The Kentucky Headhunters to tour UK for the first time

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Richard Young, frontman of The Kentucky Headhunters has a fear of flying, but this time, that won’t be stopping him. Although the Headhunters perform nearly 100 dates per year across the US & Canada, their conventional way of getting to and from has always been their tour bus. Hundreds of thousands of miles have passed underneath those wheels since the late ’80s. Richard Young preferred them planted firmly on the ground.

Young says:

I’m terrified to fly but I’m not going to pass up the opportunity to go to Europe and perform with some of the greatest rock bands in history.

The UK tour racks up as follows:

  • Wed 20th Jul – London, Borderline
  • Thu 21st Jul – Chester, The Live Rooms
  • Sat 23rd Jul – Pentrich Rock & Blues Custom Show
  • Sun 24th Jul – Maidstone, – Ramblin’ Man Fair, Mote Park
  • Mon 25th Jul – Bilston, The Robin 2
  • Tue 26th Jul – Kendal, Bootleggers Bar
  • Wed 27th Jul – Glasgow, O2 ABC2

Tickets are on sale now via and Ramblin’ Man Fair tickets are available at and the Rock & Blues Custom Show at

The Headhunters will perform their own set on the festivals’ main stages, but also hopes to jam with ‘kin-folk’, Black Stone Cherry at Ramblin’ Man Fair. Black Stone Cherry racked up rave reviews on their recent second headlining arena tour in the UK. The drummer of the band, John Fred Young, is Richard’s son and also the nephew of The Kentucky Headhunter’s drummer, Fred Young.

Richard comments:

It’s really gonna be cool for The Heads and BSC to play on the same stage in the UK. Both bands are two generations of family based out of the same town; Edmonton, Kentucky.

The Kentucky Headhunters are fresh off of the 2015 release of their new blues album, Meet Me In Bluesland, (released via Alligator Records), featuring the pianist Rolling Stone called “the greatest sideman in rock and roll” – Johnnie Johnson.  The album received rave reviews from US outlets like No Depression which writes:

Age has only improved this offering, rockin’ Appalachia-billy that’ll put a big ole grin on your face.

Blues Blast Magazine adds:

The beautiful piano work and synergy between Johnson and the Headhunters is something that should not be missed. It is a raucous and wonderful album.

The project was also named No. 12 on the list of the most-played albums of 2015 published by Living Blues Magazine. UK-based The Blues Magazine gave Meet Me In Bluesland a slot in the Top 50 essential rock and blues albums of the year.

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