He wrote, "Now, I don't know who's trying to fool whom, but if these Headhunters play country, I'll eat a sack full of white bread-and-spam sandwiches. These dudes rock like tomorrow is Judgment Day and the good Lord may be fixin' to take away their electric git-tars and amplifiers."
Young said that weekend was a special moment for the band members. He remembered playing their shows, but also being more than a little envious of the rock band down the street and its upcoming performance at the Civic Center.
He wondered, "Will we ever get to play a place like that?"
It turned out that the Headhunters did. Six months later, they were back in town, with Hank Williams Jr. A year after that, they headlined at the Municipal Auditorium, with Travis Tritt.
For a couple of years, the Kentucky Headhunters were an unlikely country music success story.
The band has traveled a lot of miles since then, although Young said the band members are much the same as always. He said they were more or less healthier than they used to be, though. Young suffered a heart attack in 2000 and the experience made him more conscious about taking care of himself and the health of people around him.
"We're still moving along," he said. "Of course, any of us could drop dead at any moment."
Young didn't sound too concerned, but he said that was part of it: letting go of worry. It helps that the Kentucky Headhunters are in a pretty good place. They mostly play, write and record songs on their own schedule, without a major record label.
"I know that sounds funny," he said, "but I guess we're kind of self-sufficient hillbillies."
Still, they have their preferences of where they do what they do. For their latest record, "Dixie Lullaby," the Headhunters recorded close to home at their "practice house," an old homestead the band has used for decades.
"We had electricity," he said, "but we don't have heat up there."
That was a problem. When the band members convened a couple of days after Christmas two years ago to write and record, they brought kerosene heaters, which came in handy after they got stranded by another snowstorm.
Young said they froze their butts off, but they couldn't be more pleased with the results.
"When you write songs in an old house and then take them to a big, fancy recording studio somewhere," he said, "sometimes something gets left behind."
Nothing got left behind, and it was all because it was the right place.
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.
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