LRS Live Replay: Whiskey Bent Valley Boys & Willie Huston
This season of Lost River Sessions Live wrapped up last month with a performance by Kentucky natives the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys and Willie Huston at the Capitol Arts Center in Bowling Green, KY.
A Warren Coutny native, Huston has been performing Bowling Green-area establishments for years. During his performance, he brought out his own cast of friends for local collaborations on stage.
While he's not playing or writing music, Huston also runs a local farm. Working the land is something he ties deeply into his music.
"I feel like when I'm working on the land...it's just related to the natural world," Huston said.
He compared it to hitting sticks on a tree or listening to birds.
"To me, bluegrass mimicks or echoes that...so those old time instruments, I feel like they're going to last forever because it's innate within us," Huston said.
The Whiskey Bent Valley Boys have released eight projects, including a recent studio album. The trio work to remain loyal to the Kentucky sound.
This is especially true in the lead song of their performance, "Looking for my Still."
"I believe it says everything about the band. It's got the moonshine in there. It's got the rabbit hunting in there. It's got everything that you need for a good Kentucky song," the band's lead singer, who goes by Col. Mason Dixon, said.
The band describes their sound as "traditional, old-time Kentucky music." It's important for them to keep the culture alive.
"Our families have been playing the music for over 50, 60 years and it's a lost art in a lot of ways...The music that comes from the mountains from Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, it's all family to us," Dixon said.