Groupe Country Rock US formé à Edmonton (Kentucky) en 1986 et comprenant Richard Young, Fred Young, Greg Martin, Anthony Kenney (en 1992), Doug Phelps (après1992), Ricky Lee Phelps (après 1992) et Mark Orr (en 1992).

The Kentucky Headhunters created a hybrid of honky tonk, blues, and Southern rock that appealed to fans of both rock and country music. While they were only officially together for a few albums, the band nevertheless left a long shadow. The origins of the Kentucky Headhunters lie in 1968, when Fred and Richard Young began playing together with their cousins Greg Martin and Anthony Kenney at the Youngs' grandmother's home. Mark Orr also later joined them. The first incarnation of the band was called the Itchy Brothers, and the group played together informally for over a decade. After about 13 years, the bandmembers began launching separate careers: Richard Young went off to write songs for Acuff-Rose, while Fred Young began touring with country beauty Sylvia. Martin became a member of Ronnie McDowell's band, while Kenney dropped out of music. In 1985, Martin decided to reassemble the Itchy Brothers. When Kenney declined to rejoin the group, Martin remembered Doug Phelps, who he had met while on tour with McDowell. Phelps joined the new project, which was named the Kentucky Headhunters. Besides Martin and Phelps, the band also included the Young brothers and Doug's brother Ricky Lee Phelps.
The Headhunters started playing twice monthly on the Chitlin' Show, a radio program on WLOC Munfordville, KY. From these 90-minute performances, the Headhunters built up a following. They sent an eight-song demo to Mercury, and soon after, the label signed the group. The original demo tape was remixed and became the basis of the band's first album, 1989's Pickin' On Nashville, which upon its release received overwhelmingly positive reviews and quickly became a hit. "Dumas Walker" reached number 15 in the spring of 1990, followed by the group's biggest hit, the number six "Oh, Lonesome Me." In 1991, the Headhunters released their second effort, Electric Barnyard. The album received mixed reviews, couldn't muster a single, and sold weakly. In summer 1992, the Phelps brothers left the group to form Brothers Phelps, a more traditional country group. The remaining Headhunters brought ex-Itchy Brothers Anthony Kenney and Mark Orr to the group, and the rehashed lineup released Rave On! in 1993. The album marked a progression towards bluesy Southern rock, which came to fruition with That'll Work later that same year. In 1996, Doug returned on lead Vocalss, and a year later the band issued Stompin' Grounds. Songs From the Grass String Ranch followed in 2000, and Soul appeared in spring 2003. Big Boss Man was released in 2005 and Flying Under the Radar in 2006, both from CBUJ Entertainment. Dixie Lullabies, the group's 12th album, and their first studio recording of new original material since 2003, appeared from Red Dirt Records in 2011.

http://www.kentuckyheadhunters.com/

Talents : Richard Young : Rhythm Guitar - Fred Young : Drums - Greg Martin : Lead Guitar - Anthony Kenney : Bass Guitar - Doug Phelps : Bass Guitar - Ricky Lee Phelps : Lead Singer - Mark Orr : Lead Singer

Style musical : Country Rock, Southern Rock, Contemporary Country

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Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

09/1989 CD MERCURY 874 744-7 (US) . Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine / Skip A Rope
01/1990 CD MERCURY 876 536-7 (US) . Dumas Walker / High Steppin' Daddy
05/1990 CD MERCURY 875 450-7 (US) . Oh Lonesome Me / My Daddy Was A Milkman
09/1990 CD MERCURY 878 214-7 (US) . Rock 'n' Roll Angel / Rag Top
04/1991 CD MERCURY 868 122-7 (US) . The Ballad Of Davy Crockett / Smooth
06/1991 CD MERCURY 868 418-7 (US) . With Body And Soul / Some Folks Like To Steal
09/1991 CD MERCURY 868 760-7 (US) . It's Chitlin' Time / Dumas Walker
11/1991 CD MERCURY 866 134-7 (US) . Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line / Walk Softly On His Heart Of Mine
02/1993 CD MERCURY 864 808-7 (US) . Honky Tonk Walkin' / Redneck Girl
05/1993 CD MERCURY 862 150-7 (US) . Dixie Fried / Celina, Tennessee
1997 CD BNA 64782-7 (US) Singin' The Blues / Kentucky Wildcat

Albums

10/1989 CD MERCURY 838744-2 (US) PICKIN' ON NASHVILLE - Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine / Dumas Walker / Ragtop / Rock & Roll Angel / Smooth / High Steppin' Daddy / Skip A Rope / Some Folks Like To Steal / Oh, Lonesome Me / My Daddy Was A Milkman
04/1991 CD MERCURY 848054-2 (US) ELECTRIC BARNYARD - It's Chitlin' Time / Ballad Of Davy Crockett / Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line / With Body and Soul / Diane / 16 And Single / Wishin' Well / Spirit In The Sky / Always Makin' Love / Love Bug Crawl / Big Mexican Dinner / Kickin' Them Blues Around / Take Me Back
02/1993 CD MERCURY 314 512 568-2 (US) RAVE ON !! - Dixie Fried / Just Ask Fo' Lucy / Honky Tonk Walkin' / Redneck Girl / Dizzie Miss Daisy / Celina Tennessee / Ghost Of Hank Williams / Freedom Stomp / Muddy Water / My Gal / Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Underground
1993 CD RSM RSM-026 (GER)

Dirty Pickin' - LIVE IN NEW YORK 1993 - The Ghost Of Hank Williams / Just Ask For Lucy / Honky Tonk Walkin' / Walk Softly / Dixiefried / Little Red Rooster / Freedom Stomp / Spirit In The Sky / Dumas Walker

09/1994 CD MERCURY 314 522 710-2 (US) THE BEST OF KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS - STILL PICKIN' - Dumas Walker / Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine / Rock & Roll Angel / Oh, Lonesome Me / Ballad Of Davy Crockett / Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line / It's Chitlin' Time / Spirit In The Sky / Let's Work Together / Honky Tonk Walkin' / Dixie Fried / Redneck Girl / You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
08/1996 CD ELEKTRA 9 61476-2 (US) THAT'LL WORK - Johnnie JOHNSON & THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS - That'll Work / Sunday Blues / Johnnie's Breakdown / I'm Not Runnin' / Bummed About Love / Stumblin' / Back To Memphis / Feel / I Know You Can / She's Got To Have It / Derby Day Special / Tell Me Baby
04/1997 CD BNA 07863-67461-2 (US) STOMPIN' GROUNDS - Neck Of The Woods / Singin' The Blues / Party Zone / Private Part / Kentucky Wildcat / Runnin' Water / Farmer's Daughter / See Rock City / Southern Belle / Cowboy Best / Mr. Know-It-All
08/2000 CD AUDIUM AUD-CD-8117 (US) SONGS FROM THE GRASS STRING RANCH - Grass String Ranch / Back To The Sun / Jessico / Once In A While / Love That Woman / Too Much To Lose / Louisianna Coco / Country Life / Dry-Land Fish / Dreamin' Kind / I Wish I Knew / Rock On
05/2003 CD AUDIUM AUD-CD-8178 (US) SOUL - Everyday People / That's Alright / You Got It / Lonely Nights / We All Need It / My Sunny Days / Last Night I Met Carl Perkins / I Still Wanna Be Your Man / Lookin' For Mr. Perfect / Have You Ever Loved A Woman / What You See, Is What You Get (Give Me Some Skin - Kentucky Jam)
06/2005 CD CBUJ ENT. 82956-90618-2 (US) BIG BOSS MAN - Big Boss Man / Honkytonk Blues / Take These Chains From My Heart / Walkin After Midnight / Hey Good Lookin' / Like A Rolling Stone / Chug A'lug / So Sad To See Good Love Go Bad / Made In Japan / You Win Again / Don't It Make You Wanna Go Home / I'm Down
06/2006 CD CBUJ ENT. 82596-90696-2 (US) FLYING UNDER THE RADAR - Louisianna CoCo / Country Life / Back To The Sun / Big Boss Man / Take These Chains From My Heart / Go To Heaven / Too Much To Lose / Chug-A-Lug [mix] / Midnight Special / Lonely Nights / Everyday People / Love That Woman / Once In A While / Ashes Of Love / Rock On
09/2009 CD MERCURY B0013159-02 (US)

Authorized Bootleg - Live - Agara Ballroom - Cleveland, Ohio May - 13, 1990 - Honky Tonk Blues / Rag Top / Some Folks Like To Steal / Oh, Lonesome Me / She's About A Mover / Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine / Rock 'n' Roll Angel / Dizzy Miss Lizzy / High Steppin' Daddy / Smooth / Dumas Walker / My Daddy Was A Milkman / Crossroads / Take Me Back - My Old Kentucky / Wishing Well / Spirit In The Sky

10/2011 CD RED DIRT REDX 7402 (US) DIXIE LULLABIES - Dixie Lullaby / Boones Farm Boogie / Great Acoustics / Tumblin' Roses / Les Paul Standard / In A Perfect World / Roll On Little Pretty / Sugar Daddy / Just Another Night / Little Miss Blues / Breaker / Little Angel / Just Believe / Ain't That A Shame / Recollection Blues
06/2014 CD Hickory 1622 (US)

Snapshot - Ashes Of Love / Chug-A-Lug / Hey Good Lookin' / Honkey Tonk Blues / Made In Japan / So Sad To Watch Good Love Go Bad / Sure As I'm Sittin' Here / Take These Chains From My Heart / Walk A Mile In My Shoes / Walkin' After Midnight

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