PENN'S STORE PRESENTS
2014 KENTUCKY WRITERS IN CELEBRATION
Seven days of
beginning Sunday, April 27, 2014 and
full weekend of May 23-25, 1014
complete schedule of events, click here.
R. Stoneback and the
Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society from New York will be joining us
again this year.
Stoneback is Distinguished Professor of English at the
State University of New York. As Honorary President of the Elizabeth
Madox Roberts Society, every year he leads
dozens of students from New York and many other states (including
France!) to Kentucky to study Roberts, one of Kentucky's greatest
writers, and to participate in the annual Roberts Conferences held at
St. Catharine College (and other venues in Springfield and Harrodsburg)
every April since 1999. In addition, Roberts Society members have
participated in the Penn's Store Kentucky Writers Day programs for over
Stoneback is the author or
editor of 30 books, roughly half poetry and half literary studies.
Dr. H. R. Stoneback
KY Writers in Celebration performances by
Dawn Lane Osborn,
and other Songwriters in Celebration.
Dawn is a poet, song writer, and
musician and performs professionally.
Appearance Bluegrass Kick-off Winner -
is a Singer, Songwriter & Musician from
He has won many songwriting awards including First Place
Awards in The Las Vegas Songwriting Association and Songwriters of
Most recently, Phillip won first place in the 2014 Kentucky
Bluegrass Music Kickoff Singer/Songwriter contest.
In February of this year, Phillip appeared on Tim Farmer’s Homemade
Jam T.V. show that aired on
Phillip has performed for many years in many different bands and
also does a solo acoustic show.
You can catch his solo show at The Old
Talbott Tavern in Bardstown, KY.
He recently joined the 68 Drifters band that performs every
Saturday night at the 68 Jamboree in Lebanon, KY.
Phillip also runs a Recording Studio from his home in Lebanon, KY
where he records demos for songwriters from all across the country.
Several of his songs have been picked up and recorded by
You can find Phillip on Facebook and you can
listen and purchase some of Phillip’s music at:
IN THE LOBBY
(There is no fee charged
to meet and greet with the authors)
the cotton fields of the Egypt Plantation in Bentonia,
Mississippi, to a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee.
small town located in Central Kentucky, was an old Cinder Block
building, which stood on a back street of a town called
Lebanon. The correct name was Water Street, the nick name
was “Back Street” the old building was the home of
where the black folk went to party. Though it is not mentioned
as one of the stops on the well known “Chitlin
it was very much a part of the journey.
man who was born the son of a Sharecropper, with barely a
fourth grade education, became one of the most recognized men
in the town of Lebanon, Kentucky and in all the surrounding
counties because he was the manager of the famed black night
club called “Club
where entertainers from
to Count Bassie
played their music long before they became famous.
Reminisce with him as he tells of his journey and the Hall of
Fame Entertainers he booked long before they were Hall of
National Award-Winning Newspaper and
Radio Talk Show Host
Public Speaker, Investigative Reporter,
Author of 12 books
Shuffett is a nine-time Emmy Award nominee, winner of a
national TELLY AWARD. Is host and producer of KET's weekly
series "KENTUCKY LIFE" and co-host of the popular new KET
series, "KENTUCKY COLLECTIBLES". He is also the bi-monthly
“Great Outdoors” columnist and photographer for Kentucky Living
magazine. Shuffett was the host and producer
for the long running "KENTUCKY AFIELD". On the national level
he was owner and host of "Outdoors with Dave Shuffett" airing on
broadcast stations as well The Outdoor Channel. This is his
MY KENTUCKY LIFE
Woodward, a native of Lexington, Kentucky is an
explorer, international traveler, and Storyteller.
His career includes working as an engineer, a marketing
manager, a technical writer, and running his own marketing
consulting firm. He helped start a Habitat for Humanity
affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky and was its first executive
director. He later worked for the national Habitat for Humanity
in Eastern Kentucky. He is a member of
SCBWI and attends a local writers
critique group and is a member of the local Spellbinders
storytelling organization. Ben and wife Lynda reside in
was a Guggenheim fellow for
fourth book of poetry,
The Common Man, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in
2011. Manning teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at
Warren Wilson College and at Transylvania University in
recently Manning received the Lee Smith Award from Lincoln
His next book,
Gone and the Going Away, will be published in the spring of
50 Years of Exile: A Band in Transition
author Randy Westbrook and former members of
The Exiles will be performing and signing from
6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Westbrook is a professor at Eastern Kentucky University and
Bluegrass Community and Technical College.
The book was published through Acclaim Press.
Westbrook and some of the former Exile band members will
provide some live music at the signing.
Eric “Rick” Lee is a native of Chicago,
Illinois. A second generation soldier, Rick was commissioned as
an officer after completing Army ROTC at the University of
Alabama. He subsequently served eight years with the 101st
Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and the 3rd
Armored Division in Germany. Rick’s awards include the Bronze
Star, Army Commendation, Southwest Asia and National Defense
Medals as well as the Parachutist and Air Assault Badges.
A veteran of the Gulf War, he is an affiliate of the 761st
Tank Battalion & Allied Veteran’s Association as well as a
member of the Central Kentucky World War II Roundtable. He
holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and a
Masters degree from Murray State University. Rick’s father
served in both World War II and the Korean War.
Rick has worked in the civilian arena
in various management and technical positions. He is privileged
to be the father of four children and has been married to his
wife Mary for 28 years. He
is author of the book Tribute to Valor and Courage. The nonfiction work chronicles the
lives of several veterans of World War II and the former last
known living American veteran from World War I.
Higdon has worked for the
Louisville and the New York Times. He has
contributed to The Prairie Home Companion, researched the
NYPD counter-terrorism and intelligence division and is currently a
contributing editor with PBS Frontline's Teharan Bureau.
He lives in Lebanon, Kentucky, and Brooklyn, New York.
Higdon is the author of the book
The Cornbread Mafia
and is the first journalist subpoenaed under the Obama
administration. His book takes readers back to the 1970s and
'80s and the clash between federal and local law enforcement and a
band of Kentucky farmers with moonshine and pride in their
One quote about the book says:
and wacky history that illuminated the shadowy area between the
good guys and the bad guys, and vividly documents how far the
temptations of one plant can take men ..." -- Geoffrey Gray,
author of the New York Times bestseller
Skyjack: The Hunt for
D. B. Cooper
Darlene Franklin Campbell is an award-winning poet and
novelist from southern Kentucky. She is also a first grade
teacher and visual artist. Her works include I Listened,
Momma, Uncommon Clay, Looking for Pork Chop McQuade
portions of her royalties to aid in the fight against cancer
and to fund efforts aimed at halting mountaintop removal. She
holds an Master’s Degree from Lindsey Wilson College and has
done post grad work at Western Kentucky University. She is
proud of her Appalachian heritage and writes about the region
and its people, not as an outsider looking in with romantic
notions, but as one who has risen up out of the Kentucky soil,
like a tree, with roots going four hundred years deep, touching
long-gone Scotch Irish settlers, Native American bloodlines and
In her spare
time, Darlene is an avid disciple of martial arts and enjoys
spending time with friends, family and nature.
Harrison-Pace, award winning author, playwright and
as America's Top 100 Literary African American Divas, Poet of the
Year, Humanitarian Author of the Year, Adjunct Reporter for
University of Southern California's Institute of Genetic Medicine
Art Museum, Guest Columnist Advocate Messenger, On-Line
Arts and Education Reporter for Examiner, Guest Poet for
THE CAN FACTORY of Mohnesee, Germany.
Ambassador to Haiti for Arise and Shine
the Light Ministries.
was born and reared in Daviess County, Kentucky. He graduated
from Daviess County High School, Kentucky Wesleyan College (BA),
and Western Kentucky University (MA, Rank I). He taught history for
36 years in the Kentucky School System (31 years at Hancock County
High School and 21 years at Owensboro Community & Technical
He retired in 2012 and began his
career as a published author.
His historical novel
was released by Acclaim Press in September 2012. It
immediately began to garner endorsements from the Kentucky Arts
Council, the Kentucky Humanities Speakers Bureau, the Kentucky
Historical Society, and the Kentucky Department of Libraries &
Archives. In January 2013 the United States Daughters of 1812
gave him the "Spirit of 1812 Award, and Governor Steve Beshear
received Price in his office where he presented him with a copy of
The Kentucky Senate presented him with a commendation, designating
a “Kentucky phenomenal literary achievement that will enrich the
lives of many Kentuckians to come." The novel also won the Gold
Medal for Best Historical Fiction" at the 2013 Readers Favorite
Awards in Miami Florida. It will soon go into a 4th printing.
Price has been
presenting educational programs across the state of Kentucky and
beyond--from Michigan to Florida; West Virginia to Missouri and
most states in between (mostly a historical program on Kentucky in
the War of 1812 and a writing program for aspiring writers.)
Many of my readers were struck by the "brush arbor" sermon in
Chapter 10 of Widder's
asked if the strange phenomena really did occur. Price
gleaned most of the narrative from first-hand accounts of
revival-goers at the great
Cane Ridge Revival of 1801; therefore he could truthfully declare that it had
That prompted him
to develop a program about the revival. It is entitled:
"What I Saw at Cane Ridge!" He presents the program in three parts:
a brief introduction; a 20-25 minute "eyewitness account" of what
occurred, and a 15-20 minute slideshow with portraits, documents
and very recent photos of Cane Ridge (meetinghouse, grounds, and
museum.) The PowerPoint program was reviewed by James
Trader, Curator at Cane Ridge Meetinghouse. The program has
gone over exceptionally well and it recently attracted the
attention of the folks at Bourbon County Tourism Commission and the
Cane Ridge Meetinghouse and they have invited him to be the main
presenter on Cane Ridge Day, June 21st 2014 at the meetinghouse.
Recently he presented the "What I Saw
at Cane Ridge" program for the 125th Anniversary of Crofton
There were three pastors present (all
have been to Cane Ridge and one even did his master’s thesis on the
Great Cane Ridge Revival.) They agreed that the program captured
what they knew of the event and that they learned much about
Kentucky life at that time. Price suggests that Cane Ridge is
one of the top five defining moments in Kentucky History and he
encourage people to travel there to see it for themselves. He has
been affected deeply by his visits to Cane Ridge and genuinely
conveys that sense of awe he felt when he strolled the grounds.
He dresses in authentic costume and
brings along one of the hymns of the era; the audience is
encouraged to join in. The program is very engaging, and folks
will come away with a new appreciation of early frontier faith.
D. Saum is an author and photographer who currently
resides in the Bluegrass Region of central Kentucky. A former
park ranger with the National Park Service, South Dakota State
Parks and Ohio State Parks, Saum is a volunteer alumnus of
the Student Conservation Association and served as instructor at
Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center.
A graduate of the
University of Dayton, Bradley's varied work experience ranges from
wildland firefighting to law enforcement, to senior level
management positions with Fortune 500 companies. Bradley has
traveled the United States extensively. The Black Hills and Smoky
Mountains remain special places, driving the subjects of his first
Harney Peak Revealed: A Natural, Historical and Cultural Gem in
South Dakota’s Black Hills (2012) [ISBN: 978-1478316756].
Harney Peak Revealed was named a Finalist in the Regional
Non-Fiction category of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Clingmans Dome Revealed: A Natural, Historical and Cultural Gem
in the Smoky Mountains (2014) [ISBN: 978-1494879556].
Bradley D. Saum can be reached at
Larry Sanders & BorderLine are
a versatile group of musicians. If you enjoy country
music, (old and new), old rock and roll, some gospel and a
little bit of bluegrass, Larry Sanders and
BorderLine is the of
entertainers for you. They are well known for their
colorful costumes and
comedy routines. If you've
ever been to a Pigeon Forge
music show, Larry
Sanders & BorderLine are the
group for you.
They have worked
with Ronnie McDowell and The
International folk singer
Michael Jonathan and
they were the band when Gary
Kentucky. They have performed on cable and KET. Larry has been
a special guest on the RFDTV broadcast of MidWest Country and Jordan
Leigh Young has appeared
on "The Morning Show" on CBS with Dolly
Parton and has been
Dolly's guest at the Grand
Larry Sanders &
BorderLine are known
for their "Tribute to Kentucky", Patriotic and Christmas
If you want "Excellence
in Entertainment" for
your next event, contact Larry Sanders & BorderLine
Jim Powell was born and reared in Washington County,
He has been involved with music his entire life. He has
been a member of several bands in the area including Wild Roses
and Borderline. He has been an emcee for numerous events
and enjoys entertaining with a touch of comedy. He is a
licensed auctioneer and is never at a loss for words.
M. Horn is an award winning poet and author of three
books. He owns and
operates KENTUCKYLIT, an independent bookstore in Harrodsburg
specializing in Kentucky authors. Chad frequently appears on
WRFL, WHBN, and WHIR radio programs discussing Kentucky
literature, and has taught and lectured on this subject for the
past eight years.
List of Other Writers and Performers
John Robinson, photographer
Having spent his early years in the USMC,
C. A. Shelley
became a member of the Lexington Fire Department, retiring
after 28 years of service. In 2010 he found his voice in the
arts by writing and co-producing the movie
Gone But Not
Forgotten, the Story of the Smoke Eaters, a full length documentary chronicling the memories and experiences of his
During the filming
Shelley became so inspired that he began to write. First: A
Collection of Poems, Thoughts & Short Stories about his beloved
Fire Department. Second: Wake up America Its Your
Conscience Calling, 30 poems honoring the struggles that our
military and their families are enduring every moment. Third: A
Spiritual Awakening, 49 poems of inspiration and hope. His
current book: God and Kentucky, a book of love poems about God
in all His glory and Kentucky, its beauty, people and history
with a touch of humor thrown in.
He calls himself a
“Blue-Collar Poet”, with My God guiding this ship, putting His
words in my heart, which I put to paper. I am on a mission and
I have a lot to say, look for me; I’m coming to you down God’s
C. A. and his wife Rita reside at Herrington
Lake, Mercer County, Kentucky.
Kathy Parrit Kerry Casey
JOEL MILLER GROUP
a native of Irvin, Kentucky is a multi talented singer /
songwriter / musician, playing over 4 instruments and has been
around music all his life. One of his songs,
MOMMA PLAYED GUITAR
tells how his mother could play any song she wanted ( until
arthritis stopped the music ) ... but only in the key of "C".
Joel, wanting a guitar for his own, was told he had to learn to
play "Wildwood Flower" on the guitar first. So, his momma
taught him how ... and his dad brought a new guitar to him from
Northern Kentucky in a caboose on an L&N coal train.
OLD GATE ON THE HILL
tells of family reunions and gatherings held at his
Great-Grandparents farm in the Sand Hill area of Estill County,
and the Gate on a hill that all had to drive through to come
into the farm. Miller says that performing
his songs is very difficult for him. “I am so close to the
subject that the feelings that motivated me to write the song
come back when I perform it.” Joel Miller and his wife of
40 years now reside in Frankfort, Kentucky.
have been performing together for over a decade. Their style
is laid-back with relaxing touches of Bluegrass, folk, and
gospel. Their performances include, but not limited
to, weddings, banquets, pageants, coffee houses, and church
services. In April they taped an appearance on
Tim Farmer’s Homemade Jam,
air on KET
later this summer.
Both Kathy and Kerry are teachers at Franklin County High
School. Kathy and husband Ron are the parents to two children,
Jake and Olivia. Kerry and wife Ruth, are the parents to one
By the Bushel is a
Americana, Folk-rock band out of the Elizabethtown, KY area.
They entertain with great original tunes with catchy hooks,
amazing harmonies and soaring solos. They have truly something
for everyone. The
group is composed of: Sean Johnson (vocals/guitar/bass), Mark
DeWitt (vocals/guitar/harmonica), Kim Weber
(vocals/guitar/piano), Andrew Critchelow
(Electric Guitar/keyboard) and Todd
County, Kentucky native, reared in Louisville, AMY BECKWITH
currently resides in Daytona Beach, Florida and is
an exhibited folk artist (several public and private gallery
exhibits). She was highly influenced through the
poetry and music of her father, Donnie Charles Watson and
the artistic talents of her mother, Florence Lynne May Sikora.
Beckwith is a DAR member, mother of 3, historic preservationist
and related to half of the Forkland area (several times over)
including the owners of Historic Penn's Store.
For more about
Amy and her father,
Brenda Smith Edwards worked for 42 years at the
Advocate-Messenger in Danville, Kentucky before retiring in
news in Boyle and surrounding counties and began writing
historical and genealogical features for the Sunday Looking Back
page in the early 1980s.
She has written more than 1400 articles and continues as
a contributing writer for the newspaper.
She also helped gather and compile information for seven
She gives the
credit for her love of Kentucky history to her former editor,
the late Enos Swain, one of Kentucky’s greatest historians.
Brenda has just compiled
many of her articles into a book named
It’s history from Brenda’s
Brenda is a native of
Cleveland, Virginia, a small railroad town on the Clinch River.
Her ancestors settled there in Russell County in the
came to Kentucky in 1959 after she married L. Harold Edwards of
the Forkland Community.
Purdom was born in the Forkland Community on Black Lick Creek
in 1931 and graduated from Forkland School in 1949. She
serves as Vice-President of the Forkland Community Center , has
been chairman of "Forkland's Old-Fashioned Bean Supper" for 38
years and has performed in most of the 38 dramas. Doris has
been married to her husband Carroll for 59 years, has one daughter
Dianna Barker and one granddaughter Jamie M. Hamblin. Doris,
along with Shirley Sheperson and Darrell Ellis, researched all
cemeteries in the Forkland community and compiled a cemetery book
called The Forgotten Past in 1976. Doris also served
on the Forkland Committee that put together the Forkland History of
families called Forkland Heritage: Its People Past and Present,
1793-1996, Vol. 1 & 2.
is a family group performing Christian, folk and country music. Our
Christian music is comprised of beautiful songs ranging from gospel
to old hymns to contemporary. Our folk and country numbers include
hits from the 1960's through the 1980's. We strive to remind our
listeners of the classic sounds from that era that we want to keep
Joe Crafa was born and
raised in Brooklyn, New York. He became interested in music of
the thirties and forties while listening to his parents' record
collection and became influenced by the styles of Dick
Haymes, Bing Crosby, and several
other artists of that era. Joe was the lead singer for several
"oldies" groups while living in New York. He played tenor
saxophone and performed at resorts in the Catskill Mountains of
New York state. After marrying he
moved to New Jersy and discontinued
any public performances. He moved to Casey County, Kentucky in
2005 and in 2009 was "drafted" by his friends to help start an
open mic at Uncle Bob's in Stanford,
Kentucky.It was there that he first
heard Leah Clark perform. The two tried an unrehearsed song
together at the open mic, which was
so well received that they decided to form a duet.
Leah Bugg Clark, born and
raised in Stanford, Kentucky, developed a love for music at an
early age, learning to play the guitar and sing at the age of
thirteen. She grew up playing music and singing in church, using
praise and worship music as the foundation of her musical
ability. She later branched out and began singing at coffee shops
and open mics, and started writing
her own music. Leah's writing influences
include Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, and Melissa Etheridge.
She is frequently compared to sixties and seventies folk music
icons like Joan Biaz and Judy
Collins. Leah's melodic song writing and stunning vocals can be
described as dream-like and haunting.
Although they came from such different musical and geographical
backgrounds, the similarity in style and vocal quality was
immediately evident. They have been described as having a "magic
blend" that captures their audiences.
Richard Moore - Artisan, Craftsman, Musician / Songwriter presently
resides in Ashville, North Carolina. His grandfather gets the
credit for teaching him to play guitar and Johnny Cash for the
inspiration to start writing songs at the age of fifteen. Being
reared in a military family, he gathered influences from all over
the country; mainly the southeast. Moore was introduced to Penn's
Store when he accompanied buddy and Hall of Fame inductee Billy Edd
Wheeler at the 2007 "GREAT OUTHOUSE BLOWOUT".
Street" from Lebanon, Kentucky, started in the late
1970s with six of the seven original members being cousins.
Today's group consist of Melvin Porter (bass, vocals), George
Brown (lead vocal, guitar, drums bass), Billy Downs (drums, vocals), and Wayne Pollock
(keyboards, drums bass, vocals), Larry Brown and George Owens.
is a band with a diverse history. The group formed in 1963
looking to play small clubs in Richmond, Kentucky, but managed
to top both the pop and the country charts during a ten-year
span in the late 1970s and
1980s. "Kiss You All Over" was a
major hit in 1978, spending four weeks at the top of
Billboard's pop chart. After several less successful follow-up
singles, the band decided to make a move to country music. This
resulted in 10 number one country hits. All of this success led
to an induction into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2013.
The years leading up to the release of "Kiss You All Over"
represent an important and often misunderstood period in the
band's history. During this time they played on three of Dick
Clark's Caravan of Stars tours, released a series of singles
and two full-length albums, worked with Tommy James, and played
all over the Central Kentucky area and beyond. This book pays
close attention to that era. In addition, a talented group of
Kentucky musicians helped to rejuvenate the band in the
1990s, and this book tells their
stories as well
Ed McClanahan is a native of Brookville,
Kentucky. A graduate of Miami University in Ohio and the
of Kentucky, he has taught English and creative
at Oregon State University, Stanford University, the
University of Montana, the University of Kentucky and Northern
Kentucky University. His books include
Man (a novel),
Famous People I Have Known, A Congress
of Wonders, and
My Vita, If You Will. McClanahan
is now working on a novel, The Return of the Son of Needmore.
Glenn D. Metzger has been
performing music for most of his
65 years, beginning with church
choirs from age six. After taking up violin at ten and guitar
at twelve, he played folk and rock and roll through his teen years
and early twenties while continuing to study classical music and majoring in music in college. A long hiatus to
attend to tend to family duties was followed by a return to performing.
Now, along with his solo work he plays with the string band The
Well Wishers and the song writer's collective Tingo.
BEN THOMPSON - aka BENS PENS
- was born in Casey County, Kentucky one of 14 children.
Ben has been writing since 1975 and sharing
his writings and stories with others since 2009.
Ben has presented his writings in over 100 places in Kentucky,
Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia. He has traveled,
worked and lived in 41 states, as well as Canada, Mexico,
Bahamas, Aruba and in the 1980's he lived and worked in Saudi
Arabia. Since a small child, he has enjoyed music ... but
it is the storyline that always captivated his attention.
Thompson and wife Vivian are the parents of 5 children
and presently reside in Somerset, Kentucky.
Elizabeth Madox Roberts
Society will be part of
in conjunction with their conference at St. Catherine College in
performing duo called
is composed of
Jolene is a classically trained violinist, pianist,
teacher, composer, arranger and studio musician with over
thirty years of stage experience.
As a freelance touring musician, she performed backups
for various headliners like Liberace, Johnny Mathis and Red
Top of the World
dinner shows, Sea World’s floating stage, live Opera and
Tonk Angels / Jekyll & Hyde at
the Opera House in Springfield, Ky.), are just a few of her
Jolene has lived in Kentucky for over a decade, drawing
inspiration from the peaceful, rolling hills, creeks and
forests. In her
rural recording studio, she crafts and creates original music,
sound tracks and arrangements for show and theatre
productions-plus original songs for her performances with
guitarist Lee Dixon.
Dixon has been in the entertainment business since age
nine when he first stepped on stage in the 50s and 60s playing
guitar and bass and opening for the likes of Frankie Lymon,
Stevie Wonder, Brenda Holloway and numerous other stars and
During those years Dixon also
appeared on recordings and was contracted as a songwriter by
He later gained broader experience
playing and appearing in USO Shows in Viet Nam where he served
in the military signal corps.
Today, he has returned to his
music roots and continues to compose new and original tunes in
J Denis of Parksville, KY, originally from Westbrook,
Maine, graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 1968
with a B.S. in Education with a concentration in history, and
did advanced graduate work at USM and the University of Maine
campuses at Farmington and Orono, and is currently taking two
courses at Western Kentucky University (Kentucky History and
The African American Experience). He taught middle school
history for 39 years in Oakland, Maine, as well as numerous
adult education courses for 25 years. He retired in 2007,
selling the snow blower and moving to Kentucky.
He is one of the charter members, current vice
president, and webmaster of the Oakland (Maine) Area Historical
Society, and is the current president of the Boyle County
Genealogical Association. He has been a genealogist since
1966, and has a deep interest in family and local
history, both in Maine and Kentucky. He is also a member
of the Kentucky Historical Society, and a contributing member
of the African-American Genealogy Group of Kentucky. He
also maintains a website, Salt River Genealogy and History, at
His daughter, Maureen, lives in his father's former home
in Westbrook, Maine, with her husband and two children, Gannon
Maurice Blanchard was born in Greenwood, South
Carolina. He is the grandson of Mr. Roy Barnes.
Rev. Blanchard attended the University of Louisville and
graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Justice
Administration. He currently works as a learning
technology consultant at Humana Inc. and attends Louisville
Seminary as he pursues his Masters of Divinity. Rev.
Blanchard is active in many social justice issues and currently
leads True Colors Ministry at Highland Baptist Church in
Louisville, Ky. He is an itinerant preacher of the Cooperative
Baptist Fellowship and enjoys meeting new people wherever he
serves. In his spare time, Rev. Blanchard is an avid
fisherman, basketball player and musician.
John Robinson, photographer
and Adam Neikirk
are songwriters from Danville who currently live in Westfield,
Massachusetts. Gregg Neikirk is
professor of English at Westfield State University, where he
teaches literature and writing, including a popular Songwriting
Neikirk will soon enter graduate
school in an MFA program where he will use his jazz guitar
skills to help write poetry, among other things. Adam, who has
a B.A. in Jazz Studies, has also been a teacher in the
Songwriting classes at WSU.
was born in Adair County and raised in the small
community of Millerfield. He
served in the United States Navy was married to Ms. Phyllis
Jane Dunn Barnes, the love of his life, for 67 wonderful years.
Ms. Barnes sadly passed away in September of 2013. They
had four beautiful children, Larry, Phillip, who died in
infancy, Jenny and Nancy. Roy held many different jobs
during his career such as working for the Louisville Transit
Company as a battery technician, owning and operating his own
laundry mats, and serving as Vice President of Operations for
Convenient Food Marts in Florida as well as Director of
Franchise Operations in Kentucky. Mr. Barnes is semi-retired
but still works part-time for Napa Auto Parts yet he finds his
greatest joy in writing. An accomplished author, Mr.
Barnes has had two books published entitled, A Journey
from Slingshots & Marbles to Bottom Lines and
Wildflower Poetry: And Poems and Stories of Yesterday.
As well, Mr. Barnes is an artist, having painted many beautiful
pictures throughout the years. Currently, he is working
on multiple writing projects and is compiling all of his poems
to publish in a book in the near future.
Kenneth Joseph Mills grew up on a knob
farm on upper Little South in the Forkland area.
He immediately joined the U.S. Air Force after
graduating from Casey County High School.
While in the Air Force he worked as a jet engine
mechanic and was discharged after nine years.
He attended the University of Kentucky and for
thirty-three years he worked as an engineer in industry; he was
also in the Air Force Reserves for thirty-three years.
He loves being retired and working on his own place here
is a native of Danville, Kentucky and has lived in the Danville
area most of her life. She and her husband of 41 years, John
are the parents of 3 sons; Jonathan - Savannah,
Tennessee, Jeremy - Danville, Kentucky and Jordan -
She has five adorable grandchildren and is expecting
another one in June.
She considers herself to be a professional grandmother.
Carolyn has enjoyed
writing from an early age when she was in elementary school.
She credits her recent accomplishments to taking advantage of
several classes that have been offered at the Community Arts
Center and Pioneer Playhouse in Danville.
She has taken Creative Writing, Memoir Writing, Poetry
Writing, Ten Minute Playwriting, and Storytelling in order to
hone her writing skills.
Carolyn has been a member of the
Danville Writing Group since its beginning in 2007.
She is also a member of the community ladies chorus,
Sounding Joy, and hopes soon to learn songwriting, so she can
put music to some of her poems.
Her ten minute play entitled “Trust” will be presented
in June at the Community Arts Center in Danville as part of the
Lunch with the Arts program.
Gwinn was raised in the area of Frankfort, KY and is an accomplished bass player and vocalist. Her father
took her to gigs as a child starting at the age of twelve. She
always surprises with her expansive knowledge of classic
country and rock and roll. Her group is called Jenny
and the Squames.
He goes by Joseph, although his mom calls him Joey and some folks
call him Joe. His full name, though, is
Joseph Ross Camuglia.
He's of Italian decent and grew up in a small town (of about 5
thousand people) 60 miles north of New York City. The town is
called Marlboro. And although they don't make cigarettes there,
they do smoke a lot of them! Marlboro is situated on the Hudson
River, not too far from Poughkeepsie or West Point. It's a
beautiful area of rolling hills and lots of trees, many of which
are fruit trees. The area rates third in apple production in the
New York State, and this songwriter was fortunate enough to live
amidst acres and acres of apple orchards. For twenty years he's
been writing and singing songs, often in places that you wouldn't
expect, such as pizza shops and barber shops... and grocery stores
and laundromats. He also sings and plays at more conventional
places like churches, coffeehouses, schools and college campuses.
Joseph s certainly one of America's best "unknown" songwriters. but
it's probably just a short period of time before some big shot
record producer offers him a contract and receives the fame and
fortune that he's been so diligently avoiding all these years! In
the meantime, singing for the few is what he loves to do. Many
albums are in the works. Joseph has written over a thousand songs,
and little by little he hopes to record at least a few hundred of
Noel-Wethington was reared in Dry Creek, Kentucky. She
graduated from Casey County High School at the top of her class in
Choir and Music Theory. Her love for singing and writing
began at an early age. She began writing songs at age 14.
While in high school she pursued her love of music by singing in a
gospel group and also in church. In a later move to Indiana,
Wethington continued her musical interests in writing and by
singing with a soft rock band for 2 years. Upon return to
Kentucky she sang with Jerry Chapman and the Young Country Band.
Her published poems include "Peace of Mind" and "Life".
is married to Ernest R. Wethington, a Kentucky native, and has 4
beautiful children who also carry Mom's love of music, one
son-in-law now serving in Afghanistan and one adorable grandson.
Regina Wethington resides in
has been teaching language arts for 21 years in Lincoln County,
Kentucky. She always had a great personal love for writing, and
since becoming a teacher, has an even greater love for teaching
others to write. Dixie began writing stories at a very young age. A
high school poetry class opened the door to another genre. Bertram
has written plays for church, which she also directed and produced,
and has also written sermon skits and personal narratives.
Dixie Bertram presently teaches at Lincoln County Middle
School; lives in Stanford, Kentucky where she has resided most of
her life, has two daughters and two granddaughters.
Andy Rice, a native of Pulaski County, Kentucky currently
resides in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, with his wife Jane. Andy's musical
inspiration comes from his uncle, who would bring his guitar to
family gatherings and perform for the family. Andy's mother
Geneva Rice was also an inspiration as she also played the guitar
and sang. Andy has written two songs, "Which Way to Pray" and
"Slipped and Fell in Love". Andy also played guitar and sang
solo in a country band named "Andy and the Dandy's" in the early
1980s. In the '80s and '90s he played with "The Kings Mt.
Bluegrass Boys." Currently Andy plays with the Mill
Street Band and can be heard at the Community Arts Center,
Lee Hodge (bass guitar)
of Stanford, Kentucky and Tim Young (Lead guitar)
of Kings Mountain, Kentucky will accompany Andy Rice.
Formed in November 2011, Figure 8 consists of
Singer and guitarist Ryan Sanders, Bass Guitarist Levi Smock,
Keyboardist Nich Perrin and Drummer Jakob Duncan. Having
recorded two albums to day, Figure 8 primarily performs original
To learn more about
facebook.com/figure8.band or Email
"H. R. Stoneback--known
in the music world--is a part-time
full-time writer and professor.
He is the subject
of Jerry Jeff
Walker's hit song "Stoney."
Well-known in the 1960s,
especially in singer-songwriter circles in New Orleans and
performed throughout Asia, Europe, and North
America for four decades as
half of the singing duo "Stoney
& Sparrow" (with his late wife). Over
the years, "Stoney
& Sparrow" released four albums that included many of
hundreds of songs he has written.
(One album, "Oh,
released in 1984 in China, where it was a best-seller.)"
Paul Stansbury is a retired city manager who lives in
Nowadays he enjoys the time he can devote to writing.
He frequently reads his
for the public, has published poetry in Kentucky Monthly, and
written for the Advocate Messenger.
Most recently, two of his short stories were selected to
appear in an upcoming horror anthology to be published by the
is a former
and English teacher
who now spends her spare time doing history and genealogy
research. Over the last 30 years she has written many
Bible Studies and devotionals and has helped compile history
books for the Forkland Community Center.
Michael Hughes has been Entertaining
and as a front man and dj for over 45 years. His Band,
Meadowlark and the Mystic's won the Crusade for Children Combo
contest in 1968. Since that time he has led and performed in
numerous groups. He is presently the leader of a 8 piece Motown
group known as
and a smaller dance group
Michaelfly and the Soul Revue.
Michael also owns a dj business known as
that includes a Video set up after 23 years of working in
different factories he is retired and serves as the president
of the newly formed Danville Boyle County African American
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May 23 and May 24
DANVILLE COUNTRY CLUB
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For information call the Danville County Club
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