in the Park Series
Blue, Kevin Stonerock
to play at Butler-Turpin House
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (July 2003) Kentucky Blue may be
best known locally for their Al Purnell sausage jingle, Its
Goooood. Purnells! While such lyrics catch an audiences
attention, its the serious musical talent that follows that holds
This bluegrass band will be the first of two featured July performances
scheduled for Carrolltons free Music in the Park series, held
on the lawn of the Butler-Turpin Historic House at Gen. Butler State
Resort Park. Kentucky Blue will take the stage at 6 p.m. on July 12.
Kevin Stonerock will bring his blend of eclectic folksy, country, blues
style to town at 7 p.m. on July 26.
Kentucky Blue has performed for more than two decades, with only minor
band member changes. Their current lineup includes banjo player Dave
Cottrell, upright bass fiddle player Laurie Cottrell, fiddler Marty
Harley, acoustic guitarist Dave Cosson, and mandolin player Ron Mobley.
by Don Ward
State Historic Site.
Not only do they bring the sounds of traditional bluegrass
alive, but they capture an audiences attention with their blend
of music, magic and comedy. This band is all about having fun with what
they love to do best: play music.
They were the only bluegrass band to perform last year in Bitburg, Germany,
at Europes largest folk music festival. Twenty-eight countries
were represented at the European Folklore Festival on July 12-15.
Overseas interest in bluegrass music is high, and Kentucky Blue is familiar
with the international scene. Ten years ago they performed in Japan,
where audiences were crazy about the bluegrass genre, said Cottrell.
Cottrells wife, Laurie, said bluegrass music is fun. I like
to see people smile and have fun. And the music is part of our heritage.
Stonerock, meanwhile, may be familiar to Carrollton audiences due to
his past involvement in The Point In Time outdoor drama
at Point Park, which he researched and wrote.
In addition to singing, he is also a living history presenter. Stonerock
puts on 135 shows a year showcasing three original characters. He has
also authored text for the Indiana State Museums Civil War Exhibit.
This singer-songwriter from Henry County, Ind., described his music
as folk with a pop and country flavor. He sings and plays
acoustic guitar. Although he has always liked history, Stonerock said.
Music is my first love.
Some of his musical influences have been Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young,
the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Poco and Dan Fogelberg.
Stonerock has released three solo recordings with Bottom Dollar, a band
that also provided music for The Point In Time series. When
not performing musically or as a re-enactor, Stonerock runs his own
business, Songwriters Demo Service. It is a demo studio for songwriters
in the United States and other countries. He provides custom production
work to enhance other artists work.
For more information on the music series, call the tourism office
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