Local Veteran and Country Music artist Donnie Isaacs and "Hurricane" Jim Whitaker stopped in for an interview and to play some tunes for us during Bluegrass Breakout including the song "Duffle Bag" co-written with fellow Veteran and Estill Country native, L.G. Richardson. Donnie was recently added to this year's SOLD OUT Kickin' It On The Creek Festival and we can't wait to see him perform again live!
Find more about Donnie here >>>>www.donnieisaacs.com/
Find more about Hurricane Jim >>>>www.facebook.com/Hurrah-kane-Jim-A-and-E-1038012209684505/
And catch the interview below:
Canadian Country Artists Blake Berglund and Belle Plaine are not strangers to Pickup Country. We've been fans for quite a while and it was such an honor that they made time to sit down with us in the studio during Bluegrass Breakout to talk about their music, their love and support for one another and for the rising new wave of country and folk music.
You can hear Blake and Belle's songs recorded live at KIOTC 2018 during Saturday night's "Kickin' It" show and their album cuts during Pickup Country Mornings, Truckin' It Home in the afternoons and on Friday Night Backroads.
Find out more about Blake here >>>>blakeberglund.com/
And on Facebook >>>www.facebook.com/blakeberglund/
Find out more about Belle here >>>>belleplainemusic.com/
And on Facebook >>>>>www.facebook.com/belleplainemusic/
Catch the interview below:
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet • District 10
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: H. B. Elkins
Maple Street portion of KY 2026 in Stanton to be resurfaced
JACKSON, KY (Friday, July 26, 2019) – As part of Gov. Matt Bevin’s commitment to prioritize transportation infrastructure projects and increase economic opportunity across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has awarded $300,000 for resurfacing work on KY 2026 (Maple Street in Stanton). Resurfacing repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes, rutting, crumbling shoulders, and base failures.
“The Bevin Administration continues to focus on taking care of what we have at both the state and local level to address critical infrastructure needs that improve safety and support job creation and retention,” said KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas. “This funding builds upon existing transportation investments and allows the Cabinet to collaborate with local governments to identify projects that will have large impacts to communities.”
Powell County Judge-Executive James Anderson noted that despite being a state route, Maple Street is one that his office frequently hears concerns about.
“I am very happy to see Maple Street get some much-needed attention,” said Judge-Executive Anderson.
Sen. Albert Robinson noted that Powell County residents stand to benefit from this project.
“Through increased safety and roadway improvements, these resurfacing projects are directly impacting Kentuckians,” said Sen. Robinson. “This discretionary funding supports high-quality infrastructure for Powell County and the Commonwealth.”
Projects submitted to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary funding were evaluated by the KYTC district staff to assess the condition of roads and determine the most critical needs based on factors such as safety, economic impact, and traffic volumes.
“It is a privilege to be able to be a part of securing funding for this much needed project,” said Rep. David Hale. “I would also like to thank Governor Bevin and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for making this possible.”
This roadway serves more than 60 residences, as well as businesses that generate a large amount of commercial traffic. The route also provides access to three Powell County schools and carries school bus traffic.
• Maple St. (KY 2026)— a distance of two miles
Today, we have received notification that our school district will receive a $4 Million U.S. Economic Development Administration Grant dedicated to the construction of the Estill County Area Technology Center. The Estill County Board of Education and the entire Engineer Family wants to thank the following individuals for their steadfast support of this project and their efforts during the EDA Grant Application process.
First of all, I have to thank Teresa Dawes and Charlotte O’Bryan for leading this grant process from the very beginning. These two ladies deserve all of the credit in the world for their dedication to this process and they should be commended for their efforts. Both of them would also tell you that they had a lot of help along the way and we want to recognize some of them at this time.
After a quick review by EDA Staff, this project will go to bid during August and construction is slated to begin September 15th of 2019. We anticipate a sixteen month construction schedule and we hope to open the facility during the Spring semester of 2021.
The Moment we’ve been waiting for is finally here! This community has talked about this facility for a number of years and this dream is now becoming a reality. What a great time to be an Engineer!
Jeff Saylor, Superintendent
Estill County Schools
Jim and Victoria Guthrie are no ordinary fans of independent artists. This couple from Kansas City, Missouri are SUPER FANS who open their home and hearth to traveling road dog musicians, all in an effort to help those artists make their living. Jim and Victoria recently visited the area for the Festival of the Red and it was such a joy to have them stop by and share how they began the Honky Tonk Hotel and how their efforts are helping to grow their local music scene.
You can find more about Honky Tonk Hotel here >>>www.facebook.com/honkytonkhotel/
Hear their interview:
The Local Honeys are fan favorites in Pickup Country. These ladies have been touring the world and sharing their traditional Appalachian sounds and songs and they have recorded an all Gospel album soon to be released. The Honeys hosted a pre-order party in the Spring at Meadowgreen Appalachian Music Hall and had the audience join in for one of the recordings.
We are anxiously awaiting the release of "The Local Honeys sing The Gospel." Available August 2019 🙏🙏Pre-Order available at www.thelocalhoneys.com
Find them on Facebook >>>>www.facebook.com/TheLocalHoneys/
John Looney and Anna Kline, also known as Grits and Soul were the featured artists of the Gateway Regional Arts Center's Woodsongs Coffee House Hour in the month of May. They put on a stellar performance of their well known favorites as well as some new tunes. They also shared their background and how they came to be Grits and Soul. If you haven't heard them before, you are in for a real treat. Looney, with has mad mandolin and guitar skills coupled with Anna's rich vocals makes for a delightful and energy-filled listening experience. Do yourself a favor and grab tickets to their next show.
Find Grits and Soul on their website >>>>gritsandsoul.com/
On Facebook >>> www.facebook.com/gritsandsoul/
You can check out the full performance below:
The Buffalo Wabs and The Price Hill Hustle are no strangers to Irvine, Kentucky or the Steam Engine Session Room for that matter. In fact, The Wabs have been playing the Session Room and local festival Kickin It On The Creek for several years and have built a great following of fans from the area. It was no surprise when the initial show for May 2019 was announced and tickets went on sale, the event was sold out within minutes. This prompted Steam Engine to add an additional night which, of course, sold out in minutes.
On night one, Kevin Dalton and the Tuesday Blooms was the opening act and on night two the opener was Tim Lancaster.
Both nights the Wabs brought their musical magic and energy to a packed standing room. And the double dose of Wabs has us hoping they'll return soon for another great night of high impact hustle!
If you have not seen this band perform in person, you owe it to yourself to catch their show! Of course, you can hear their music on Pickup Country and as always, we recommend you purchase their music.
The Wabs Official Website here www.pricehillhustle.com/home
Find them on Facebook here www.facebook.com/pricehillhustle/
Facebook Fan Page here www.facebook.com/groups/buffalowabsfans/
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