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Music in the Park Series

Ky. Blue, Kevin Stonerock
to play at Butler-Turpin House

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CARROLLTON, Ky. (July 2003) – Kentucky Blue may be best known locally for their Al Purnell sausage jingle, “It’s Goooood. Purnell’s!” While such lyrics catch an audiences’ attention, it’s the serious musical talent that follows that holds onlookers spellbound.
This bluegrass band will be the first of two featured July performances scheduled for Carrollton’s free Music in the Park series, held on the lawn of the Butler-Turpin Historic House at Gen. Butler State Resort Park. Kentucky Blue will take the stage at 6 p.m. on July 12. Kevin Stonerock will bring his blend of eclectic folksy, country, blues style to town at 7 p.m. on July 26.
Kentucky Blue has performed for more than two decades, with only minor band member changes. Their current lineup includes banjo player Dave Cottrell, upright bass fiddle player Laurie Cottrell, fiddler Marty Harley, acoustic guitarist Dave Cosson, and mandolin player Ron Mobley.

Butler-Turpin House

Photo by Don Ward

Butler-Turpin State Historic Site.

Not only do they bring the sounds of traditional bluegrass alive, but they capture an audience’s attention with their blend of music, magic and comedy. This band is all about having fun with what they love to do best: play music.
They were the only bluegrass band to perform last year in Bitburg, Germany, at Europe’s largest folk music festival. Twenty-eight countries were represented at the European Folklore Festival on July 12-15.
Overseas interest in bluegrass music is high, and Kentucky Blue is familiar with the international scene. Ten years ago they performed in Japan, where audiences were crazy about the bluegrass genre, said Cottrell.
Cottrell’s wife, Laurie, said bluegrass music is fun. “I like to see people smile and have fun. And the music is part of our heritage.”
Stonerock, meanwhile, may be familiar to Carrollton audiences due to his past involvement in “The Point In Time” outdoor drama at Point Park, which he researched and wrote.
In addition to singing, he is also a living history presenter. Stonerock puts on 135 shows a year showcasing three original characters. He has also authored text for the Indiana State Museum’s Civil War Exhibit.
This singer-songwriter from Henry County, Ind., described his music as “folk with a pop and country flavor.” He sings and plays acoustic guitar. Although he has always liked history, Stonerock said. “Music is my first love.”
Some of his musical influences have been Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Poco and Dan Fogelberg.
Stonerock has released three solo recordings with Bottom Dollar, a band that also provided music for “The Point In Time” series. When not performing musically or as a re-enactor, Stonerock runs his own business, Songwriter’s Demo Service. It is a demo studio for songwriters in the United States and other countries. He provides custom production work to enhance other artists’ work.

• For more information on the music series, call the tourism office at 1-800-325-4290.

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