That’s A Fact Jack
The Kentucky Headhunters
The Kentucky Headhunters backstory
Bona fide Southern rock royalty, The Kentucky Headhunters have maintained a longevity most acts can only dream about.
With a Grammy award, CMA Album of the Year Award, two CMA Vocal Group of the Year Awards, two top 10 charting albums, and four consecutive Top 40 hits, their international success spans multiple genres.
The ‘Heads’ are credited with creating a unique blend of honky-tonk, blues and Southern rock.
And it’s no surprise there’s a close family connection with Southern rock’s new genre leaders Black Stone Cherry.
Getting their start in 1968, brothers Fred and Richard Young and cousins Greg Martin and Anthony Kenny, from Edmonton, Kentucky, formed Itchy Brother.
The band morphed into The Kentucky Headhunters after Kenny departed and Doug Phelps joined the band.
Debut album, Pickin’ On Nashville (1989), became a breakout hit after selling more than two million copies.
And more than 30 years later The Kentucky Headhunters continue to break new ground — completing their first ever European tour prior to the global pandemic.
New album That’s A Fact Jack is out later this month.
In lead singer Richard Young’s own words:
“This old world of ours has had many a crazy time since its beginning.
“Some way or another, our people — regardless of race, colour or creed — have pulled together to overcome everything that gets thrown at us.
“Every once in a while, we see movies, hear music and find readings that awaken us to move.
“That’s A Fact Jack is just a little rock ditty to remind us of where we came from, where we’ve been and give us a reminder of where we need to be…TOGETHER.”
The verdict on That’s A Fact Jack
The Red Rocker himself would be proud to lead the charge on this punchy Southern rock piledriver.
Close your eyes and this could be Sammy Hagar fronting Chickenfoot.
Or even the former Van Halen man making his mark with Montrose back in the day.
In fact, it’s veteran singer songwriter Richard Young fronting That’s A Fact Jack’s groove-laden title track.
And The Kentucky Headhunters have rarely sounded better as they drop the band’s first new music since 2016’s On Safari.
A strong message paired with even stronger riffage is the perfect antidote to months of social distancing and disunity.
But the ‘Heads’ have never allowed the big issues to cloud their mission to create first-pumping party rock.
And that trademark fusion of fun and self-reflection underpins a welcome return from Edmonton’s finest.
This is The Kentucky Headhunters at their convincing best. That’s A Fact Jack.
What’s next for The Kentucky Headhunters
The band’s lates album is released via the band’s own label, Practice House Records, on October 22.
Look out for festival dates in support of That’s A Fact Jack next summer.