The Kentucky Headhunters joined members of the bluegrass band Carolina Road to film a music video on Thursday at the Plaza Theatre.
The video is for the single, “Running Water,” that Carolina Road recently recorded for its new album, “Country Grass.”
“It’s a song the Kentucky Headhunters wrote and we just did it bluegrass style, which includes the banjo, fiddle and the mandolin,” said Lorraine Jordan, lead singer and mandolin player for Carolina Road, which is based out of Raleigh, N.C.
Jordan has always wanted to do a musical project with the Kentucky Headhunters.
“When these guys first came out they were the neatest thing there was playing in Nashville,” she said.
She didn’t become a diehard fan of the Kentucky Headhunters until they recorded a song by the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe.
“You know, I was like, ‘We’ve got to see about doing some of their music, getting some things together,” Jordan said.
When Carolina Road decided to release a new album, the band chose to include “Running Water” and invited the Kentucky Headhunters to join them in performing it.
Richard Young, rhythm guitarist for the Kentucky Headhunters, said it has been an honor to be invited by Carolina Road to appear on the album.
“Even though we are not bluegrass players, we truly admire (bluegrass) because it is part of our heritage,” Young said.
“Running Water” was a song the Kentucky Headhunters recorded on their “Stomping Ground” album.
The band’s former bass player and cousin, Anthony Kenney of Glasgow, helped write the song, and according to Young, it has bluegrass lyrics and a bluegrass melody.
The Kentucky Headhunters are not the only ones making an appearance on the album. Others that have lent a hand with the project are John Conley, Lee Greenwood, Lynn Anderson and Jim Ed Brown.
“What we did is we took country songs and we put bluegrass music to them,” Jordan said.
The music for the album was produced by Josh Goforth, who also plays fiddle for the band.
“The vision for the project is to take everything good about all the artists we are using and blend it seamlessly with bluegrass,” said Goforth, who plays fiddle for Carolina Road. “In other words, making it sound like they have been singing bluegrass their whole entire lives.”
The way they were able to reach that goal was with the mixing of the album.
“I’m pretty proud and pretty humbled to think we have been able to achieve that,” Goforth said.
The two bands are hoping to get to perform together later this year.
“I’m looking forward to an opportunity for the two of us getting to play some gigs together,” Young said.