The Kentucky HeadHunters have the best of both worlds.
“You know, we haven’t looked back,” band member Richard Young said on his 700-acre Kentucky farm. “We lived a charmed life to go out to live in Kentucky, be on the farm and go out to play rock star for a few days.”
The farmhouse, nicknamed The Practice House, is a property that once belonged to Young’s grandmother. It was the site where The Kentucky HeadHunters formed their sound. It’s also a place to discuss their gigs abroad or in their neighborhood.
The conversation this time among the Grammy Award-winning group has been the 17,000 miles traveled in the tour bus in August and the inaugural year of the two-day Vette City Motorcycle Music Fest, which kicks off Oct. 12 at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.
“We spend so much time together. ... It’s two-thirds of a year,” he said. “There’s this real different camaraderie there – a second marriage. We all know what each other are thinking.”
Young reflects on his friends pivotal to the local music scene, including Tommy Starr of D93-WDNS, and how the Vette City Motorcycle Music Fest performers and activities will generate fans of all ages.
“I think about being young and the young people have really made the new generations keep coming around to see the HeadHunters,” Young said. “All in all, it’s going to be a great two days of music.
“We’re happier now than we’ve ever been playing,” Young said.
Tickets are on sale for the Vette City Motorcycle Music Fest at www.vettecitymmf.com. Gretchen Wilson is a Friday headliner with Bret Michaels set for Saturday.
Along with the HeadHunters, Lita Ford, Foghat, The Georgia Satellites, David Lee Murphy, Pat Travers, The Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts, Big Smo, Smith & Wesley, Louisiana Swamp Donky, Geneva and Otis are also on the roster and will perform at the Corvette museum amphitheater.
All tickets include a free tour of the National Corvette Museum. More fun includes dyno drags, the globe of death, a burnout contest, biker games, custom bike, car and truck show, kids zone, beer garden, food trucks, merchandise vendors and two poker runs.
The free Harley-Davidson of Bowling Green kickoff party is from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Harley-Davidson of Bowling Green parking lot on Cumberland Trace. Bands featured will be Kiss Kiss Bang, The Hootz, Jasmine Cain and The Josephines.