Kentucky Just Us
Real family, real life, real music
Based out of Greensburg Kentucky, KENTUCKY JUST US is a family group featuring tight harmonies, heartwarming lyrics, and a fresh sound that is all their own. While their music is varied, it is strongly influenced by Bluegrass, Old-Time Country Music, Gospel Music and family based values.
Kentucky Just Us has recently been honored to be selected as the First Artists in Residence of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the historic Renfro Valley.
The band started out three years ago with just a guitar and vocals. Since that time they have added several other instruments including the banjo, fiddle, upright bass, and mandolin.
The band has had the opportunity to learn from some of the finest musicians in the world, including the legendary fiddle player Buddy Spicher, and banjo extraordinaire Gary "Biscuit" Davis. At the start of 2018 they began attending HCTC's Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music, being instructed by some very talented Bluegrass artists including Bobby and Dean Osborne, Virgil Bowlin, and Scott Napier.
Kentucky Just Us has also appeared on Tim Farmer's Homemade Jam, performed at the Ford Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame, and has won several band competitions. Recently they have expanded into songwriting, and are working on several recording projects, as well as being slated to appear on "Our Mountains" - a TV show covering Eastern Kentucky.
John Paul Meador- John is 18 years old and plays guitar and mandolin. He is our main lead vocalist and also takes a big part in arranging our songs. Some of his biggest influences include: Tony Rice, Dailey and Vincent, Russell Moore and lllrd Tyme Out, and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. Besides John's love for music he also enjoys hunting and fishing.
Kacey O'Neal- Kacey is 17 years old and plays the fiddle. She sings harmony and occasionally lead vocals an plays the fiddle. Some of her biggest influences include: Buddy Spicher, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, George Strait, and B.J. Cherryholmes. Besides playing music Kacey loves horses and UK basketball.
Jesse Meador- Jesse is 15 years old and plays the banjo. He has a very high voice, so when he takes the lead on a song he steals the show. Jesse is the entertainer of the group and our resident comedian. It is hard to believe that he has only been playing a little over a year. Some of his biggest influences are: Gary "Biscuit" Davis, Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe, Paul Williams, and Glen Campbell. Besides playing music Jesse enjoys collecting vinyl records.
Caleb O'Neal - Caleb is 8 years old and is the newest member of the band. He is our up and coming mandolin player and vocalist, but he can also play the guitar and mountain dulcimer. While he is still a little hesitant to get in front of a crowd, he brings a lot to the group. Most of all he adds a factor of "cuteness" with his great big personality that no one else could ever provide.
Shelane O'Neal - Shelane is our quiet treasure keeping us in time and together in so many ways. She is our upright bass player, harmony vocalist, and now a BMI songwriter. It is hard to believe that all of this talent has just been realized in the last two years as she has poured herself into helping the kids to reach for their goals.
Terry O'Neal - Terry is the band manager and keyboard player. He is also our booking agent, van driver, and anything else we can find for him to do. Not only does he play the keyboard at our big events and churches, he has recently picked up rhythm guitar. So as you can see Terry is the one we depend on to get the job done.