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Kentucky Headhunters: “Black Stone Cherry told us to put up or shut up”

Cult southern rockers Kentucky Headhunters are finally hitting the UK for a tour – and it’s all thanks Black Stone Cherry drummer John Fred

They’re not as famous as southern rock’s big guns Lynyrd Skynyrd, but the Kentucky Headhunters have built up a cult following over the 48-year-career. In recent years, their profile has skyrocketed thanks to their connection with band-of-the-moment Black Stone Cherry – Headhunters guitarist Richard Young and drummer Fred Young are the father and uncle of BSC’s windmill-armed drummer John Fred.

The Headhunters kick off their very first UK tour on July 8 – and they even play on the same bill as Black Stone Cherry at the Ramblin’ Man Fair on July 24. Richard Young explains why it’s taken them so bleedin’ long to get across the Atlantic…

Why has it taken the Headhunters more than twenty-five years to get here?

I’m terrified of flying. I haven’t been on a plane for thirty-seven years. We were coming to Europe in 1990 to support Dire Straits, until the Iraq War. I hate to admit, I was relieved. But my son John Fred [Black Stone Cherry drummer] insisted: “It’s time to put up or shut up.” When we were confirmed for Sweden Rock I broke out in hives.


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