Sounds of Summer

Louisville’s Cotton to kick off
Gen. Butler concert series

The free events run through
October in Carrollton, Ky.

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CARROLLTON, Ky. (May 2011) – Louisville blues singer-songwriter Tyrone Cotton is an original. He’s in a category all by himself, whether performing locally, regionally or across the continent.
Cotton, an Eastern High School graduate, began playing guitar at age 13, and two years later he was playing in garage bands. His interest in music and the emotions it could convey grew as he matured, and he began to add his voice to the mix for an inclusive original sound.

Tyrone Cotton

Photo provided

Louisville blues singer-songwriter
Tyrone Cotton will perform
for the second time at the
Play ’Er Again concert series.

He tackled blues music, mixing it with folk, rock, jazz and pop. While in college at Western Kentucky University, Cotton studied classical guitar and played small venues and coffee shops. His popularity grew as he honed his talent.
Cotton will be the opening act for the “Play ‘er Agin” concert series, which begins at 7 p.m. on May 28 at Gen. Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton, Ky. These free concerts will run from May through October on the grounds of the Butler-Turpin State Historic House. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on.
“The concert series is dedicated to original or traditional American Roots music,” said Evelyn Welch, Historic Site Museum Manger for the Butler-Turpin House. Music genres include blues, bluegrass, old time, jazz, Celtic, gospel, rockabilly and country.

2011 Play ’er Again
Concert Series Lineup:

• May 28: Tyrone Cotton, Louisville Blues singer-songwriter
• June 25: Sonny Moorman, Cincinnati Blues legend
• July 23: Jimmy Mundane, Americana singer-songwriter
• Aug. 27: Cutthroat Shamrocks, Celtic/Punk/Bluegrass
• Sept. 17-23: String Band, Old Time, Alternative Bluegrass (This concert held in conjunction with daytime event, “Muster at the Kentucky.”)
• Oct. 15: Rob McNurlin and the Beatnik Cowboys, (Begins at 1 p.m., admission charge.)
• Admission: Free
• Schedule: Concerts begin at 7 p.m. at the Butler-Turpin State Historic House inside Gen. Butler State Park, Carrollton, Ky.
• Information: Contact Evelyn Welch at (502) 732-4384, Ext. 2415

Cotton was chosen to perform for many “of the same reasons all of the artists are chosen,” Welch said. Criteria includes artists who perform an Americana genre of music, are professionals, personable and “this is a listening concert, so the performers must be able to hold the attention of the listening audience,” she said.
This will be the second time Cotton has performed for the “Play ‘er Agin” series. But not all performers’ are repeats. Welch said she enjoys showcasing local talent and giving young artists a chance to perform. River Valley Winery holds wine tasting and has wine for sale at every concert.
The “Play ‘er Agin” Concert Series will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in 2011. To commemorate the event, “a special festival day of music, art, food and history will take place on the last concert date, which is Oct. 15,” Welch said.
On that date, artists from Creative Diversity will be on hand creating and exhibiting their art. Ten-year T-shirts and CDs will be for sale by the Friends of Butler. Tours will be given of the historic Butler-Turpin House, along with games and an Americana Cookout before the concert. River Valley Winery is planning a special wine for the 10-year anniversary event, using the series poster logo of a cow’s head on the label.
“To maximize the potential of the concert series, the September concert will partner with a new special event, “Muster at the Kentucky,” a Kentucky War of 1812 Bicentennial event,” said Welch.

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