PENN'S STORE PRESENTS
2016 KENTUCKY WRITERS DAY CELEBRATION
April 21-22-23-24, 2016
View the 2016 Kentucky
Writers Day Schedule and locations here.
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.
In 2015 we lost 2 extremely talented long time KWD participants
of Mackville, KY and PAULA HILL of
Aside from performing, multi-talented
JIM POWELL kept everyone in stitches, on and off the stage.
And there could be only "one" PAULA HILL . She marched
to her own drum and whatever the direction, she marched with
full force ... and kept us laughing all the way. Long
time supporters of Penn's Store and Kentucky Writers Day
Celebration, they are both sorely missed, especially at this
Jim Powell was born and reared in Washington Co. Ky.
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.
grew up in Danville, where her
father West T. Hill was chairman of the theatre department of
Centre College. He later founded West T. Hill Community
Theatre and gave Paula a great love for writing and all the fine
arts. Paula taught English and Theatre at the University of
Kentucky, Lexington Community College and Centre College. She
designs and leads fine arts tour groups to New York, London and
Tuscany. Her compositions include a chapbook of poetry: By
Heart, writing and directing plays at the West T. Hill
Community Theatre, and writing a business column for
Paula Hill is a retired teacher and lives in Danville.
She recently directed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at
The West T. Hill Community Theatre. She has a chapbook
entitled By Heart and is working on a new book of
poetry tentatively entitled Incandescence.
CHAD M HORN
is an award winning poet and author of three books. The
former owner of KENTUCKYLIT, an independent bookstore in
Harrodsburg, KY, 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.
is a multi talented high energy entertainer with a career
spanning more than four decades, traversing the United States
and other countries. Randy has been involved with
radio, film, television and hosted his own radio show. A
prolific writer, Burchfield has written and produced many media
"jingles" for Kentucky businesses. Randy Burchfield was
one of the youngest performers to ever grace the stage at
RENFRO VALLEY, and was the first person to have a full set of
drums on the RENFRO stage.
He has performed with and opened shows for many country music
stars. Randy Burchfield has earned great respect among
his peers and is proud to still be active in the entertainment
probably best known for his many
years on Danville radio stations as News
Director, public affairs broadcaster and morning air personality.
In what Hershel
describes as "long ago and far away" he wrote, produced, directed
and appeared in many films for the State of Kentucky in The
Department of Public Information.
Hershel called Danville home for many years, but now lives on a
farm in northern Mercer County with his wife Shirley. Calling himself a lifelong
fledgling novice in creative writing, Hershel is a member of
Speaking Out and Nomadic Ink writing groups in Mercer County. Hershel currently does freelance
voice work and script writing. He has been heard throughout the
South in radio and television commercials, industrial video
voiceovers, audio book readings, and political radio
advertisements. He and Shirley, and their
children, have had the opportunity to travel or work in many parts
of the world including East Africa, Central America, England, the
Caribbean, and India.
List of Other Writers Who
will have Books to Sell during the weekend
Bobbie Smith Bryant
Sophia & Lucas McWilliams
C. A. Shelley
List of Other Writers and Performers
Smith Bryant is a native Kentuckian and currently
resides in Louisville. She is proud of her family’s
farming heritage and deeply committed to Western Kentucky, the
home of her childhood. She provides marketing and promotional
assistance, as well as historic and genealogical research, to
Smith Farms of Calloway County.
Bobbie also serves the Kentucky League of Cities as a
community development advisor. For more than twenty-five years,
she has assisted cities with community and economic development
issues. She is a certified “Main Street Manager,” a national
designation of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Bobbie is a professional facilitator and instructs communities
on economic development strategies, and implementation
previously owned and managed a successful retail business in
Hopkinsville. While there, she also hosted a daily morning
television show, and a monthly broadcast featuring notable
people of Western Kentucky. Bobbie
served as associate producer of “Farming in the Black Patch,” a
PBS documentary which continues to air on KET. She is a
passionate and talented freelance writer. Her recently published
Farming in the
published in 2015 by Acclaim Press;
Passions of the
Black Patch: Cooking and Quilting in Western Kentucky,
published in 2013 by Butler Books;
Forty Acres and
A Red Belly Ford: The Smith Family of Calloway County,
published in 2011 by Clark Publishing.
Bobbie is also a
featured speaker for the Kentucky Humanities Council, providing
educational and entertaining presentations on farming, quilting,
cooking, and many other aspects of Kentucky’s history, heritage
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.
Stansbury is a life-long native of Kentucky. Now retired, he lives in Danville, Kentucky. He frequently reads his
in public. His poetry has appeared in Kentucky Monthly.
His stories have appeared in the anthologies, Brief Grislys,
published by Apocryphile Press, Neo-Legends To Last a Deathtime
published by KY Story, and Frightening published by SEZ
Publishing. His work has also appeared in a variety of
is a writer, artist and musician. His love for reading began in
kindergarten and was aided by a trusty nightlight that allowed
him to read late into the night and kept away things that went
“bump” in the night. In 1973 a musical career was set in motion
when he was given a violin by a dying uncle with the
instructions to” play it well...” A serious love affair with a
guitar began in 1974 and by 1986 William owned and operated this
same guitar store where he had begun his guitar lessons. William
closed his successful guitar store at the end of 2012 to
concentrate on his writing and music. William Sutherland
currently resides in Indiana with his wife Cindi and is blessed
with three beautiful daughters; he uses some of his poems as
song lyrics for his musical recordings. He is a native of
Kentucky and now cherishes those things that go “bump” in the
James Franklin Spragens
was born and reared in Lebanon, Kentucky. His great-great
grandfather William Spragens first
owned and operated what is now Historic Penn's Store from 1845 -
1850. James was one of the Marion County High School students who
drafted the Bill establishing the state of Kentucky's "Official"
Writers Day of April 24. James as owner and operator of BLUES ON
TAP restaurant and bar in Lebanon, KY hosted the first
SONGWRITERS TRIBUTE SHOWCASE night ... and continued for many
years. Presently James operates historic
Myrtledene Bed & Breakfast
www.myrtledene.com, Lebanon, Kentucky since 1993. His
interest in literature-- and especially Kentucky literature-- has
led to past work with Jeanne Lane and the Penn's
Store's Kentucky Writers Day
celebration. James studied English and creative writing at the
University of Kentucky with Gurney Norman. James resides in
Lebanon, Kentucky with his wife and two sons.
James is presently serving as Chairman of the Lebanon/Marion
County Tourism Commission.
Wolfe is a luthier and tunesmith from Danville, KY.
A guitar player since his early teens, his music reflects his
influences from bluegrass to old time country. He often
plays with the central Kentucky based bluegrass band “The
Sawbriars”. Left to right this band is Jeff Raines, Joe
Conder, Alan Lewis, Doug Jarvis, and Judge Wolfe. A unique feature of his performance is that he
builds by hand the instruments that he plays, both acoustic and
Wayne Westerfield (
aka " The Drumming Banker", a title earned later in his music
career ) has been performing in bands since 1968. His early
band career was spent with bands performing Soul and Rhythm &
Blues, all of which had a strong influence on
his musicial palate. However, in 1975, while in college,
several "Country" music jobs came along ... his adopted genre
for the past 41 years ... and " the rest is
history". Westerfield was drummer on a 1969 45rpm record done
by noted Boyle County, Kentucky songwriter, KENDALL HAYES (
who penned the country classic, "JUST WALK ON BY". )
Westerfield will return to his "roots" at the 2016 Songwriters
Tribute Showcase as drummer with * BIG BOSS BAND.
Phillip Clarkson is a Singer, Songwriter &
Musician from Bradfordsville, KY. He has won many songwriting
awards including First Place Awards in The Las Vegas
Songwriting Association and Songwriters of Wisconsin contests.
Phillip also won first place in the 2014 Kentucky Bluegrass
Music Kickoff Singer/Songwriter contest.
Phillip is a member
of The Big Train Band (Lead Guitar/Vocals) along with Chuck
Creekmore (Bass Guitar/Vocals) and Gerry Freeman
(Drums/Vocals). The Big Train Band performs every
Thursday night at Mariachi.s Mexican Restaurant in Lancaster,
KY and has regular shows through out Kentucky including Neon
Boots in Richmond, KY and The Bradfordsville Community Center
in Bradfordsville, KY. Phillip also does a solo acoustic
show in and around Lebanon & Bardstown, KY.
You can find
Phillip and The Big Train Band on Facebook and you can listen
and purchase some of Phillip’s music at:
Webb, a native of Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia, has spent most
of his adult life in Elizabethtown and now resides in Lebanon.
He picked up the guitar in his teenage years after a
football injury put a damper on his
mobility for several months.
Being the 9th of 10
children, and a teenager in the '60's, his musical influence
was rock and roll and popular music of the 50's and 60's.
This is the style he has stayed with.
Although he does not write original music, he sometimes
likes to alter the lyrics of rock and roll to spiritual wording
and perform in his church (as in Sister Act).)
R. Dean Johnson’s
essays and stories have appeared in several national literary
Ascent, Natural Bridge, New Orleans
Review, Santa Clara
The Southern Review.
His fiction has previously been nominated for the Pushcart
Prize anthology and excerpts from his novel manuscript,
have been anthologized in
Tribute to Orpheus(Kearney
Street Books) and Paradigm,
Volume One (Rain Farm Press).
Editor of the anthology
Teachable Moments: Essays on Experiential Education (University
Press of America), he holds an MA in English from Kansas State
University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State
University. Previously, he has taught at Prescott College,
Cameron University, and Gotham Writers’ Workshop.
Firecreek is headlined by Ashley Knapp and
Cody Doench; both are U.S. Army veterans. They are a
young dynamic bluegrass band that's dedication and drive
show in their music. They are from the Carlisle and
Preble County area of Ohio.
Westbrook is a professor at Eastern Kentucky University and
Bluegrass Community and Technical College.
50 Years of Exile: A Band in Transition
was published through Acclaim Press
. The book
chronicles the career of the Kentucky band "EXILE".
grew up at Pioneer Playhouse, performing on stage from the time
she could walk, and working behind the
scenes at the theater her father, Eben C. Henson, founded in
1950. Although she dreamed as a girl of starring on Broadway
one day, she gradually became more interested in fiction
writing. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and Film Studies
from The New School University in New York City, and an MA in
Creative Writing and Literature from City College/City
University of New York. For many years, she was an Editor of
books for young readers at HarperCollins Publishers in New
York. She is the author of many award-winning picture books,
That Book Woman,
as well as novels for teens and middle grade readers. Her
Here’s How I See It/Here’s How It Is
was a Bank Street Best Book of 2010 and was inspired by growing
up at the Playhouse.
Harryman’s poems are forthcoming in
North American Review and
Atticus. Her poetry and
micro-fiction have appeared in
Forklift, Alaska Quarterly, Verse Daily, The
Cortland Review as well as
other print and online journals. Auto Mechanic’s Daughter,
her first book of poetry, was selected by Chris Abani for the Black
Goat Poetry Series Imprint with Akashic Books, 2007. Before
moving to California she lived and worked in Kentucky for most of her
life. She and her husband currently live in Los Angeles with their two
young daughters and one old dog.
Somerset, KY, is a published writer of
prose, poetry, plays and an active member of Pulaski Writers
Alliance. Her poetry has appeared widely in the region, most
recently in Kentucky Monthly.
Other works are found in
Appalachian Heritage, Mosiac I and II, Now & Then, Poetry as
Prayer, Telling Stories: Fiction by Ky Feminists,The Writer
and many other journals and
anthologies. Her play, The
Unveiling, was a 2 hour production
of ACT in Elkhorn City, and "Boundaries,"
a 10 minute play, was chosen as a winner with New Mummers
acting troupe and was held as a staged reading in Berea and
also at Manhattan Studio Club in NY.
was born in a log house in Garrard County, Kentucky, during WW
ll. Her father was a share cropper and raised tobacco and eight
children. She is a member of Pulaski Writers’ Alliance, KSPS,
and Green River Writers. Her family’s home is Eubank, Ky. She
has been published in Kentucky Explorer, Back Home in Kentucky,
Crossing Troublesome, Kudzu, Pegasus, Mosaic, Appalachian
Angels, Appalachian Women’s Journal, Trajectory, and other
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.
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.
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.
Maurice Manning 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, The
Gone and the Going Away, will be published in the spring of
has lived in Danville over 25 years.
She was a
state employee and has now retired, concentrating on a
long-neglected writing career. She describes herself as an
eclectic writer, with manuscripts including a YA murder
mystery, an LGBT version of an O Henry short story, a secular
biblical fiction and a middle grade steampunk set in Ancient
Tony Cooper is
an Award winning songwriter who splits his time between his
native Casey County, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee writing
songs and playing music any time he can. While he likes
many types and genres of music, his favorites are the old time
Nesbitt, a Pennsylvania native, has had one desire in life --
to be a successful musician and songwriter. At the age of 14
he started playing guitar and writing songs. He soon realized that
the more instruments he could play, the easier it would be to get
into a band. At the age of
17 he learned to play drums and bass guitar. The piano soon
followed. Jon was being influenced by musicians such as John
Lennon, Bob Dylan and the guitar playing of Jimi Hendrex.
that a true musician should be open to different styles of music
from rock and blues to folk and country. This thinking
has helped him develop his own style. Over the years he has
worked with many of Central Kentucky's top country and rock variety
bands. He has also preformed as a solo act.
want to be classified as a "one style writer". He wants to be
known as a true musician, songwriter and performer. With his
love for music and a God given talent,
Jon has the ability to succeed.
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.
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.
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.
Some Rock Band is:
Frederick – Bass and
style of playing adds wicked
bass runs and fullness required in a three piece band. From
Danville, KY, Garland has played in several local groups. He
has shared a stage with some national acts including Montgomery
Gentry, Confederate Railroad and JD Shelburne. His love of Rock
and Roll keeps him motivated to lay down those bass licks for
Some Rock Band earning him the title of “Kingfish”
Tim Scott –
Drums and Vocals- Tim
started practicing his licks at an early age. He quickly went
on to play in a variety of bands based in the Louisville area. In
1985 he moved to Danville and fits well into popular local
bands including Little South, Straight Shot and SRB. Tim
has shared a stage with several national acts but his favorite
story is of his Grandfather, Howard May. From Gravel Switch and
raised in a strict religious family, Howard became a “black
sheep” because his love of music prompted him to buy a
motorcycle and a fiddle in the 30s and drive to Lebanon on
weekends to play for 25 cents. Just doesn’t get better than
that! Music runs in our veins!
Lead Guitar, Keyboards and Vocals- The hardest working guy in
the music business, Steve Smith fills in all the gaps.
Accomplished on piano and guitar licks, he makes your skin
crawl with excitement. Steve established Some Rock Band many
years ago. The idea is to not only represent Rock and Roll by
providing quality music but to provide entertainment as we
remembered from bands of the 70s and 80s. Some Rock Band is all
about the “show”! Steve
has shared a stage with several national acts. His
love of music shines through in his playing.
H. Simpson is a Kentucky educator with a Masters and a
Rank I in English.
has taught for over 35 years in the public and private school
systems teaching English and Journalism.
Susan was also the Washington County cheerleader sponsor
and the newspaper advisor for 13 years.
She currently serves on the Kentucky School Media
Association State Board and works as a librarian.
the age of 23, Susan served in the Peace Corps. For two years she
worked in Colombia, South America teaching English and the use of
educational television and learning Spanish.
traveled extensively, discovering over nineteen countries.
Inspired by her travels, she now enjoys Painting,
Photography, and writing poetry.
Susan is a member of the Poet's Supper, a central Kentucky
collective of writers, which has published some of her work.
Susan is married to Coach Whitey Simpson who is also a Kentucky
educator. Chad, her oldest
son, is a Disability Advocate for Binder & Binder.
Chad and his wife Dr. Christina Conroy, who is an Associate
Professor of Philosophy at Morehead State University, blessed Susan
with a grandson, Carter who is now two.
Her youngest son Wade is a Photographer and is the Photo
Editor for an arts journal, Cousin Corinne's Reminder.
worked in advertising, public relations and publications production
before turning to fiction and playwriting. She has degrees from
Grove City College (PA), University of Georgia, and University of
Kentucky, where she taught journalism. Her play
Death by Darkness won
the International Mystery Writers Festival in 2007 and the Southern
Playwrights Competition in 2008. In 2009 she studied with Lee
Blessing at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, partially funded by a
Kentucky Arts Council Award. Also in 2009, her play
Aidan’s Gift won the
Kentucky Theatre Association’s playwriting award. She won a
Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship to live and write plays in Taos,
New Mexico, during 2010. In 2011 her plays were finalists in the
University of Arkansas Kernodle
playwriting competition and the Eudora Welty New Play Series.
Born in Memphis,
Tennessee, Ronn Crowder is from a musical
family. His grandfather JB Maxcy was the first man to play
harmonica live on the radio. -Atlanta Journal, Sept 22, 1923.
Ronn did session work in Memphis at Sun Recording Studios,
American Studios, Ardent Studios, Sounds of Memphis, and
Performed on stage and/or recordings with Furry Lewis, Leo LeBlanc, The
Hombres, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bonnie Bramlett, Lindy Hearne, The Amazing
Rhythm Aces. Played with Don McNatt, the Smplzat Band. Served as
opening act for Rick Springfield, Pure Prairie League, Styx, Stephen
Bishop, and others.
Ronn presently performs his solo act at many venues in central
and is currently a member of two bands, Sons of the
Frigidaires, and RC and the NightShades, (with the late
five-time Emmy winner, master pianist, Jay Flippin) whose
latest album "Snakebit" includes 4 songs written by Crowder.
is a junior studying English: Creative Writing at the
University of Kansas. Eliza: A Generational
Journey is Crystal's first novel, but certainly not her last.
Eliza touches upon the inspirational story of Eliza
Bradshaw, Crystal's x5 great grandmother, who was enslaved in
Kentucky during the 1800's. Since the novel's publication,
Crystal has been invited to numerous excerpt readings, her most
recent one being for the NAACP. Her life long goal is to
eventually establish her own publishing company and help
publish other writers’ works on a global level. Through this,
she hopes to one day travel the world, spreading the importance
of reading and writing one’s story. Education has always been
of great value in the Bradshaw family. But to Crystal, one’s
education is worth nothing if it is not passed
on to the next generation. Also, stay updated with Crystal’s
other literary works and publications by checking out her
Facebook page at
If you would like to contact Crystal, please email all
Coulter’s interest in music began at a very early age. He was
probably four years old when he got his first guitar. He
remembers his dad casually sitting around the house with his
guitar, singing songs that were recorded by Country Music
Legends like Merle Haggard & George Jones. At the age of 15
Jason joined a country/southern rock band playing the bass
guitar. His band performed in local clubs playing everything
from Bob Seger to Keith Whitley. It was during this time that
Jason was able to work on timing and chord progression to
different types of beats that would help him in the development
of his "ear for music".
In 1996 he married Heather Wilcher Coulter of McKinney, KY and
they have three wonderful children. Spencer is 18, Gentry is
13, and Jaden is 7, and they are very proud of all of them and
the accomplishments they've made thus far in their own personal
lives. Jason currently works full time in the funeral industry
and he is employed at Spurlin Funeral Home, Stanford. Jason is
very excited to announce a brand new CD project entitled,
Generation Inspiration, which is now available for purchase
and/or download on all major digital download sites. This
compilation features two songs written by his father
(Mother Please Forgive Me & The Coulter Generation) as
well as a few other songs Jason grew up listening to his dad
play and sing! He very much appreciates the support of his
family, friends, and local community as well as all of the
Radio DJ’s worldwide that are spinning his songs! For booking
and other information on Jason’s music please visit his website
Pendleton has worked in in the news industry in one
facet or another for more than two decades! He began his career
at Danville's WHIR radio in 1992 then worked for stations in
London (WFTG), Stanford (WRSL) and Lexington (WVLK.) He's also
worked for The Advocate-Messenger newspaper for several months
in 2003 but you probably will recognize him most for his work
at the Lexington, Ky. CBS News affiliate at WKYT. "I've worked
for all three mediums: print, radio and television, but I must
say that I enjoy working in television the most," says
Phil. Phil's position with WKYT carries one of the more unique
job descriptions. He is a "one man band" or what is more
commonly referred to now as a "multi-media journalist." "I
still have people come up to me now, even after nearly 13 years
of doing the camera, reporting, and editing all by myself, and
they say, 'hey, can't they afford to get you your own camera
man!' Or they will say, 'You mean, they
haven't promoted you to having your camera guy yet?'" Phil
will tell you, though, that he enjoys traversing southern and
south-central Kentucky and covering stories of every-day
Kentuckians along with highlighting the various news of the day
events, even if he does have to do all the work alone. He's
also been able to travel outside of Kentucky in covering
Kentuckians helping disaster victims in Mississippi, Alabama,
Missouri, and Oklahoma and was able to cover excited UK fans in
the Final Four and SEC tournament. Recently, Phil has taken on
a new passion in writing books. His first book, "One Man Band"
is an autobiography. That was followed in 2014 with "Television
Revelation" and last year with his first work of fiction, "The
Answer." All three were self-published. When he's not busing
covering the news or writing, Phil enjoys spending time with
his family. His wife of nearly 22 years, Allissa,
has been a longtime elementary school teacher in Stanford and
they have three children, Hannah, 16, Connor, 13, and Keaton,
has played and performed music most all his life.
Beginning with the accordion at age 6, he now plays guitar, banjo,
mandolin, fiddle, piano, sax, bass, drums, flute and harmonica ...
and has played / jammed with many of the "greats".
On a musical sojourn for 10 years, DINO MUSSO traveled the United
States in a motor home, along with his dogs, and played at every
vacation spot and place that offered respite. Having come to
Kentucky recently, drawn here by the state's beauty in all it's
seasons, and even more with the Kentucky people, DINO has planted
roots and found his home. According to Dino ... "They'll
carry me out feet first".
M. Vest is the editor, publisher and founder of
Kentucky Monthly Magazine,
which won the Governor Award in the Arts (Media) in 2005. Vest,
along with long-time journalist Michael Embry, founded
Kentucky Monthly in 1998 and
today it has a circulation of more than 40,000 with readers in
every state. He is the author of
Unexpected Inheritance (Butler
Books, 2014), two collections of his columns and the publisher
of the 2012 anthology
Kentucky’s Twelve Days of Christmas.
A native Kentuckian, Vest holds
degrees from the University of Louisville (1986) and Murray
State University (MFA in Creative Nonfiction, 2011). His work
has appeared in literary journals such as
Journal of Kentucky Studies,
The Single Hound (and others).
He has been anthologized in
Woods and Waters: An Outdoor Reader.
He was a contributor to
Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky.
He is also the editor of
National Society Sons of the American Revolution’s Quarterly.
Vest was the news editor of
Blood-Horse, an international
Thoroughbred racing magazine. He spent more than a dozen years
in newspapers, mostly in sports, including award-winning stints
Frankfort State Journal,
Recorder Newspapers of Northern Kentucky
McLean County News.
Vest and his wife, Kay, reside in
Frankfort with the youngest of their four delightful children.
Gaddis resides in Louisville, Kentucky. USMC
veteran. Sam began writing songs in the 1970's and has
been writing and singing them ever since. He has his own
unique style of telling a story with his songs and music.
One of Sam's sayings may best describe his music ... " I ain't
your daddy's Chevy." You can hear him on Reverbnation and
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
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
Formed out of the vision of two independent songwriters,
The Girls Say Hi, Although being relatively
new to some folks,
have been on the scene approximately 2 1/2 years. As singer
song writers they can be found performing around the area at
various venues bringing their
variety of tasty originals that are flavored with styles
of balled, country, folk, rock ,blues and even some humor.
In normal show circumstances they will blend their
originals with about 50% of cover tunes that were big hits but
have since become cloudy in the minds of a lot of people. That
is of course until they hear these particular selections and
say "wow! I forgot all about that song. It was huge on the
charts back in tha day" Or they may say something like, "How
come most bands play the same old stuff anymore. How come you
rarely hear these songs?" It becomes apparently refreshing to
hear good songs you either forgot about or when looking for new
material. Composed of Rennie Neubecker, Larry Williams & Jeff
Jones, "The Girls Say Hi" will often bring other artists into
the group to either round out and enhance a particular set list
or just to change things up and have a bit of fun. " The Girls
Say Hi" Can also be seen at various Singer/Songwriter events
performing their originals in an "originals only" type of
Front man Rennie Neubecker (host), with Larry Willams managing
the stage along with Jeff Jones backing other musicians,the
award winning, wildly (and widely) Popular "LexJam" held the
second Saturday of each month, is
the regions Longest running and Biggest open mic
and talent showcase. The event is 'always' the second Saturday
of the month and look for the event pages to be posted about
5-7 days ahead of the event.
Anyway you choose to dice it (or them), "The Girls Say
Hi" can be found performing many places and each and every one,
a fun and memorable experience. Look for our you tube channel
and new record soon.
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
C. A. Shelley
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 "Firefighter
Brothers". During the filming Shelley became so inspired
that he began to write.
A Collection of Poems,
Thoughts & Short Stories about his beloved Fire Department.
Second: Wake Up, America;
it’s Your Conscience Calling, thirty poems honoring the
struggles that our military and their families are enduring every
moment. Third: His current book
A Spiritual Awakening,
forty-nine poems of Inspiration & Hope.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, so look for me; I'm coming to you
down God's highway."
C. A. Shelley and his wife Rita
reside at Lake Herrington, Mercer County, Kentucky.
is a high energy southern rock, country & classic rock and
hardworking band. The band is based out of central
numerous great venues around KY, OH, IN and Nashville, TN, the
band members have been playing and entrenched in the music
business for many years. Each member of this band has played
with some of the big name stars in country music at some point
in their music career. Soulful vocals, accomplished
musicianship and the very best harmonies make STILLWATER one of
the best cover bands in central Kentucky. Stillwater prides
itself in supplying honesty in the music and in their
conquering energy that will make you move!
The band members are:
Lisa Allen (vocals & rhythm); Steve Dooley (lead guitar &
vocals); Terry Ross (bass guitar & vocals); Randy Burchfield
(drums & vocals); and Paul Bernstein (Keyboard).
Morrison,born March 20,
in Red River Gorge, Kentucky, is an American country music
singer-songwriter. This multi-talented artist is largely
identified with the country rock/Americana
genre(s) of music, and is best known
for his 1970's cult-classic "Snakey
Hollow Stud"; a song released on the RCM Records label which
charted on the Independent Country Music Charts at number one.
Based on this initial
success, Morrison received a 1971 first round nomination
for Country Male Vocalist of the Year. In the
interveining years, several other
of Morrison's releases have entered into a top five chart
position, with "There Ain't No
Country" being the only other of his songs to reach number one.
The offer to record his music on his own
terms for a Nashville-based label lead Morrison back to
recording and performing in 2007. Given the opportunity, he
took a bare bones approach to recording the highly acclaimed
roots music album; "A Cold Wild Wind". That year saw him
touring solo throughout the central and southeastern United
States in support of the album release. In 2009, Morrison
recorded outstanding cover versions of "Folsom Prison Blues"
and "Good Hearted Woman" in preparation for headlining and
promoting the 2010 Walk the Line-Good Hearted Woman Tour. In
April 2012, Morrison returned to the studio to record more
original material. Backed by bassist Paul Martin, better known
as "The Apostle", the Americana
Music Association 2006 Instrumentalist of the Year, Kenny
Vaughn and dobro virtuoso Matt
DeSpain. The Barry Morrison
discography chronicles the very powerful musical output of a
consummate singer-songwriter. The lyrics from one of his songs
proclaims, "I'm a hundred miles of bad road, I'm a bridge
washed out". Luckily, he found the way around it all.
Robby Henson received
his M.F.A. from New York
University’s graduate film school, his thesis film won
the Student Academy
Award. His films have been seen on PBS, the BBC, at
Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art, the Georges Pompidou
Center in Paris and at film festivals in Canada, Ireland,
France, Yugoslavia, Australia and Poland. He has
directed over 30 theater productions and has made 5 award
winning documentaries shown on PBS including SPALDING GRAY:
A LIFE IN PROGRESS and TROUBLE BEHIND a film
about a Southern race riot that was shown at the Sundance
Film Festival. Robby’s dramatic first feature
PHARAOH’S ARMY with Academy Award winner Chris
Cooper, Academy Nominee Patricia
Clarkson and music legend Kris
Kristofferson was released theatrically by Lions Gate Films
and was shown on PBS. He collaborated with Academy Award
winner Norman Jewison on a screenplay for Sony Pictures and Michael
Medavoy. In 2002 he wrote and directed THE BADGE,
a southern crime drama starring Billy
Bob Thornton, Patricia
Hayden Church and Sela
Ward for Starz Pictures and Lions Gate Films that was
nominated for a GLAAD Media Award (Gay and Lesbian Alliance) and won Best
Drama at the Breckinridge Film Festival and Best
Feature Film at the Texas Film Festival. In 2005 he
directed THE VISITATION, a supernatural thriller
released by 20th Century Fox that starred Edward
Furlong, Kelly Lynch, Martin Donovan and Randy
Travis. His 5th dramatic feature film HOUSE
was filmed in Poland and was released in 2008 by Lions Gate
Films. He recently contributed footage to Steven
Soderbergh’s documentary AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE
and most recently was commissioned to write and direct a
science fiction web movie ASPARAGUS for the
Independent Television Service and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting which premiered at the South
by Southwest Film Festival and on the innovative PBS web
McBrearty, writer of "griterary" fiction, is a
graduate of San Diego State University, a former community
college instructor who taught Political Science and Sociology,
and is finishing a certificate in Veteran Studies as a Donovan
Scholar at Eastern Kentucky University. Her
fiction/non-fiction has been published in a slew of print and
on-line journals including Cigale Literary Magazine,
100 Doors to Madness Anthology, Mad Swirl and The
Moon, and her poetry has been accepted by Van Gogh's
Ear and Page & Spine. Her photographs have appeared in
Foliate Oak Literary Journal and Off the Coast
Magazine among others. Her novel, Raphael Recloak,
was serialized by Juke Pop. Her novel, The 9th
Circle was published by Barbarian Books. She now
resides in Kentucky, writes full time, and spends her free time
pretending she's a princess, or, on cloudy days, Norma Desmond.
A fan of the Royals, her Queen Elizabeth plate collection is
John E. Moss
is a Widower and photographer/writer living in Jamestown, Kentucky with a small black and tan dog named
Gretchen. He currently has a photographic exhibit at the main
branch of the Russell County Public Library, and is said to be,
by those who follow his work, the best nine-fingered
photographer in Russell County. Mr. Moss has self-published
seven photography books and one book of poems called,
Branches Of Thought, A Collection of Original Verse 2009.
A copy of each of his self-published books reside in the
Russell County Library. Self-published books:
Guy, A Photographic Study of An Old Guy, Russell County
Kentucky, A Photographic Study Of Russell County Kentucky,
Common Stuff, From The Camera Of John E. Moss, The Burg, A
Visual Experience Of Fredericksburg Virginia, Sleeping
Jamestown, From The Camera Of John E. Moss, Branches Of
Thought, A Collection of Original Verse 2009.
A. Nelson has a
Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Eastern Kentucky
University, where he serves on the advisory boards of both the
Department of Mass Communications and the Eastern Progress,
the student newspaper. In January 2006 John received the Russ Metz
Most Valuable Member Award from the Kentucky Press Association's
outgoing president. He was also recipient of the Bingham
Freedom of Information Award from the KPA in coordination with The
Courier Journal in Louisville. Nelson was 2006 president of
the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Elizabeth Madox Roberts
Society will be part of
in conjunction with their conference at St. Catherine College in
Lisa R. Kindel
started writing as soon as she could hold
crayon and published her first piece in 1981 entitled "Me" in
the Danville Advocate Messenger, thanks to journalist, Judy
Sieweke. Since then, Kindel's written and published in Kentucky
Monthly, TagMag, US News and World Report, along with several
other websites. She chose haiku as her medium of expression
after studying in Japan and it didn't take as much time as
iambic pentameter. When she's not writing haiku, she's posting
smart ass remarks on social media, reading something
interesting, doing taxes and rescuing cats.
You can follow her as LRKindel on
facebook, instagram and twitter.
Curd is the A&E editor for anville's newspaper, The
Advocate-Messenger. Almost 12 years ago, after the unexpected
death of her brother, she left a career in corporate recruiting
for an entry-level reporting job in order to have more time
with her family and do something more meaningful. Originally of
Lexington, now she lives in the "family compound" with her mom,
sister, nieces, dogs, cats and fish in Boyle County. She hopes
to win a few more Kentucky Press Association awards, but
considers the ability to give others a voice by telling their
stories as the biggest reward.
award-winning corporate editor and public relations specialist
with Ford Motor and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Companies,
has edited newsletters, newspapers and magazines in addition to
producing brochures, booklets and other promotion pieces for
public relations campaigns and fund-raising programs. He
is the author of several Civil War books, including
Plot, a Kentucky Civil War
both historical fiction books based on characters and events in
Draw concerns the Civil War
Battle of Richmond, Ky. A third Civil War offering is
a booklet and play about the Surrender at Appomattox. Scheduled
for publication later this year is
Assassin, a novel about
Kentucky Confederates, and
Babe, and other sidebars,
featuring color stories from the author’s years as a newspaper
reporter and magazine writer. One of the stories from the
latter book is “The Note” that won recent short story honors
from Kentucky Monthly
magazine. Ford has media experience as a reporter and editor
with weekly and daily newspapers and has written and produced
radio and television advertising and scripted and produced film
and video promos and documentaries. An early member of the
Battle of Richmond Association, the Berea, KY, native has
served as president and a director of that Civil War
organization. He also is a member of the Kentucky
Civil War Sites Association, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce,
and the Society of Professional Journalists; he is editor of
Kentucky Civil War Bugle,
an on-line publication. The University of Kentucky journalism
graduate operates his own public relations firm in Richmond,
KY, and has served as public relations director for Berea
College and as a staff writer for
Lane Report business magazine.
native of the Forkland area of Boyle County, Kentucky, Steve
Shepperson serves on the Forkland Community
Center's Board of directors. An organic farmer,
when not working on the farm he enjoys hunting, fishing and ...
playing the Blues. He will be playing blues;
lead guitar, with
BIG BOSS BAND
during the 2016 Songwriters Tribute Showcase.
Cain has been involved in music professionally for
over 30 years. He has been a member of several Central
Kentucky bands, namely 12 years with LITTLE SOUTH band, and may
be best known for his years with the MIGHTY BLUES DRAGON. Jeff
is owner of MAIN STREET MUSIC, Lancaster, Kentucky. Originally
from Louisville, he now resides in Stanford, Kentucky.
Jeff and John Waters will be joined by Joe Austin
Caldwell of Danville, Kentucky.
King, a native of the Parksville area, is a former
teacher at the Kentucky School for the Deaf. She now
spends her time writing plays, articles for several web sites
and her church bulletin. She had complete two years of
on-line study in writing and holds a diploma in writing for
children and teenagers from the Institute of Children's
Literature, West Redding, Connecticut.
Waters is the
consummate harmonica player. He has been a member of several
noted bands, including Central Kentucky's MIGHTY BLUES DRAGON.
Virginia born Waters, now
calls Danville, Kentucky home.
bassist, has been in and around music his entire life. His
father was a singer/songwriter and his siblings are also
musicians. His primary instrument is the bass guitar, but he is
also a vocalist and plays piano, drums and guitar as well. He
has a degree in Music Engineering and Marketing. He has toured
Tony Royster Jr.,
who is the
drummer for Jay-Z
and has also played with numerous
Gospel and R&B legends
of the music industry. Wayne is a vocal coach and has worked
who is currently on tour
Wayne has played with the
Back Street band and the Paul Childers
both from Kentucky. Played at B.B. King’s and 12th and
Porter in Nashville, TN, Ham Days, the Bourbon Festival, The
Outhouse Blowout and numerous KWD Festivals. He is the
founding member of the smooth jazz band, The Wayne James
Xperience. Pollock now resides in Palm Bay, Florida.
will take the stage at the
2016 Songwriters Tribute
with Dawn Osborn and
BIG BOSS BAND.
in a musical family, Fred Edwards grew up
listening to his Father playing a weekly radio show, Renfro
Valley and numerous other venues across the Southeastern United
States. His grandfather was a banjo player and had two award
winning fiddle playing uncles. Fred played in a rock and
roll band in high school and toured for 7 years with KY New
Grass Bluegrass Band, playing Opry Land Hotel, Renfro Valley
and Bluegrass festivals across the country.
His recent musical endeavors have been playing harmonica and
rhythm guitar backing Dawn Osborn and guitar and baritone
ukulele for songwriter Trena Douglas.
will be playing at the 2016 Songwriters Tribute Showcase with *
BIG BOSS BAND
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. Carolyn
is also the web master for the Penn's Store web site.
Site of the 2016
Kentucky Writers Celebrations
April 23, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Boyle County Public Library
Broadway, Danville, Kentucky
24, 11 noon - 6:00pm
Gravel Switch, Kentucky
Site of the
2016 Kentucky "Songwriters Tribute Showcase"
5:00pm - 11:00pm
Brothers BBQ and Brewing Company
South Fourth Street
April 22, 3:00pm -8:00pm
Brothers BBQ and Brewing
464 South Fourth Street
April 23, 12:00 noon -8:00pm
Brothers BBQ and Brewing
464 South Fourth Street
View the 2015 Kentucky
Writers Day Performers list here.
For more information contact Jeanne Penn Lane at
Store (859) 332-7706 or (859) 332-7715, or
It is best to call ahead to check times and
257 Penn's Store Road
Gravel Switch, Kentucky 40328
859-332-7715 or 859-332-7706
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