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Club Board of Directors

  • Chris Waddell  Send Email

  • Scott Taylor Send Email

  • Dave Tench Send Email

History:  The Kentucky Thumbpickers Club was formed on April 1, 1990 and was the first thumbpicking club organized.  The purpose of the club is to promote and perpetuate the playing of thumbstyle guitar as performed by Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Jerry Reed and the other legends.  We began as friends picking on Friday night at Tuck Raisor's house and we are still just friends getting together and picking on the 2nd Saturdays of each month.  Come join us.

KTPC is truly an international organization with members in Scotland, England, Australia, France and other countries as well as pickers throughout Kentucky and all around the United States.

We meet twice per month.  The 1st Saturday meeting is held in Drakesboro, Ky at the City Hall / Fire Station in the Community Room.  210 W Mose Rager Blvd  It starts at 2:00 PM.  We often have a pot luck dinner so feel free to bring an item.

The 2nd Saturday meeting is held in Louisville at the Hopewell Baptist Church located at 4305 Hopewell Road in Jeffersontown, Ky.  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.   Light refreshments are available.   Members, friends and the general public are invited to attend.  Click HERE for dates for this year.

KTPC Friday Night Picking.   - We have discontinued Friday Night Picking at the church

Hotels in the Area

There are hotels in Central City and Powderly that are convenient to our picking parties in Muhlenberg County on the 1st Saturdays.  They include

Days Inn - 640 S 2nd St, Central City, KY 42330, (270) 754-1222

Super 8 - 635 S 2nd St, Central City, KY 42330,  (270) 757-1700

Best Western - 627 S 2nd St, Central City, KY 42330, Phone: (270) 757-0222

CCI Express Inn - 2011 W Everly Brothers Blvd, Powderly, KY 42367,  (2700 338-9797

Our NEW Meeting Location is Hopewelll Baptist Church located at 4305 Hopewell Road in Jeffersontown, Ky.  Less than a mile from the Gene Snyder and Taylorsville Road. Turn on New Hopewell Road off Taylorsville Road.

Click here for map

Club Membership is open to anyone with an interest in thumb and/or finger style guitar. The KTPC has members in countries all around the world.  To become a Kentucky Thumbpicker and receive your quarterly Newsletter with picking party and concert information, simply mail your personal check for $20 annual dues with name, address, phone number and e-mail to our Treasurer, Scott Taylor, 1428 Corona Drive, Lexington, KY 40514  Click here for more information.


(Click Newsletter for printable example in Acrobat Reader format)

The KTPC Newsletter is mailed quarterly covering the club activities and picking events in and around the State.  The newsletter has reviews of thumbpicking CDs and videos and features a calendar insert that lists Club Events and thumbpicking and fingerstyle guitar performances and workshops.

Club Logo Merchandise including Thumbpicks are now available! These are Fred Kelly thumbpicks in "Slick Pick" and "Speed Pick" styles with the initials "KTPC" printed on them.  We have Fred's picks available at the meetings with KTPC logo or Tuck Raisor label.

Also, order special  Hats, T-Shirts, Mugs, and More! online with our club name and logo.


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