LEXINGTON, Ky. (6/18/13)—Goble Cantrell started playing music at a young age by himself. He would play the drums with his feet while playing the guitar and singing. What started out as a one-man band evolved into something more in 2004 with the forming of The Kentucky Blue Collar Band.
Drummer Mark Rohan and bass player Marc Currens reside in Lexington, while lead guitar player Don Hayes lives in Olive Hill and lead vocalist Cantrell lives in Clay City.
“The name was easy to come up with, as all of us came from hard working families and we all worked 8-4 jobs ourselves, hence blue collar,” said Cantrell. “Our music is and has always been geared toward the blue collar workers and the trials and tribulations that go along with the working class.”
Cantrell believes that in the music business there isn’t just one roadblock that a musician has to overcome to be successful.
“From day one we started to climb over it,” Cantrell said, speaking of the obstacles to getting their band known to the public. “Some will make it to the top and over and some of us will spend our entire lives trying to climb it.”
After two records of original material, the band is preparing an album of some of their old favorites from other groups.
“We are now working on a cover album of some of our favorite songs hopefully to be out by late fall of this year with around 15-16 tracks on it,” said Cantrell.
Aside from being able to travel across the country and meet and hangout with some of the stars of the business, Cantrell admits that his favorite part about being in a band is all of the free beer!
“I don’t do it just to be rich and famous, I do it because I love it,” he said. “Everything else that has happened along the way or anything else that might happen is just extra icing on the cake! “
The band plays what they call “Kentucky Soul” music, the kind of music that tells a tale.
“A lot of today’s music has gotten away from the all important story line, which has been replaced with longer guitar solos and electronic effects,” said Cantrell. ”It’s more about the beat and music than actually capturing people’s hearts and minds with a good heartfelt story.”
The Kentucky Blue Collar Band has big plans for the future and doesn’t plan on throwing in the towel anytime soon.
“We are going to keep on doing exactly what we have always done and hopefully it will continue to take us on up and over that proverbial road block in this crazy world called the music business,” said Cantrell. ”Above all we will stay true to my favorite motto ‘Never give up!’”
The band’s next scheduled show is July 27 in Berea, Ky. Nappy Roots is also on the bill. Cantrell said this was kind of an odd pairing, but they are excited.
Photo provided by The Kentucky Blue Collar Band
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