WANT TO GO?
The Kentucky Headhunters, with Hogan's Goat and The Cobwebs
Part of the Capitol City Biker Bash
WHERE: Haddad Riverfront Park
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Saturday
COST: FreeINFO: 304-344-5075 or www.capitolcitybikerbash.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Some places are just special. The Kentucky Headhunters, who perform Saturday during the Capitol City Biker Bash, have more than a few points on the map that mean something to them.
One of them is Charleston.
"There's just something really charming about Charleston, West Virginia," singer/guitarist Richard Young said. "It's got a special vibe about it that I've always loved and has a special place in our hearts."
Young said there's history. Charleston and the country/Southern rock band go way back.
Before the band got famous, Young said, the group played the area quite a bit. His best memory was how nice the city was when the band was stranded in town after a snowstorm in 1989.
"It was right when the Headhunters got their first video out," he said, "and one of the first places we came to play was Charleston."
The band played a little club down the street from the Charleston Civic Center called the Country Western Dance Hall and Saloon. It was just another show.
He remembered that, just down the street, rock giant Aerosmith was working out the kinks of its upcoming Pumped tour. The band had rented the Civic Center out to rehearse for a few days, and then it played the first show of the tour there.
That Friday night, the Headhunters played and the snow fell. After the show, the band members couldn't go anywhere and decided to stick around an extra day.
"The owner was nice enough to let us play a second night."
People came out for a second helping. Then-Gazette reviewer Michael Lipton said the Headhunters didn't sound like country to him, but he nevertheless was impressed by the show.