Thursday, October 7, 2010
Rockin' in the Holler...................
Top photo- Lee Brice and fans,
Shane Thompson,left,and Drew Smith
Despite the cold Kentucky rain, the first annual Hoedown in the Holler was a huge success.
Rising Country star, Lee Brice headlined the inaugural event that took place at the Mandolin Farm on Saturday, October 2.
Lee sang for over 2 hours and wowed the audience with his top ten chart hit, "Love Like Crazy" and "She Ain't Right". Lee also visited with the Conlee family and even had a jam session in their garage.
Live performances by the Inside Out Band, and Bluegrass band Poacious took place earlier in the day.
Fleming County native, Shane Thompson, and Rendezvous opened for Lee and did not disappoint with their high energy performances.
When Lee Brice took the stage, he looked out into the audience and said, “All you little kids, now, ya'll come right on up front here". In seconds flat the front of the stage was a sea of with Lee's youngest fans.
Vicki Catron was among the hundreds of adult fans who waited in the cold rain to see Brice perform live.
“I had the best time I have ever had at a concert”, Catron said. “Lee Brice is number one in my book, he sure made you feel like he was singing directly to you.”
Out of town festival goers, Teresa Johnson and her friend Lisa McGuire, echoed Catron’s thoughts on Lee Brice and added, “We have had the best time ever here in the holler. This was truly a wonderful, well organized music festival. We loved Lee Brice and we also loved seeing and hearing Shane Thompson perform and getting to listen to Drew Smith sing for the first time. We will defiantly come back next year.”
Shane and lead singer with the Rendezvous band, Drew Smith, who was born and raised in Henderson, Tennessee, also captivated the hearts of their audience as well, and after the show both spent quite a bit of time signing autographs and greeting fans.
“I live for doing this. But it's the fans that make all of it worth it. It's their support that keeps us alive,” Drew Smith said.
Shane grew up listening to country music, wrote his first song at the tender age of nine, and knew that someday he would grow up to be an entertainer.
Today Shane lives in Nashville and is a songwriter as well as a musician. Shane says although he misses family and friends back home he loves living in Nashville and being able to work as a singer and songwriter.
“I would have to say the thing I love most about writing songs is the creativity, and being able to share a little of your self to the world in every song,” Shane said. “What I love most about Nashville is that it is a small- big city. In the music community just about everybody knows everybody, not much different than Flemingsburg, just bigger. What most people don't realize is that the music business is conducted in a small two- street area of 16th and 17th Avenue. So when you go to lunch or stop at a small grocery, you see the same faces and a lot of business is done just in passing someone at the lunch table.
Hoedown in the Holler was made possible by hometown native, Kimber Goodwin, owner of Blonde Marketing. Kimber is the daughter of Dexter and Donna Goodwin.
Kimber’s sister Jan as well as both her parents were on hand to assist with getting ready for the big event. Jan said she was very proud of the success her sister was able to achieve in order to bring such an event to her hometown.
“It was a great event, well-organized, ran smoothly, highly entertaining and overall FUN for all,”, Jan said, then went on to add, “Kimber worked very hard to bring this awesome event to Fleming County and she brought joy to all who attended and all involved! I think every single person there had a great time! Including Lee Brice!”
If you missed out on the fun and excitement of HoeDown In the Holler, plans are in the works for another country music festival next year.