safari.
On Safari, a Plowboy Records/Practice House Records joint venture, comes after several life-changing events for The Kentucky Headhunters. Band members Richard and Fred Young lost their father just three days before heading into the studio to record On Safari, causing the Headhunters to pour even more emotion into the record, which they have dedicated to the memory of their father.
Coming off the heels of their first-ever European tour, The Kentucky Headhunters are reinventing themselves yet again for their 12th studio album, drawing inspiration from their recent travels across the pond. The band credits Richard Young’s son, John Fred, and his bandmates of Black Stone Cherry for pushing them out of their comfort zone to make the trek overseas, where many of the Headhunters’ rock influences call home.
“What makes you weak, makes you stronger,” says rhythm guitar player and vocalist Richard Young of the band’s experiences together in 2016.
That quote seems to be the theme for On Safari, and southern rock fans can be certain of a strong showing by the GRAMMY award-winning group. Touted by Billboard as a “great American rock ‘n’ roll band,” The Kentucky Headhunters continue to bring their rocking, energetic live show across the U.S. and Canada, showcasing the one of a kind sound that has given them the longevity in this industry that many acts only dream of.
In 2013, the Kentucky Headhunters were inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.
The Kentucky Headhunters On Tour
Sept. 15 Oklahoma State Fair — Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sept. 16 Bordertown Casino — Wyandotte, Okla.
Sept. 17 Boom Days Heritage Celebration — Fort Payne, Ala.
Sept. 24 Merchants & Music Festival — Fort Thomas, Ky.
Sept. 30 Baldknobber’s Theatre — Branson, Mo.
Oct. 01 Martin County Harvest Festival — Loogootee, Ind.
Oct. 06 Cherokee Casino Roland — Roland, Okla.
Oct. 07 Red River Revel Arts Festival — Shreveport, La.
Oct. 08 2016 Cherokee Music Festival — Cherokee, N.C.
Oct. 15 Bridge Jam — Fayetteville, W.Va.
Oct. 22 Lee Theatre — Pennington Gap, Va.
Oct. 28 Penn’s Peak — Jim Thorpe, Penn.
Nov. 04 Big Pig Jig — Vienna, Ga.
Jan. 19 The Rock Legends Cruise — Hollywood, Fla.
Feb. 03 Bourbon Jacks Honkytonk Bar — Hastings, Neb.
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.