The Kentucky Thumbpickers Club

NEWS & HOT EVENTS

2017 CALENDAR

Saturday Jam Sessions - The Kentucky Thumb Pickers Club gets together to pick and grin on Second Saturdays of every month at the Hopewell Baptist Church.  It is located at 4305 Hopewell Road in Jeffersontown, Ky.   We start at NOON and go till we give up. Come pick with us or just drop by and listen.  See details and schedule of dates below.

  Saturday, June 2 - 6:30 PM - Parker Hastings will be performing at the Lynchburg Street Festival in Lynchburg Ohio.  Parker will be featured from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

  June 3rd - 7:30 PM - Tommy Emmanuel will be performing at the Lexington Opera House in Lexington, KY.  Anthony Snape will open for Tommy.  The Opera House is located at 401 West Short Street.  Go HERE for more information and tickets.


Saturday, June 10th at Noon - KTPC Picking Party    Come out to Louisville and enjoy an afternoon of great picking.   Everyone is encouraged to attend and invite as many friends as you can to help support this club activity.  It will be at our Club home, the Hopewell Baptist Church.  It is located at 4305 Hopewell Road in Jeffersontown, Ky.   Come enjoy a day of guitar with us.  Call Chris at 1-502-821-6020 or Scott at 1-859-223-3576.  Click here for more club info.

  July 4th 11am to 4 pm - Muhlenberg Miners and Music w/ Thom Bresh.  Come celebrate the history of Muhlenberg County, visit Paradise Park with Merle's boyhood home, the Miners Museum and hear some great thumbpicking.  The picking will begin in Paradise Park at 10:00 and continue until Thom Bresh performs at 2:00 pm at the Merle Travis Music Center.  Also there will be a special memorial tribute to Tommy Flint at that time.  Contact Joe Hudson for more information.

  July 12th - 15th - Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention will be at the Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville,TN (Phone: 615-885-2200). It is the greatest fingerpicking event in the world with guests and performers from around the world.  The convention opens at 10am on Wednesday, July 12. Seating for Saturday evening is limited to the first 1100 attendees registered. Download and mail the registration form. Phone (865) 577-2828, Fax (865) 687-2065 or e-mail GMPJR1@aol.com for more information.  Link to more info and pictorial review.  Don't miss it.

Saturday, August 12th at Noon - KTPC Picking Party    Come out to Louisville and enjoy an afternoon of great picking.   Everyone is encouraged to attend and invite as many friends as you can to help support this club activity.  It will be at our Club home, the Hopewell Baptist Church.  It is located at 4305 Hopewell Road in Jeffersontown, Ky.   Come enjoy a day of guitar with us.  Call Chris at 1-502-821-6020 or Scott at 1-859-223-3576.  Click here for more club info.

  September  22th - National Thumb Pickers Hall of Fame.  The 2009 Induction ceremony will be held at The Merle Travis Music Center in Muhlenberg County, Ky.  The Induction ceremony includes guest picking performances and picking by some of the nominees.  Just one part of a full weekend.  For info on hotels and directions, click HERE.  For details go the National Thumb Pickers Hall of Fame site HERE.

September  23th - 9:00 AM - International Thumbpicking Contest and Evening Concert - Great guitars are given away as prizes and loads of great pickin' and grinnin'.   Also held at Paradise Park in Muhlenberg County, Ky.  That's near Powderly, between Central City and Greenville.  For info on hotels and directions, click HERE.  For details go the National Thumb Pickers Hall of Fame site HERE.

  September  24th - All Day - Open Mic Jam at Paradise Park.  They'll have refreshments and concessions so just bring your guitar and lawn chair to sit at the tree covered park and enjoy an array or fine pickers on stage.  No admission.  A great way to close out the picking weekend.  For details go the National Thumb Pickers Hall of Fame site HERE.


Regularly Scheduled Picking Events

KTPC Saturday Meeting and Picking Party Schedule - Our meetings are on the Second Saturdays of every month starting at NOON. A short business meeting is generally preceded by an informal jam session and is followed by a guest performer or the continuance of the jam session. A pot luck meal or light refreshments are available. Members, friends and the general public are invited to attend.  Sometimes the dates may not be 2nd Saturdays due to scheduling conflicts with the facilities.  

Here are the dates through 2016 for the Saturday picking parties:

  • May 13

  • June 10

  • July 8

  • August 12

  • September 9

  • October 14

  • November 18

If you are traveling far, you should call Chris at 1-502-821-6020 or Scott at 1-859-223-3576 before you go to make sure there are no changes in the dates.  Bring your guitar and plan to pick with us.

Four Legends Jamboree is held every first Saturday at the Drakesboro City Hall in Drakesboro, KY. Everyone gets a chance to join in the picking and grinnin’. Call Bennie Lear at 1-270-476-8680 or Scott at 1-859-223-3576 for more information. 

Pickin’ In The Park provides a variety of players and some open mic nights and operates seasonally.  On the 3rd Friday of the month at Paradise Park in Powderly, KY from June thru September the stage is filled with the sounds of West Kentucky picking. Call 1-270-338-2520 for details and head on down to pick and listen. 

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