Events, Concerts & Event Space

Don’t miss great music and good times. Or come make some noise of your own.

We host several events throughout the year and you can too. If you need event space in the Red River Gorge for a large group, wedding, wedding reception, birthday, reunions, corporate event, or just plain ol’ get together, contact us

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Joe's Truck Stop w/James Reed Supporting

Joe's Truck Stop w/James Reed Supporting

Dec 9, 6:00pm

Pit House at Thatcher Barbecue Company918 Natural Bridge RoadSlade, KY40376 Map

From a ridge in the Ohio River Valley, on a front porch where Kentucky’s visible through the winter’s bare trees, Joe Truck Stop conspires over a smoking blend of Bluegrass, Honky Tonk, Western Swing, and whatever else finds itself inhaled and manifested by way of a wood box and steel wire...Years of digesting so much of the Country Blues lexicon and traveling the country learning the numerous styles of fiddlers, writers, and travelers alike has led to the original music that comes by way of Joe’s Truck Stop.

The songs are stories of living on the road, love, temptation, heartbreak, family, banjo pickin' tobacco spittin' women, gas station sushi, and much more...

We've released a handful of self recorded demos and three studio albums, the Free Showers EP (2014), American Dreams (2018), and, Yonderings, released in April 2022, currently receiving positive praise from numerous outlets and publications.

Doors 7PM
Music 8PM
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Josh Morningstar w/Stephen Scott Supporting

Josh Morningstar w/Stephen Scott Supporting

Jan 13, 7:00pm

Pit House at Thatcher Barbecue Company918 Natural Bridge RoadSlade, KY40376 Map

A curious and fresh combination of grit and humor, Josh Morningstar is knocking down stereotypes with his worn boots and unforgettable raspy voice. He is a small-town boy that originally hails from Funkstown, Maryland, and he carries those roots in a suitcase with him everywhere he goes. His small-town charm is evident in the way he greets people, and in the conversational way that he weaves the stories of his life into his music.

In front of the bright lights and behind the microphone isn't where Morningstar feels most at home. Named the 2018 Texas Radio Songwriter of the Year, he and his Kristofferson signed guitar have knocked out melodies in dingy hotels all across the country. He’s written songs alongside Kendell Marvel, Channing Wilson, Autumn McEntire, and many more. Morningstar was also the writer of several Cody Jinks songs, including his #1 hit “Must Be The Whiskey".

His lyrics force listeners to sit up and pay attention, and his songs are always full of truth-bearing stories. The familial connection Morningstar forges with people continues long after his shows are over. Josh Morningstar has shared the stage with some of today’s most sought after folk and country artists, including Shooter Jennings, Cody Jinks, Tyler Childers, Todd Snider, Colter Wall, and Ward Davis. Morningstar continues to lead the charge on the front lines of a new wave of country music - one full of soulful honesty, the familiar and true twang of an old guitar, and provoking melodies that tattoo stories to the souls of the listeners. His ability to write about tragedies and victories enamor his tribe of self-proclaimed “Crazies”, and the best part of it all is that he’s just getting started.

Song writing credits with: Hayes Carll, "Big" Al Anderson (NRBQ), Kendell Marvel, Cody Jinks, Erin Enderlin, Autumn McEntire, Hannah Blaylock (Edens Edge), Sunny Sweeney, Ward Davis, Larry McCoy, Mark McGuinn, Billy Don Burns, Alex Williams, Channing WIlson, Wyatt Durette, Casper McWade, Steve Dean, Chris Gantry, John Berry, Sam Williams, Waylon Payne.

Doors 7pm
Music 8pm
$10 Cover
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Kiley Connell

Kiley Connell

Jan 14, 7:00pm

Pit House at Thatcher Barbecue Company918 Natural Bridge RoadSlade, KY40376 Map

"Kiely's songs walk a tightrope, planting each step equally with both the grace at the heart of folk music, and the steadfast confidence of an experienced rock and roll soul"

Kiely Connell is a Nashville Tennessee transplant with rustbelt roots. Hailing from Hammond, Indiana just four houses down from the Illinois state line, Kiely draws inspiration from the hardworking people of her native Midwest community. As one of her peers put it: "Kiely's songs walk a tightrope, planting each step equally with both the grace at the heart of folk music, and the steadfast confidence of an experienced rock and roll soul." Kiely's powerful four-octave range will take you on a journey that transcends the ordinary.

In a time when most country and Americana artists are forging a similar path, Kiely takes fans on a different journey to unknown places -- sonically, and emotionally. She writes songs that have a gothic country aesthetic- a blend of somber poetry and western melodies delivered with her rich and brooding voice. Her voice merges gritty blues with an ethereal upper register, leaving audiences comparing her to the likes of Patsy Cline, Joan Baez, and Joni Mitchell. Kiely's incomparable voice, and her poetic storytelling truly make her an Americana artist to watch.

Doors 7PM
Music 8PM
$5 Cover
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William Matheny & Darrin Hacquard

William Matheny & Darrin Hacquard

Feb 10, 7:00pm

Pit House at Thatcher Barbecue Company918 Natural Bridge RoadSlade, KY40376 Map

What they are saying about William Matheny:
“Literary rock’n’roller William Matheny has a knack for spinning stories about roach-infested apartments and social anxiety into indie gold.”— NPR's Weekend Edition
“Cerebral alt. country from an unusually versatile singer.”— Rolling Stone
“William Matheny is quickly becoming one of independent country music’s most exciting emerging artists.”
Darrin Hacquard
SINGER/SONGSMITH
Native to the Hocking Hills of Ohio, Darrin Hacquard takes his appreciation of folk lore traditions and the truth of country music to deliver authentic relatable life experiences through his song writing.
Darrin Hacquard writes songs that connect. He’s funny, tortured, melancholy, and joyous. Sometimes he’s all of these at once. It’s an uncanny gift for empathy. He can see characters for not just what they are, but what they hope to be. His sonic landscapes are as diverse as the lyrical subjects that populate his songs. From Old Time, to Psyche-Rock, to Country, to Spaghetti Western, Darrin builds stories in a way that only he can, and tells them with unflinching vision and kindness.
Doors 7PM
Music 8pm
$10 Cover
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Tony Logue Band w/Oliver Sayani Supporting

Tony Logue Band w/Oliver Sayani Supporting

Feb 18, 7:00pm

Pit House at Thatcher Barbecue Company918 Natural Bridge RoadSlade, KY40376 Map

This singer-songwriter hails from West Kentucky. He's gritty. Honest. He sings songs of hope, and songs of despair. He's a blend of Americana, Country Folk and Heartland Rock n' Roll.

Doors 7PM
Music 8PM
$10 Cover

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David Quinn w/Tommy Alexander Supporting

David Quinn w/Tommy Alexander Supporting

Feb 25, 7:00pm

Pit House at Thatcher Barbecue Company918 Natural Bridge RoadSlade, KY40376 Map

David Quinn’s third album was born from a logo on a decades-old ashtray he found in a corner nook at Nashville’s Sound Emporium while tracking his previous record. The amber glass piece had seen better days, but it was the words “Country Fresh” imprinted on the side in its vintage font that grabbed Quinn’s attention. “I never stopped thinking about it and started using the phrase ‘country fresh’ to describe how I was living and all the things that I like. It just stuck with me and once I wrote the song ‘Country Fresh’ it ended up being the whole theme of the record.”

His first two albums, 2019’s Wanderin’ Fool, and 2020’s Letting Go were both infectious roots records that put Quinn on the musical map, gaining praise from Saving Country Music, The Chicago Tribune, Wide Open Country, The Boot, The Americana Music Association, Glide Magazine, American Songwriter, and The Bluegrass Situation, just to name a few. Even with the litany of accolades Quinn has already landed, it feels like with Country Fresh, we’re only getting started with this Illinois native.

In the wake of the pandemic back in 2020, Quinn left his adopted headquarters of Chicago in favor of a move to rural Indiana, into a house on a lake. This new — dare we say “Country Fresh” — setting enabled him to tap into the nostalgia of his childhood and rev up his creativity. For years he had been trying to find the words to describe his sound and what set it apart from his contemporaries. Last year, it finally hit him: he was making Black Dirt Country music. It’s the sound of midwestern storytelling, in the vein of his biggest influence, the country folk of John Prine, who was also born and raised in Illinois.

Armed with a dozen new songs after soaking up his new life in the woods, Quinn decided that for this album he’d up the ante and produce it himself. Returning to Sound Emporium with handpicked players, including Laur Joamets (Drivin N Cryin) on slide guitar and solos, Micah Hulscher (Emmylou Harris) on piano, Fats Kaplin (John Prine) on fiddle, dobro, banjo and harmonica, Miles Miller (Sturgill Simpson) on drums, Jamie T. Davis (Margo Price) on guitar and Brett Resnick (Kacey Musgraves) on pedal steel, the album was engineered and mixed by Mike Stankiewicz (Willie Nelson, Shooter Jennings, Jason Isbell) and mastered by John Baldwin Mastering (The Rolling Stones, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristopherson).

Alongside this star-studded ensemble, Quinn recorded a love letter to the midwest with tunes that tell stories of lost love, the open road, and finding one’s place in the world. Country Fresh is a collection of country-fried Americana gems corralled by Quinn’s singular voice and expertly-spun tales of heartache and triumphs amidst a vast midwestern landscape.

Country music’s one constant, in its many permutations and guises, is that it tells us stories of real people living their ordinary lives, sometimes doing extraordinary things. On the new album, Quinn hits all of these notes. “Low Down” is a song about dealing with not really ever having a place to call home and wearing your welcome out wherever you go. “Cornbread and Chili” is a smile-inducing ditty that evokes the way Guy Clark wrote about his love for food in songs. “Boy From Illinois” is an upbeat song about the easy living of midwestern life. “Long Road” speaks to the downtimes and the feeling of hopelessness.
Throughout the album, Quinn gives a masterclass in storytelling with the ability to stage vibrant vignettes of life, home, and heart. He burns through the songwriting at a cool stride, allowing you the chance to see yourself in his stories.
Country Fresh is a statement-making record of gutting, instinctual songcraft. It’s depth is built from the road less traveled, but traveled often. There’s nothing pretentious about what Quinn has created here; Country Fresh simply sounds like its creator is taking you along on the ride of his life.
Tommy Alexander has never quite known where he was going, just to keep moving.

In 2015 something undeniable was pulling the 31-year old DIY musician, self-made entrepreneur, and college dropout to the Pacific Northwest, where he quickly become a core part of their close knit songwriting community. While continuing to refine his own songwriting and performing skills, Alexander would go on to found Pilot Light Booking, which initially focused on that very community, but soon expanded to nearly 50 artists nationwide. As he began to delve into the art of tour booking, Alexander cold called one of his favorite venues and was soon the talent buyer at Bunk Bar. With little to no experience booking a dense concert schedule, Alexander dove in. His plan was simple: offer Bunk Bar to the community as a home for local showcases and touring bands alike. Bunk’s concert schedule thrived, on average hosting more than 20 shows a month.

With the pandemic putting an end to his days as a talent buyer, Alexander moved to Nashville in April of 2021. As touring slowly was coming back, the self-taught booking agent would go on to book more than 800 shows between April 2021 and April 2022, while responsible for a national touring roster of 25 artists.

In April of 2022, Alexander was offered a job to book tours at Wasserman Nashville, one of the most respected music booking teams in the world. As hard as it was to let go of Pilot Light Booking and the idea of a dense touring schedule of his own, Alexander knew this was something he needed to pursue

But his own music career was not to be put on a back burner. While in Nashville Alexander met Riley Downing at a small stakes poker game. Downing had just released a stunning album made with Nashville engineer and producer, Andrija Tokic. Downing offered to connect Alexander and Tokic and as they say, the rest is history. Tokic put together a band of Nashville session musicians including Chris Scruggs, Jo Schornikow, Megan Coleman, “Little” Jack Lawrence, Billy Contreras, and Dillon Watson. What started out as just a few songs soon grew into an album titled Feelings which will be released via Fluff and Gravy Records on October 28, 2022. The record finds Alexander delving deeper than ever into his own emotional state through a poetic and approachable songwriting lens.

The title track, “Feelings” is an emotional outburst of attempted self-reflection. Lost in the confusion between feelings and self-awareness, our protagonist strives to understand their own patterns in a merry-go-round of voluntary chaos. Set to a pulsing downbeat and celebratory organ swings, the precept here is to be true to oneself, yet simultaneously part of something bigger and objectively true.

“Silence” is the most haunting track on the LP, with its plodding blend of blues and doom. According to Alexander, “Silence stalks the night, elusive and untouchable. And through the eyes of the watcher we witness our own belonging. We see our connection to the mind and to the radiated world. Just as the cardinal and the busy boy are connected, in silence we cross the bridge between unafraid and complete loneliness.”

Other standout tracks include “Something Light”, which could have come straight from an early 1960’s Johnny Cash album, “Blues”, and “Backslide”, which would feel right at home on the new Built to Spill album.

Feelings was recorded in Nashville at The Bomb Shelter with Engineer Producer Andrija Tokic. The record was primarily tracked live over five session, with a few choice overdubs. Alexander credits Tokic as a wizard of audio.

Tommy Alexander has three previous independently released albums to his name, with his 2020 LP, Waves, ending up on numerous end of the year lists, including nods from KEXP and Magnet Magazine. Over the years, Alexander has shared shows with Big Thief, Michael McDonald, Mac Demarco, Chaka Khan, and People Under the Stairs among many others.

Doors 7pm
Music 8pm
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Rye Davis & Branden Martin

Rye Davis & Branden Martin

Mar 3, 7:00pm

Pit House at Thatcher Barbecue Company918 Natural Bridge RoadSlade, KY40376 Map

Rye Davis is a modern day troubadour from Pig, Ky. Performing over 150 shows a year both as a headliner and supporting act. In that time he has opened for names like John Anderson, Kendell Marvel, Ward Davis, The Steel Woods, Brent Cobb, Darryl Worley, Andy Griggs, Chris Knight, Julie Roberts, Sunny Sweeney, and Whitey Morgan. He has been an invited performer at Nashville's famous Bluebird Cafe. Brad Paisley gave Rye a big compliment when he said to him, " You sound a lot like Alan Jackson." Rye’s smooth, distinctive vocals, captivating songs and live show energy bring his brand of country music to a whole new generation of growing listeners who never knew what country could be. Armed with a can-do attitude and determination, Rye Davis stands as a beacon of hope for the return of real, down home music.
Branden Martin is a singer with a big, soulful voice and refreshingly retro sound. His music draws rave reviews and earns him fans in the fashion that only comes from raw talent and hard work. Branden got a good start in the music industry on NBC’s The Voice season 12 premier. While building his chops performing in local bars and music venues, and opening for artists such as Jason Michael Carroll, RaeLynn, Mark Chesnutt, Confederate Railroad, David Allan Coe, and The Steel Woods.

Branden Martin is a seasoned veteran of country music. Writing real songs about real life, the Bath County, Kentucky native is a self-taught guitarist who never considered compromising his roots to find success. Opportunity opened it’s doors in 2014 when he was convinced to compete in the “Hoedown in the Holler”, a well attended annual event, where he competed with many musicians with much more experience and won.
In between festivals, opening for major label artists and playing Honkytonks, Branden has recently released his hit single "Drink To Remember" along with a cinematic video to bring it all to life, now available for purchase and download.
Song writing, singing and playing the guitar have always come naturally to Branden. The more he gravitated towards creating music, the more those around him took notice to his raw, organic sound. Coming to the realization that stifling his calling wasn't an option, Branden has focused on organizing his song making to share, and his journey is well underway.

Doors 7PM
Music 8PM
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Samuel James & The New Impulse

Samuel James & The New Impulse

Mar 24, 7:00pm

Pit House at Thatcher Barbecue Company918 Natural Bridge RoadSlade, KY40376 Map

Born and raised in Lewisburg, WV, this 21-year-old, self-proclaimed "Singer-SongRocker" has been tearing down bars, taverns, clubs, and venues across the east coast. Pulling inspiration from the likes of John Mellencamp, John Mayer, and Chris Stapleton, he is developing a sound that is uniquely, Samuel James. Bending strings and hearts with his smooth and soulful sounds and captivating audiences with an unmatched stage presence, he builds an atmosphere with every performance.
Samuel James, has had opening responsibilities for nationally touring acts like Easton Corbin and LoCash, when they have visited the Mountain State. Regionally he has found stage duties at the likes of Universal Orlando Studios and House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, and locally playing the best venues in the state like Theatre WV, Live on the Levee, and 123 Pleasant Street.

Doors 7PM
Music 8PM
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Bedford W/Pedestryans Supporting

Bedford W/Pedestryans Supporting

Apr 7, 8:00pm

Pit House at Thatcher Barbecue Company918 Natural Bridge RoadSlade, KY40376 Map

The band your mother warned you about. In an electrifying show of force, Bedford effortlessly blends the passionate sounds of Soul - with the sonic command and presence of Rock. Prepare yourself - it's a wild ride!

Doors 7PM
Music 8PM
$10 Cover

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Mama Said String Band

Mama Said String Band

Apr 15, 7:00pm

Pit House at Thatcher Barbecue Company918 Natural Bridge RoadSlade, KY40376 Map

Mama Said String Band is an instant classic, since 2016 they’ve been bringing their own brand of the grassroots music you’re so used to hearing to stages everywhere. Based out of Louisville, KY, Mama Said String Band brings a refreshing reinvention to Bluegrass, Folk and Americana while focusing on vocal harmonies and contemporary instrumentation. Having won several notable regional awards including album of the year in the Lexington Music Awards for “Carry The Water”, Best Bluegrass Band in the Appalachian Arts and Entertainment Awards, Bluegrass Artist of the Year in the Lexington Music Awards and with three nominations under their belt, they have made a notable imprint in the Kentucky Music Scene. They bring big, relatable emotions and honest songwriting to every show, leaving fans always wanting more.

Doors 7PM
Music 8PM
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MOJOTHUNDER

MOJOTHUNDER

May 5, 7:00pm

Pit House at Thatcher Barbecue Company918 Natural Bridge RoadSlade, KY40376 Map

“…a stunner; a sun-dappled potpourri of everything good and true about American rock’n’roll, from crunching hard rock to soulful blues, from breezy cosmic Americana to head-bopping summertime arena-rock anthems.” – Classic Rock Magazine (9/10 Review)

Doors 7PM
Music 8PM
$10 Cover

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Nick Ailes & WD Miller

Nick Ailes & WD Miller

May 6, 9:00pm

Pit House at Thatcher Barbecue Company918 Natural Bridge RoadSlade, KY40376 Map

Nick Ailes is a Folk Singer with deep roots that spread from the prairies of the Midwest, to the mountains of California. He plays a blend of Folk/Americana. Nick writes songs about his life experience, and places/events that lend themselves to great stories.

Nick wrote, recorded, and produced his first solo album "Hearts & Wire" In 2018. A work dedicated to the memory of his father. He's now released three singles, and the full 10 song LP was released June 2019.

The album is laced with beautiful vocal harmonies, haunting pedal steel solos, and songs that sound as though they could easily be from an older time, or this one.

In 2022 Nick decided that he wanted to test himself further by putting out a new record that he wrote, recorded, produced, and mixed himself. Almost everything you hear is something that he played, or sang himself, with the exception of the occasional pedal steel part which were played by close friends. He currently has released three singles off this record, with the full album to be released in 2023.

W.D. MILLER is the country soundtrack to the deep South’s oldest roots. W.D. hones in on earnest storytelling and song craft, keeping in the tradition of country and folk songwriters. Channeling equal parts John Prine and Merle Haggard with a dash of Tom Waits, his honky-tonk country hymns and folky ballads keep boots stomping and tears flowing, whether touring through Germany or taking a full ensemble band on the highways and byways of America’s back roads. W.D.’s solemn guitar chords and gravelly intonations sing to the vagabond, disaffected spirits of country music’s past, while carving a new voice from traditions of rock n’ roll, blues and folk. W.D. MILLER has become a recurring performer at the Muddy Roots Festival, Southbound and Down as well as regional tours throughout the southeast, proving this is a voice that speaks to the true heart of country and folk music. W.D.'s sophomore album "Hard Times Like These", was released in March 2022.

Doors 7PM
Music 8PM
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D Boone Pittman & The Fugitives

D Boone Pittman & The Fugitives

May 12, 7:00pm

Pit House at Thatcher Barbecue Company918 Natural Bridge RoadSlade, KY40376 Map

With his sophomore album Emerge, D. Boone Pittman once again makes Eastern Kentucky seem as mythical, alluring and inviting as any setting that’s ever been immortalized in song.

We’ve all come to know and love places because songs have inspired us to daydream about them: Memphis, El Paso, New Orleans, San Francisco, L.A.—from "Sweet Home Alabama" to "the South South Bronx." But the scenery we encounter in Pittman’s songs is distinct in that he’s not just a troubadour passing through and observing for a night before heading for the next show. In fact, any place would be lucky to have a D. Boone Pittman to reveal its charms, its limitations, its stories, its humanity—its truth—to the world.

Having grown up in the Powell County town of Stanton, it’s as if the lay of the land has soaked into Pittman’s bones. And even when he touches on travails—be they his own or the more collective challenges he addresses for all of our benefit on Emerge—his love of home pours into every note of his rockin’ blend of country and bluegrass.

On the title track, for example, Pittman (who is also a pastor) grapples with the disintegration of our social fabric over a smooth, anthemic—and rather upbeat—Tom Petty-inspired country rock groove. Conversely, Pittman closes the album by extolling the value of resilience over a plaintive piano ballad on “Rise.” And of course, he takes us to the Kentucky of his childhood on songs like “Jordache Jenny” and “Casey Jones,” which weaves youthful nostalgia together with old lore, reminding us that the figure made famous by the Grateful Dead was actually a native of the area.

Pittman’s musical story begins in the early 1970s at the grand opening of the local town drug store. His late father, from whom Pittman would later inherit his trademark Martin D-28 acoustic guitar, basically forced him to sing a Johnny Cash song, much to the delight of the crowd that had gathered there. Pittman, though he immediately received enthusiastic accolades and even tips, wasn’t havin’ it.

“I hated it,” he recalls, “but I secretly loved it. In my room, I’m playing air guitar and pretending to be Elvis, but to do it in public as a kid was really tough. It wasn’t that I struggled doing it, it was just more the fact that I was being made to do something. That ended up driving me into a phase where I refused to sing out in public at all.”

Even going to a Johnny Cash concert at the age of 5 with his mother wasn’t enough to lure Pittman back into the spotlight, and transcribing the lyrics to hit songs off 45s for his father didn’t quite do the trick either—but it did lay the groundwork for the lyrical depth and flair that Pittman showed so effortlessly right off the bat with his 2019 debut Bluegrass American Dream.

“My dad would pay me a dollar a song to sit down and figure the words out for him,” Pittman chuckles. “I have to really question how good I was at it because I was so young, but I guess he was able to use it. Who knows how many of the lines I’d get right at the end of the day, but I think that’s when I got my first appreciation for lyrics.”

“Back when I was 7 or 8,” he continues, “country rock was really big, and ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ by The Eagles was a big hit. I remember that song specifically because there were so many verses in it. Even at that age, I could appreciate the darkness behind the cheating and the lying and everything in that song.”

Pittman’s resistance to performing in front of people went out the window, however, when he got the opportunity to go on a field trip as a freshman in high school.

“All the girls were going,” Pittman laughs. “It was an academic competition and they had a talent category. I specifically remember the teacher saying, ‘I need somebody to fill the talent spot. You get to go on this three-day trip to Louisville and compete.’ So I raised my hand. ‘Well what’s your talent?’ he asked. And I said, ‘I sing and play guitar.’ Nobody knew I sang and played guitar—because I didn’t! So I’m thinking I’ve got six weeks between now and this talent show, and that was when I had to swallow my pride. I go to my dad and I’m like, ‘Look, I’m ready to learn how to play guitar. I want to do this.’ And my dad was like, ‘You’re crazier than hell—I can’t teach you how to play in six weeks!’ I was like, ‘Just think of the easiest two-chord bluegrass tune that you know and I’ll run with it.’ So he taught me how to play a medley of Jimmy Brown The Newsboy and Wildwood Flower, but his style of playing was like Maybelle Carter, where they played the melody and the rhythm at the same time.”

The trip, alas, got cancelled, but Pittman’s life path was set. (By the way, he learned the song in four weeks.)

“There was just no running from it,” he muses. “I had an undeniable love for music, and singing came naturally to me. I’ve never put it down since.”

As a tribute to his father, Pittman adopted The Fugitives band name, but he sees his work as carrying-on an even broader legacy.

“I grew up in an environment where it was a common thing for people to bring their instruments over on the weekends—banjos, fiddles and guitars where everybody was singing and just having a good time. That was a really crucial aspect of my childhood. I really miss that. You don’t have that front-porch picking kind of spirit anymore, at least not where I’m at. So whatever I can do to bring it back with my music, I feel like I have to at least try.”

In other words, Pittman is inviting you back home—back home to a world that still has room for community, back home to the most cherished aspects of your past and back home to yourself. You don’t have to be from Kentucky for Emerge to take you there, but D. Boone Pittman sure does make it seem like a wonderful place to explore on the way.

Doors 7PM
Music 8PM
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Tara Dente

Tara Dente

May 13, 7:00pm

Pit House at Thatcher Barbecue Company918 Natural Bridge RoadSlade, KY40376 Map

“Grounded in a kind of rootsy Americana, it’s only after letting each song bloom that one begins to hear all of Dente’s varied influences. From her early years surrounded by the sound of Celtic and church hymns, to her self-guided tour through American vernacular music, you hear solid fingerpicking, storytelling, and a voice that always offers comfort. And from influences as diverse as Nick Drake and Enya, you hear a focus on not just songcraft, but soundcraft - using words and music seamlessly to create a cohesive whole.”

Doors 7PM
Music 8PM
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