Tooele County Fair: Kentucky Headhunters photo

Tooele County Fair: Kentucky Headhunters

Catch a night of country rock when the Kentucky Headhunters and guests Rick Trevino and Jagertown perform live at the Tooele County Fair August 1st!

Date: 2014-08-01
Time: 6:00 PM
Ticket Price: $10

Special Information: On Sale: July 5 @ 10am.

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About This Person/Group

The Kentucky Headhunters created a hybrid of honky tonk, blues, and Southern rock that appealed to fans of both rock and country music. The origins of The Kentucky Headhunters lie in 1968, when Fred and Richard Young began playing together with their cousins Greg Martin and Anthony Kenney at the Youngs' grandmother's house. Mark Orr also later joined them. The first incarnation of the band was called the Itchy Brothers, and the group played together informally for over a decade. After about 13 years, the bandmembers began launching separate careers: Richard Young went off to write songs for Acuff-Rose, while Fred Young began touring with country beauty Sylvia. Martin became a member of Ronnie McDowell's band, while Kenney dropped out of music. In 1985, Martin decided to reassemble the Itchy Brothers. When Kenney declined to rejoin the group, Martin remembered Doug Phelps, whom he had met while on tour with McDowell. Phelps joined the new project, which was named The Kentucky Headhunters. Besides Martin and Phelps, the band also included the Young brothers and Doug's brother Ricky Lee Phelps.

The Headhunters started playing twice monthly on the Chitlin' Show, a radio program on WLOC Munfordville, Kentucky. From these 90-minute performances, The Headhunters built up a following. They sent an eight-song demo to Mercury, and soon after, the label signed the group. The original demo tape was remixed, and became the basis of the band's first album, 1989's Pickin' On Nashville, which received overwhelmingly positive reviews upon its release and quickly became a hit. "Dumas Walker" reached number 15 in the spring of 1990, followed by the group's biggest hit, the number six "Oh, Lonesome Me." In 1991, The Headhunters released their second effort, Electric Barnyard. The album received mixed reviews, couldn't muster a single, and sold weakly. In summer 1992, the Phelps brothers left the group to form Brothers Phelps, a more traditional country group. The remaining Headhunters brought ex-Itchy Brothers Anthony Kenney and Mark Orr to the group, and the rehashed lineup released Rave On! in 1993. The album marked a progression toward bluesy Southern rock, which came to fruition with That'll Work later that same year. In 1996, Doug returned on lead vocals, and a year later, the band issued Stompin' Grounds. Songs From the Grass String Ranch followed in 2000, and Soul appeared in spring 2003. Big Boss Man was released in 2005 and Flying Under the Radar in 2006, both from CBUJ Entertainment. Dixie Lullabies, the group's 12th album, and their first studio recording of new original material since 2003, appeared from Red Dirt Records in 2011. - All Music Guide

Venue Details

2930 West Highway 112
Tooele, UT 84074

Follow Interstate 80 WEST out of Salt Lake City. Take Exit 99 and follow it south on Highway 36. Large red signs will direct you towards the complex. Turn right at the exit to Grantsville (HWY 138) to Sheep Lane. Take a left at Sheep Lane and follow it until you see the complex on your right at 2930 West Highway 112.

Alternate: Take Exit 88 (Grantsville) off I-80 and go south to HWY 138 (Main Street). Turn EAST on HWY 138,go EAST to Sheep Lane and turn right. Follow Sheep Lane, until you see the complex on your right.

Other alternate: When going EAST on HWY 138 before Sheep Lane is HWY 112, turn right. Follow HWY 112 until you see the complex on your Left.

Parking onsite at Deseret Peak Complex.

Deseret Peak Complex: (435) 843-4020 .

Normal hours of 10:00am to 9:00pm.
The Box Office is in the booth located at the Complex main entrance.

Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover and Check.

Tickets can be picked up onsite up to 1 hour before doors open for show.

For most shows and rodeo, children age 4 and under may enter free. Please check with each individual event for specific details.

Concessions available for most events include snacks, sodas, and beer.