Muhlenberg County to Host Tribute to Everly Brothers Music

Oct 9, 2014

Phil and Don Everly

Muhlenberg County is hosting a show this weekend that pays tribute to the area’s most famous musical sons. The show, called “Walk Right Back”, honors the music of the Everly Brothers.

Don Everly was born in Muhlenberg County in 1937, and during 15 years beginning in 1988, he and his brother Phil performed an annual “homecoming” concert in Central City.

Joe Hudson, the executive director of the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame and the organizer of Saturday’s concert says the influential harmonies that the Everly Brothers sang in the late 1950s and 60s played a major role on future musical acts.

“The significant impact that the Everly’s harmonies had on other bands, even The Beatles, is really humbling when you look at the fact that it all roots back here to a small town in the middle of Muhlenberg County," Hudson told WKU Public Radio. "They had that family harmony that you just cannot reproduce, and their harmonies are still known as some of the best and tightest harmonies that have ever been recorded.”

All proceeds from the Saturday show at the Merle Travis Center in Powderly will go to a Toys for Totsprogram run by the TVA Paradise Plant in Drakesboro.

The performers who will portray the Everly Brothers, Matt Newton and Jeff Boyet, performed a similar sold-out show at the Merle Travis Center in May.