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Kentucky Headhunters Biography
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
vocals, 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. ~ Johnny Loftus, All Music Guide
Written by Johnny Loftus