Local stage offers regional launch pad for music careers

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Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 6:18 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 20, 2022 at 10:02 PM EDT
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PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Eastern Kentucky has a long history of successful country musicians - Noah Thompson winning American Idol is just one of the most recent.

Jordan Pelfrey owns Alley on Main and AOM Booking and Management. He wants his theater to be a launchpad for the careers of Appalachian musicians.

”There’s just so much talent and and so many great artists, up and coming artists,” he said. “That was what was important about Alley on Main. Give those artists, as they’re rising up, a place to play.”

Luke Trimble of Paintsville and Scott T. Smith from Hurricane, West Virginia are two of the musicians playing folk and country music. Each said they were inspired by their Appalachian upbringing.

”I feel like a lot of ways that that shielded me, or veiled me, from dreaming too far beyond my reach,” said Smith. “I learned how important it was to be a part of my community and take care of the people around me.”

Smith will be on tour in the American Northeast starting next week sharing his unique stories with a new audience.

”I wrote the other day that New York scares this country boy, but it also energizes me in the same breath,” Smith said.

Trimble will join Smith in NYC at the famous venue The Cutting Room on June 27, an experience he said he is grateful for and will bring a lot of Appalachian inspiration with him.

”My favorite thing is going down US-23 and seeing the signs,” Trimble said. “You know, seeing all these different musicians like Keith Whitley, Tyler Childers, Chris Stapleton, Loretta Lynn - it’s something special that you can’t really explain.”

Pelfrey said Alley on Main will have shows during the Summer and Trimble is on the schedule to perform there in the Fall. For now, Pelfrey said he is excited to see these two artists grow.

”I’m proud of these guys and what they’ve accomplished and it means a lot that I can help them spread their career or get them into different markets and so people can hear the story of Appalachia and our style of music,” said Pelfrey.

More information about Alley on Main, including a schedule of events, is available online.

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