AlonzoAURORA, Ky. (7/21/17) — Princeton native Alonzo Pennington is incorporating a special tribute to the Allman Brothers in his set at this year's Kenlake Hot August Blues Festival. Like so many others, Pennington was a big fan of the Allman Brothers, and the loss of Gregg Allman earlier this year was tough to take, so he'll set aside part of his Kenlake Hot August Blues show to pay tribute to the legendary artist and band.

The complete lineup of the Hot August Blues Fest and information on discounted tickets, click over to

Pennington came by his love of guitar honestly. The son of Internationally known master of the Merle Travis “thumbpicking” style of guitar, Eddie Pennington, a National Endowment of the Arts Fellow for Guitar Playing, like legendary BB King. In the case of Alonzo Pennington, the apple didn't fall far from the tree.

Alonzo Pennington, is a multi-award-winning guitar player who’s been performing his own music since he was 13. He cut his teeth playing alongside his father, respected and renowned thumbpicker, Eddie Pennington. So, take a smattering of vintage Merle Travis, a dash of Stevie Ray Vaughan, a spoonful of Waylon Jennings, and a pinch of Tommy Emmanuel, throw them all into a big old pot and you've got Alonzo Pennington. A satisfying musical stew that’s been influenced by greats in all styles! You are certain to enjoy some blazing guitar work, heart-felt ballads, and a few laughs along the way.

He's played some of the most famous venues and festivals in the country including The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. He's performed on stage with Willie Nelson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tommy Emmanuel, John Michael Montgomery, Joe Diffie and Tim Farmer.

Alonzo is a three-time International Thumbpicking Contest Grand Champion. He is also a past National Thumbpicking contest winner. Four times, he's represented the state of Kentucky at the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis, twice advancing to the semifinals in a field of more than 600 of the best blues artists in the world.

Along with teaching guitar workshops and performing across the country, Alonzo Pennington has an instructional DVD and online course available through

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