Kentucky Just Us
Real family, real life, real music
Based out of South Central 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 unique, it is strongly influenced by Bluegrass, Old-Time Country, Gospel, and family based values.
The Band began in October of 2014 with only vocals and a guitar. Since then they have added an upright bass, fiddle, mandolin, and banjo. The band has played many venues such as the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN, Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO, Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival in Farmers Branch, TX, and many more. Their video of Rocky Top has received over 4.3 million views. They have also appeared on several TV shows including Tim Farmer’s Homemade Jam, Woodsongs, and Our Mountains. In March of 2018 Kentucky Just Us was chosen by The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum to be the First Artists in Residence of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the historic Renfro Valley. The band also received a scholarship from the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation at their first appearance at the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival in Farmers Branch, Texas. In May, Kentucky Just Us received 1st place in the 2019 KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest at Silver Dollar City.
Kentucky Just Us released their first album in 2015, “The Land of Bluegrass” and just recently released their newest album “Recorded Live”. They also have several other projects that they are working on. 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 Kentucky Just Us began attending HCTC's Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music in Eastern Kentucky, being instructed by some very talented Bluegrass artists including Bobby Osborne, Dean Osborne, Virgil Bowlin, and Scott Napier.
Kentucky Just Us begins 2019 playing with Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, and has already scheduled performances in Florida, Missouri, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Meet the Band:
John - is 18 years old and plays guitar and mandolin. He is our main lead vocalist, songwriter and also takes a big part in arranging our songs. Besides his love for music John also enjoys hunting and fishing.
Kacey - is 17 years old and is our fiddle player, vocalist and songwriter. She manages our merchandise and social media. Besides playing music Kacey loves horses and UK basketball.
Jesse - is 16 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 as well as an accomplished songwriter. Besides playing music Jesse enjoys collecting vinyl records.
Caleb - is 9 years old and is the youngest member of the band. He is our 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 - is our upright bass player, vocalist and songwriter. She keeps us in time and in line on and off the stage. Shelane is our quiet treasure and has poured herself into helping the kids reach for their goals.
Terry - plays keyboard and occasionally rhythm guitar for the band. He is also the band manager, booking agent, van driver, sound man and the hard working man behind the scenes.