The Kentucky Thumbpickers Club

NEWS & HOT EVENTS

2019 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

  May 18, 2019 7:30 PM - Parker Hastings will be performing at the DownTowne Listening Room in Cincinnati, OH as part of their "House Concert Music Series".  Also playing piano that evening will be Levi Kreis, Tony Award winning performer having played the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in the Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet.  DownTowne Listening Room is located at 151 West 7th Street (Shillito Bldg), Cincinnati, OH 45202.  Go to HERE or call 484-686-8087 for tickets and more information.

  Saturday, June 1st - 6:00 pm - Home of the Legends picking party at Drakesboro, Ky. The picking party will begin when the doors open at 6:00 PM.  It will be held at the Drakesboro City Hall / Community Room. Come to pick and grin or just drop in to listen and visit with friends.  There will be some of the finest music from local and National Chet / Travis style pickers. Go HERE to see info on hotels in the area and driving directions around Muhlenberg County.

Saturday - June 8th 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 (Louisville).   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.

  Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 7:00 PM - Johnny Hiland will be performing at The Merle Travis Music Center.  Johnny Hiland has performed both as a solo artist, as well as with some of the biggest names in the business. Johnny Hiland will take you on a musical journey with many guitar styles ranging from blues, rock, country and more!   General Admission Seating - $20.00, VIP Seating - within first rows of auditorium $30.00, VIP Meet & Greet Includes VIP seating and a meet & greet backstage with Johnny $40.00.  Go HERE for tickets and more info.   The venue is located between Central City and Greenville at 750 Cleaton Rd, Powderly, KY 42367.  Click for a  MAP.  For info on hotels and directions, click HERE.

  July 10th - 13th - 25th Annual 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 8.  Registration fee if postmarked by June 8th1, 2019 is $240, later it's $260. The fee covers the member (registrant), spouse (or “significant other”) and children living at home.  There is a separate $5 charge for EACH PERSON including the registrant to attend the Saturday night closing concert. Seating for Saturday evening is limited to the first 1100 attendees registered.  Download and mail the registration form.  Go HERE, Phone (865)577-2828, Fax (865)687-2065 or e-mail GMPJR1@aol.com for more information.  Don't miss it. 

Saturday - August 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 (Louisville).   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 27th - National Thumb Pickers Hall of Fame Inductions.  The 2019 Induction ceremony will be held at The Merle Travis Music Center in Muhlenberg County, Ky.  That's near Powderly, between Central City and Greenville.  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.  Or check out our area map HERE.

  September 28th - 9:00 AM - International Thumbpicking Contest and Evening Concert - The contest has become divided into 3 contests for traditional thumbpicking, contemporary fingerstyle and junior thumbpicking.  Great guitars are given away as prizes and loads of great pickin' and grinnin'.   There will be an evening concert.  This event is also held at The Merle Travis Music Center in Muhlenberg County, Ky.  For info on hotels and directions, click HERE.   Or check out our area map HERE.

  September 29th - All Day - Open Mic Jam at Paradise Park.  The picking starts at 11:00 AM so just bring your guitar and lawn chair to sit at the tree covered park and enjoy an array of fine pickers on stage.  No admission.  They'll have refreshments and concessions.  A great way to close out the picking weekend.  It is held at Paradise Park in Muhlenberg County, Ky.  That's near Powderly, between Central City and Greenville adjacent to The Merle Travis Music Center.  For info on hotels and directions, click HERE.  Or check out our area map 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 for the Saturday picking parties for 2019:

  • April 13

  • May 11

  • June 8

  • July 13

  • August 10

  • September 14

  • October 12

  • November 9

  • December 14

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’. For more information, contact Scott at 1-859-223-3576 or email thumbpickers@windstream.net

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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