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

  Thursday, July 4th - Muhlenberg Miners and Music Annual festival is re-scheduled to October 26th.  See below

  Saturday, Sept 7th - 2:00 pm - Home of the Legends picking party at Drakesboro, Ky.  This is a change in the usual start time due to the evening concert at the Travis Center (see below).  The picking party will begin when the doors open at 2:00 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, Sept 7th - 7:00 PM  - Women of Country in an encore performance at the The Merle Travis Music Center in Muhlenberg County, Ky.  That's near Powderly, between Central City and Greenville.  Go HERE to see info on hotels in the area and driving directions around Muhlenberg County.

Saturday Sept 7 - 7:30 PM - Tommy Emmanuel will be performing at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville, TN.  It is located at 212 Tusculum Blvd, Greeneville, TN 37745.  Tickets are Orchestra: $40  |  Mezzanine: $35  |  Balcony: $30.  contact the box office at 423-638-1679 or boxoffice@npacgreeneville.com.

September 8th - 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT - Tommy Emmanuel will be performing at Songbirds in Chattanooga.  Tommy's guest performers is Logan Ledger.  Songbirds is located at 35 Station Street, Chattanooga, TN 37408.  Tickets are $75.  For tickets and information, click HERE

Saturday - September 14th 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.

Thursday - Sept 26 - 8:00 PM - Tommy Emmanuel will be pereforming at the Speaker Jo Ann Davidson Theatre in Columbus, OH.  It is located at 77 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215.

  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

  Friday September 27th - 8:00 PM - Tommy Emmanuel will be performing with Jorma Kaukonen at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH.  It is located at 317 East 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202   For tickets and information, click HERE

Saturday, September 28 2019 - Tommy Emmanuel with special guest Pat Bergeson & Annie Sellick will be performing at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY.  It is located at 308 Saint Clair St., Frankfort,KY40601.  Tickets are $60 / $55 / $40.  For more info, conact grandtheatrefrankfort.org or call 502-352-7469

  Saturday, October 5th - 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 - October 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 (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, October 26th - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM - Muhlenberg Miners and Music Festival - Come join us in celebrating the history and music of Muhlenberg County at Paradise Park on October 26th.  We're going "back in time" with tours of the Miners Musem and Merle Travis' home.  We'll have: artisan booths, food trucks, guitar picking throughout the park, tours of the park facilitiies including the Coal Miner's Museum, the Merle Travis house and the Hall of Fame House.  Paradise Park is 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.   See our invitation


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:

  • September 14

  • October 12

  • November 9

  • December 14  (Our Christmas Party)

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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