k medley 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (10/14/13) - Owensboro natives can soon see one of their own when Keith Medley hits the stage next week to perform at a homecoming concert and fundraiser for the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra.

Medley has been out of Owensboro for 37 years, when he moved to the Nashville area after graduating from Apollo High School.

“It means a lot to come back, connect, and present original music,” Medley said.

He’s a self-proclaimed “non-musician” but Medley is nothing short of musically inclined. Medley composes and performs his original music on his own creation: a one-of-a-kind 27-string guitar.

The “exaggerated” instrument stemmed from a series of concepts Medley came up with beginning around 1978. He and his friends always dreamed about having all the money in the world to customize a perfect hotrod car, and after seeing designs for a one-hundred year old guitar with extra strings, the conversation slowly shifted into love of musical instruments and designing the perfect guitar. In the early 1980s, he began to expand on drawings of a unique instrument, one with a whole new type of sound.

The innovative design of the guitar is meant to hold 650-700 pounds of sound pressure braced by a thin piece of spruce to offset the tension. Medley explained that there was no way to calculate or control the outcome of sound produced by the 27 strings saying at first it was a “roll of the dice”. Medley eventually got a handle on playing the chords and said that he is most proud of the success he’s had with not being musically trained.

“When there’s no approval or permission needed…(and) nobody telling you that you can’t, there’s nothing stopping you,” Medley said.

Medley will perform music he wrote 25-30 years ago that was composed specifically for the rare instrument.

“He’s been very successful with his unique kind of music,” Karen Porter of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, said.

Medley is performing as a fundraiser for OSO’s local music education projects. It will be his first concert in Owensboro, said Porter.

Medley explained that his particular instrument allows for more options for people to “mesmerized and inspired” by music. He hopes that more people will discover or even rediscover their love for music after the concert.

“He’s created his life around music,” Porter said. “It really shows his dedication.”

The concert will be held Oct. 25 at 7:30 at the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $25 and $10 for students. For ordering information, call: 270-684-0661.

Taylor Riley
SurfKY News

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Weather Sponsored by

1 DOW 17,131.86
0.00 (0.00%)    
2 S&P 2,017.46
0.00 (0.00%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,838.64
0.00 (0.00%)    

Stock Report Sponsored by

In Other News...

PPD Request Public's Help Finding Missing Juvenile

KENTUCKY (10/12/15) — According to a Paducah Police Department report, PPD is seeking the public’s help in locating a… Read More

Four Injured after Vehicle Careens down Embankment, Strikes Culvert

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (10/12/15) — The Hopkins County Sheriff's Office responded to a two-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon… Read More

Most Read This Week

October 10, 2015 6663

25-Mile Car Chase on Pennyrile Ends in Two Arrests

by SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 5118

Alleged Attempt to Hide Meth in Doughnuts Results…

by SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 3451

3 From Greenville Indicted On Drug Charges

by SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 3439

Vehicle Overturns during Two-Car Collision

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
October 12, 2015 3009

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - October 12, 2015

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

September 16, 2015 13938

Mining Accident Fatality - Update

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 30, 2015 12021

Dawson Woman Dead After Princeton Factory…

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

October 12, 2015 3009

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - October 12, 2015

by SurfKY News
October 12, 2015 1841

MPD Foot Patrol Charges Man with Trafficking in…

by SurfKY News
October 12, 2015 1772

Four Injured after Vehicle Careens down…

by SurfKY News
October 12, 2015 1766

Two-Vehicle Collision Results in One Driver…

by SurfKY News
October 12, 2015 1406

Kentucky Health Co-op Closing Due to Congress…

by SurfKY News
October 12, 2015 1293

Driver Dies after Single-Vehicle Collision on…

by SurfKY News
October 13, 2015 1111

BBQ Champs Chosen during Hanson Lions Blast-off

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
October 12, 2015 1081

UPDATE: KSP Captures Escapee

by SurfKY News
October 12, 2015 997

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
October 12, 2015 682

PPD Request Public's Help Finding Missing Juvenile

by SurfKY News