Cordle opens Years of Farming series Sunday

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On Sunday Oct. 14, Years of Farming welcomes award winning Larry Cordle at 2 p.m., at Double S Entertainment, 150 Foster Street, Flemingsburg. Williamson Branch will be the opening band.

Cost of tickets will be $15, available in advance or at the door. Children 12 and under accompanied by an adult are admitted free. Attendees will have the chance to win door prizes provided by our sponsors along with two tickets to the Nov. 11 Years of Farming show featuring Flatt Lonesome with Evan Lanier and The Bluegrass Express.

Larry Cordle was born and raised on a small family farm in eastern Kentucky. While a young child he was introduced to bluegrass, country, and gospel music, by his great grandfather Harry Bryant, an old-time claw hammer banjo stylist, fiddle player and dancer.

He recounts, “Mom said I could sing “I’ll Fly Away,” all the way through when I was two years old.” Cordle fondly remembers this early influence by pointing out, “We lived so far away from everything that we had to make our own entertainment. Papaw would get the fiddle out in the evenings sometimes and play and dance for us. Just as soon as I was old enough to try to learn to play I did so and kinda seconded after him on the guitar. He ran an old country store and I spent many happy hours in there with him playing, talking about and listening to music. It was our escape into another world.”

After graduating from high school, Cordle spent four years in the Navy and after being honorably discharged, attended Morehead State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

“I just didn’t see how I could ever make a living doing only music, so, I worked for a CPA firm during the day and played in clubs at night.” All the while, Larry desperately wanted to devote all of his time to music, but his commitments would remain divided, until writing a song, that changed everything for the aspiring young Singer-Songwriter. E

astern Kentucky was not only home for Cordle, but also for his childhood friend and neighbor, musical prodigy, Ricky Skaggs. Upon hearing Cordle’s new song, “Highway 40 Blues’” Ricky promised that he would one day record it. In the summer of 1983, it was the number one song in the nation, helping to launch Larry’s songwriting career and skyrocketing Skaggs’ already solid country music career. In 1985, at Ricky’s urging, Cordle, by now out of the accounting business and back playing nightclubs again, gave up the security of a full-time gig to move to Nashville and become a staff songwriter for Ricky’s new company, Amanda-Lin Music, with whom he (Ricky) had wisely partnered, with Lawrence Welk’s mega successful publishing company, Welk Music.

“Two hundred bucks a week,” Cord laughs, “that wouldn’t go far these days but I made myself a promise that if I ever got a chance, one foot inside the door, that I was gonna work my behind off, as hard as I could to stay inside of it. I met people there at Welk and learned what it was gonna take to be a ‘real’ songwriter from them.”

“They taught me the ropes and I had the talent God gave me, some incredible luck and much love, help and encouragement from my peers and my family.”

At last count, Cordle’s songs had appeared on projects that had to date sold a combined total of more than 55 million records, by artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Diamond Rio, Alan Jackson, Trace Adkins and many others. Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time have been Grammy and IBMA winners and nominees numerous times including IBMA Song of the Year Award for one of his most popular songs of his career, “Murder On Music Row.”

Larry’s original material, trademark singing and his engaging personality, immediately connects fans to his music. In 2006, Celebration of Life: Musicians Against Childhood Cancer won the IBMA Album of the Year Award. In 2012, Cordle co-produced the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award winning album, Life Goes On. .Cordle remains extremely active in all facets of his career. He regularly records, and tours in the U.S. and occasionally abroad with Lonesome Standard Time. He is also still first and foremost a songwriter, now writing independently for his own company, Wandachord Music, BMI.

In April 2015, Larry was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, celebrating his impressive career in music. In 2016, he had to put a hold on his latest all gospel album while he was undergoing chemo for leukemia but was able to release Give Me Jesus in March 2017. This powerful album received a 2018 Grammy Nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album and a 2017 IBMA Gospel Recorded Event of the Year Nomination for the title track; a traditional tune arranged by Cord. Cord is now in remission. Larry is a long-time resident of Nashville suburb, Hendersonville, Tenn. He makes his home there with wife, Wanda, and their daughter, Kelvey Christine but still enjoys the opportunity to make frequent trips back to his East Kentucky home place and his roots.

Nashville based, Williamson Branch, is a high energy, high steppin’ show that features a fine-tuned variety of bluegrass, gospel and country music, accentuated by world class Appalachian clog dancing. As Pinecastle recording artists, this family fills every performance with memorable moments of love and laughter. In recent years audiences from Canada to the Cayman Islands, Maine to the Mexican border have thrilled to the soaring vocal harmonies and sparkling personalities of Williamson Branch!

From day one our goal at Years of Farming is to not only promote bluegrass music in our area, but also to promote our local businesses. We are pleased to be sponsored by 42 local businesses that employ more than 500 people in our community including three other great festivals in our area.

Keep checking our website for updates in our schedule. For more information or tickets you can contact Paula Hinton at 606-748-0798 or [email protected]

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