Cotton to kick off
Butler concert series
free events run through
October in Carrollton, Ky.
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (May 2011) Louisville blues
singer-songwriter Tyrone Cotton is an original. Hes in a category
all by himself, whether performing locally, regionally or across the
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 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
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.
Play er Again
Concert Series Lineup:
28: Tyrone Cotton, Louisville Blues singer-songwriter
June 25: Sonny Moorman, Cincinnati Blues
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.)
Schedule: Concerts begin at 7 p.m. at the Butler-Turpin
State Historic House inside Gen. Butler State Park, Carrollton,
Information: Contact Evelyn Welch at (502) 732-4384,
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,
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 cows 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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