Abernathy, a graduate of Madisonville High School, has been described by Knoxville News-Sentinel music writer Wayne Bledsoe as “very possibly the best unknown singer-songwriter in the country.”
“There’s a million guys with guitars, the kind you picture sitting around a fire or in a beat-up rocking chair on an old cabin porch, but only a few you’d want to pull up a seat beside and listen to — Malcolm Holcombe, Ben Weaver, John Prine, Steve Earle,” wrote Steve Wildsmith, Weekend editor for The Maryville Daily Times. “Add Kevin Abernathy to that list.”
After graduating from high school, Abernathy left his hometown of Madisonville to pursue a career as a “guitar slinger” in San Francisco and Nashville before settling down in Knoxville. Fans of Abernathy know there are two distinct sides to the singer-songwriter.
With his power trio, the Kevin Abernathy Band, he mixes up a heady brew of fire-breathing guitar rock and Americana-influenced songwriting tendencies. He’s been known to call it “arena-cana.” With “Some Stories,” his 2012 solo debut, Kevin puts the Les Paul in its case long enough to offer up a laid-back blend of country-influenced folkier numbers such as “Gudger Town” and “Highway Crosses,” populated with the kind of hard-luck characters who have inhabited his songs all along.
Sponsors for the show include United Community Bank, Sweetwater Hospital Association, and Hamilton Sound & Recording. All proceeds will benefit MACA programs and the Hiwassee Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are $20/adult and $10/student. MACA season ticket subscribers will receive a $5 discount coupon in their season ticket package. Tickets may be purchased with a credit card at www.monroearts.com or call 423-442-3210. Tickets are also available at all Citizens National Banks in Monroe County and Century 21 Hendershot Realty in Madisonville, and at the box office on the night of the performance.