Play ’Er Again

Concert series enters its
ninth season at Butler State Resort Park

Variety of performers,
winery enhance concerts

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CARROLLTON, Ky. (June 2010) – When J. Glenn takes the stage, the audience can expect a guy in a cowboy hat sitting behind a bass drum and playing a guitar while singing, “Not too loud, but not too soft either,” said the Pleasureville, Ky., native.
Glenn, 33, can “play anything I get my hands on.” He plays in a style derived from the late Hasil Adkins. “I strum and fingerpick the guitar and play a little slide, too. I also play the banjo on a few songs.”

Play ‘Er Again Concert Series
At Gen. Butler State Resort Park,
Carrollton, Ky.

• June 26: J. Glenn, One Man Band (folk, country, bluegrass)
• July 24: Pokey Lafarge & the South City Three (roots, country, blues)•n Aug. 14: Ian Noe (folk, rock)
• Sept. 18: Art Adams Band (folk, rock)
• Oct. 16: String Band (roots acoustic, bluegrass)
• Oct. 23: String Band (roots acoustic, bluegrass)

All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are free

He often performs solo, mostly playing gigs in the local area. Glenn plays original material, plus blues and folk selections from Charley Patton and Michael Hurley, among others.
He was recently asked to perform at the Play It Again Concert Series at Gen. Butler State Resort Park. With its eclectic lineup, this free concert series has become popular with locals as well as out-of-town guests.
On June 26, J. Glenn, One Man Band, will bring his mix of folk, country and bluegrass to the stage. Also performing will be Legba Bentonia. Glenn was the original drummer for My Morning Jacket but left the band in November 2000 to pursue a solo career.
When it comes to the musical selection, “We cater to all different age groups,” said Evelyn Welch, Historic Site Museum Manager for the Butler-Turpin State Historic House at General Butler. “I like to have a variety of music.”
The concerts are appealing to many because they are “intimate and informal. They’re not so big,” that visitors can’t socialize and experience a good, family musical program, said Welch.

J. Glenn

Photo provided

J. Glenn will bring his mix of folk,
country and bluegrass sounds to Gen.
Butler State Resort Park’s
summer concert series.

She never books performers that she hasn’t previously heard. “I like to promote artists waiting to make their mark,” Welch said. The concert series is entering its ninth season.
Kevin Stonerock kicked off the series on Saturday, May 29, with his blend of folk, roots country and rock. Stonerock is best known locally for writing the monologue for the “Point in Time” series, which was performed in Carrollton in the early 1990s. His latest release is “Land of a Thousand Smiles.”
Each concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Butler-Turpin State Historic House and lasts until approximately 9:30 p.m. Patrons are asked to bring their own chairs or quilts to sit on. Wines sold by River Valley Winery “add a nice touch,” said Welch.
Not all artists for the Play It Again concert series are local performers. Welch prefers to offer a wide range in musical tastes, referring to it as an “American roots concert series.”
She likes to “have a young band or performer in the mix,” (in their teens or early 20s), she said. Such performers are “just getting started and have a lot to offer.”
The Play It Again concert series is “truly a listener’s concert,” said Welch. So many of the performers play bars or loud social venues, but Play It Again is “primarily a listener’s concert.”
Over the last nine years, the community has come together to support this series. It is underwritten by the Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism Commission.

• For more information, contact Gen. Butler State Resort Park at 1-866-462-8853.

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