The "Kentucky Headhunters" are an influential country rock group whose early albums were embraced by both country and rock fans, and maintain a cult following among alt-country fans to this day. One early review described their sound as "Bill Monroe meets Cream."
They are essentially a southern rock group that adapted their sound to country music. Their music has crossed a number of genre boundaries, at various times ranging from country and bluegrass to blues to hard rock that borders on traditional metal.
In 1968, Edmonton, Kentucky teenager Richard Young, his younger brother Fred, and their cousins Anthony Kenney and Greg Martin began performing together as Itchy Brother. The band was named after Fred Young's favorite cartoon character, from King Leonardo and his Short Subjects. They were later joined at various times by other musicians, among them lead singer Mark Orr, bass guitarist Tim Speck and organist Don Rissen. The band achieved considerable regional success in the 1970s, including at least one single: "Shotgun Effie" was released in 1973 on the King Fargo label.
Itchy Brother signed with Led Zeppelin's Swan Song Records in 1980, shortly before Z...
|years active||1968 in music|
|music genre||Country rock, Southern Rock|
|current members||Anthony Kenney (bass guitar|