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Thumbpicking style

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By The Staff

The Oldham County Schools Arts Center presents Eddie and Alonzo Pennington’s thumbpicking style performance at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10. Oldham County students are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door with cash, check or credit card. Eddie Pennington is a well-known Kentucky musician who is carrying on the unique style of guitar playing known as thumbpicking. The style originated in Western Kentucky and was made famous by such musical greats as Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, and Jerry Reed. Eddie Pennington is considered by his peers to be the greatest living thumb style guitarist. He is in constant demand at several major gatherings of guitar players throughout the United States and Europe. On stage, Eddie Pennington mixes his music with generous helpings of Travis stories and down-home humor, occasionally tossing in observances peppered with his humble, unpretentious wit. Alonzo Pennington has been traveling and playing with his father since the early age of 5. He has now developed into what one promoter calls “the top R&B guitarist in the south.” Alonzo Pennington now lives in Nashville and makes his living playing and singing the blues mixed with some traditional western Kentucky thumbpicking with a hint of the country sounds he grew up playing fiddle to. It doesn’t matter whether he is playing guitar, mandolin, fiddle or bass, Alonzo Pennington just enjoys the feeling good music gives. “We are excited about having Eddie back to the arts center,” said Alvin MacWilliams, executive director of the arts center. “His performance with the Home Front Radio Show in October 2006 at the arts center was very well received.” This performance is made possible by the generosity of Fastline Publications. For information, call 241-6018 or visit www.oldhamcountyartscenter.com.