Oldham County Day Entertainment

Local band ‘Longshot’
to entertain the crowd

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

(July 2009) – Interacting with the crowd and motivating others is what performing is all about to the members of Longshot. A positive reaction from the crowd is all it takes for them to kick into high gear with their country sound that’s appealing to all ages.
“The bigger the crowd, the better the time we have,” said band member Troy Woosley. And if the band has a good time, it’s sure to reflect in the atmosphere surrounding the audience.

Second Street Stage
• 9 a.m.-10 a.m.: Rock-N-Country
• 11 a.m.-noon: Phos Hilaron Band
• 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Detour
• 2-3 p.m.: Kentucky Gold Cloggers
• 3:30-5 p.m.: The Rezzurrectors / Exit Up / Jim Needler / Brother Dave Sapp

East Lawn Stage
• 8-10 a.m.: Whiskey Tango
• 11 a.m.-noon: Adorations
• 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Rhonda Rainwater
• 2:30-4 p.m.: Longshot

East Courthouse Lawn
• 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Oldham County Community Band
Oldham County History Center
• 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Living Statutes
• Information: Project Guild Booth at Gazebo

Longshot has officially been together now for a year as a five-member band, but several founding members have known one another for years. Drummer Joe Conner, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Robert Truman, and vocalist Kristie Woosley have been singing together for the last 10 years.
They are joined onstage by lead guitarist John Drurry and bassist Neil Perry. Longshot performs a lot of old country tunes by Johnny Cash, George Jones and George Straight, as well as new country, old southern rock and duets. Woosley, who is married to lead female vocalist Kristie Woosley, runs the sound equipment for the band. The couple are Oldham County natives.
“We have a very versatile sound,” said Woosley. “We try to stay as family oriented as we can.” The band will perform from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the East Lawn Stage.
The band, which is already booked for weekends through August, plays many private parties, weddings, holiday celebrations, clubs, festivals and benefits in the local area including Carroll and Henry counties. Woosley said band members watch the crowd and if they see that the audience prefers a certain sound, they will move in that direction with their music. “We do this for the enjoyment of it,” said Woosley.
“Everyone in the band has something special about them that they bring to the performance,” said Woosley. A positive stage attitude and sense of camaraderie often motivates the crowd.
Longshot is working on writing its own songs and have made a demo CD, which was produced in a Nashville, Tenn., studio by Jeff Jackson. Jackson has had songs recorded by Vince Gill.
This is the first time Longshot will perform at Oldham County Day. The Project Guild of La Grange, which organizes the yearly Oldham County Day, relies on local bands and performers like Longshot to head up their entertainment line-up each year. This will be the 39th year for the event, which kicks off a week before the actual day with a variety of events leading up to Oldham County Day.
Several athletic challenges will be held throughout the week.

• On July 11-12 the Oldham County Golf Championship will take place at Eagle Creek Golf Course.
• On Friday, July 17, the annual 1M and 5K Races coordinated by the YMCA of Oldham County will begin at 7:15 p.m. (1M) and at 7:30 (5K) at Covenant Methodist Church. Registration for these races is $20 by July 13 or $25 after July 13.

• A Grand Marshal’s Luncheon will be held at noon on July 14 at the John Black Community Center in Buckner to honor this year’s Grand Marshal, Brad Clifford. Tickets are $12 per person.

• Oldham County Day wouldn’t be complete without the annual “Dancing in the Street” performance the night before the big day. The Vinyl Kings will take the stage from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by Bobby and Diane Bramlett from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

• Oldham County Day kicks off bright and early with the La Grange Rotary Club’s “All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast” served from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the La Grange Community Center. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children age 12 and under.

• After filling up on pancakes, attendees can watch the parade, which begins at 10 a.m. at Fifth and Jefferson streets. The parade will travel through downtown La Grange, led by Clifford.
Throughout the day there will be ongoing activities at the following locations:

• La Grange Christian Church will feature a Children’s Carnival and the Louisville Bat’s “Buddy Bat” will be signing autographs from noon to 1 p.m.;

• DeHaven Baptist Church will sponsor an Open House where Oldham County Day-goers can come in to rest and relax amidst cool air and water will be provided;

• DeHaven will also sponsor Family Games on the Courthouse Lawn from noon until 2:30 p.m.;

• A Football Auction will take place from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at the Garden Party Porch, where John Manning and Band will perform from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The lineup for performers on the East Lawn Stage includes Whiskey Tango, Adorations, Rhonda Rainwater and Longshot. The Second Street Gazebo will feature Rock ‘n Country, Phos Hilaron Band, Detour, Kentucky Gold Cloggers, The Rezzurrectors/Exit Up, and Jim Needler/Brother Dave Sapp. The American Pride Cloggers will perform on the Courthouse steps from noon to 12:30 p.m., and Living Statues will stage a presentation from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Oldham County History Center grounds.
The Oldham County Community Band will perform from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Courthouse Lawn.

• For information on the County Golf Championship contact Tim Curtis at (502) 225-0655. To purchase tickets for the Grand Marshal’s Luncheon contact Victoria Motyka at (502) 225-1517, Ann Brown at (502) 222-0023 or purchase at Blooms on First Street in La Grange. For more information on the Annual 1M and 5K Races, contact Peggy Kilgore at (502) 222-9358 or ymcalouisville.org.
All Parade participants must pre register and can do so by contacting Doreen Goodwin at (502) 9898 or dsgoodwinlaw@insightbb.com.

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