Get ready to do some head-shaking and foot-tapping as Grammy Award-winning Southern and country-rock band the Kentucky Headhunters perform in the famous Volcano Room located 333 feet deep inside of Cumberland Caverns.
The band has been bringing a unique combination of blues-inspired guitar riffs and rock energy with a sound based in Southern roots since the 1980s. The Kentucky Headhunters will be rocking at Cumberland Caverns Live on Saturday, Oct. 19 beginning at 3 p.m. The Georgia Thunderbolts will be the opening act.
Richard Young is the manager, or as he calls it, the chief cook and bottle washer, of the Kentucky Headhunters and the Georgia Thunderbolts. Young is also the guitarist and singer for the Headhunters.
“My favorite music to perform is the blues stuff we do,” says Young. “The blues are the root of the Headhunters’ music, but we add a little country and a lot of rock n’ roll flavor to that.”
The Kentucky Headhunters’ debut album, “Pickin’ on Nashville,” charted four consecutive Top 40 country singles. In addition to snagging a Grammy Award, the Kentucky Headhunters won a Country Music Association Album of the Year Award, two CMA Vocal Group of the Year Awards and two Top 10 charting albums. The group is currently touring in support of its latest album, “Live at the Ramblin’ Man Fair.”
“We are definitely excited to hear their show in the Volcano Room,” says Kaley Womack, the overnight manager of Cumberland Caverns. “I think this will be a unique performance. We have a lot more folk and bluegrass music so it’s really cool when we get to have a rock band come in.”
The Kentucky Headhunters concert experience will be delving into unchartered territory with this show marking the band’s first visit to Cumberland Caverns Live.
“Since I was 6 years old, I have been a self-proclaimed archeologist, so I’ve been 333 feet below ground before, but I’m very excited to perform underground,” says Young. “I’m sure the rest of the guys in the band and the Thunderbolts will feel something they’ve never felt before with a different vibe than we’ve ever experienced.”
Several types of ticket combinations are available from $35 to $55 depending on how early ticketholders want to enter the cave before the show. A pre-show cave tour can be added for $15 and includes an hour-long exploration tour package to explore the caverns further than the Volcano Room prior to the performance.
Tickets can be purchased at cumberlandcavernslive.com or at the box office the day of the concert. Cumberland Caverns Live is located at 1437 Cumberland Caverns Road at the base of Harrison Ferry Mountain.