NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 12, 2016) – With nearly 50 years of success spanning multiple genres, The Kentucky Headhunters are gearing up for the November 4 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.
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.
- Feb. 04 Washington Pavilion — Sioux Falls, S.D.
About The Kentucky Headhunters:
Known as “Southern Rock Royalty” and the “great American rock ‘n’ roll band,” The Kentucky Headhunters have maintained a longevity most acts can only dream about. With a GRAMMY® Award, two Top 10 charting albums, four consecutive Top 40 hits and countless other honors, The “Heads” are credited for creating a unique blend of honky-tonk, blues, and southern rock that appeals to the toughest music critics and listeners of all kinds. Getting their start in 1968, brothers Fred and Richard Young and cousins Greg Martin and Anthony Kenney, from Edmonton, Kentucky, formed Itchy Brother, which later morphed into The Kentucky Headhunters after Kenney departed and Doug Phelps joined the band. Their first album,Pickin’ On Nashville, (1989), surprised the world when it became a major success, selling over two million copies. Their 2015 release Meet Me in Bluesland, included the last vocals ever recorded of the late, great pianist Johnnie Johnson — Rock N Roll Hall of Famer and legendary keyboardist for Chuck Berry. The album reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Blues Album chart the week of its debut. It also garnered top placement on the Billboard Americana Chart. The band’s forthcoming Fall 2016 release On Safari is a southern rock album that tips the hat to family and the southern way of life. The Kentucky Headhunters still tour extensively throughout the United States and Canada, and recently completed their first-ever European tour. For more information on The Kentucky Headhunters, please visitwww.kentuckyheadhunters.com.