Local band will help honor river history

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The Fence Posts to perform at River Day

They’ve had five or six gigs and have been excited by the response but later this month, The Fence Posts will be taking the stage to entertain the public at this year’s Owen County History/Kentucky River Day June 21.
“We really enjoy playing together and it seems like people like what we are doing,” John Randall said. “The guys in the band seem to have good chemistry and it’s a lot of fun.”
The Owen County group, made up Towles on guitar and vocals; Clay Beverly, mandolin, guitar and vocals; Aaron Kline, drums; with help from Wyatt Hill, will be one of the special features of this year’s Owen County History Society’s River Heritage Day.
The event will be held June 21 on the grounds of the Owen County Historical Society Museum at 206 N. Main Street in Owenton.
Although their usual set list shows off their various musical influences, Beverly and Towles said they will focus on bluegrass music to reflect Kentucky’s heritage.
“I’ve been influenced by a lot of different music and I always wanted to be part of the Christian music industry,” Towles said. “I’ve been influenced by a lot of musicians like Switchfoot, the blues, John Meyer. But in this band, we tend to focus on bluegrass, old country and some folk.”
Towles came up with the band’s name but said Beverly is the true leader of the band.
“I thought it would be a great name for a band,” Towles said.
Although the set lists change often, Towles said Beverly takes the lead.
“Clay likes old country and bluegrass,” Towles said. “For this band, it’s mainly Clay and we go with Clay’s style. He is the main guy.”
Towles said the longtime friends help each other hone their skills.
“Playing with Clay is a challenge and its good for me. It makes me a better and broadens my abilities,” Towles said.
Beverly said mutual respect and friendship plays a big role in the band as they try to play off each other’s strengths.
“I pick a lot of songs but I also ask if that’s what we want to play,” Beverly said. “We cooperate a lot and we are good friends.”
The Owen County History/ Kentucky River Day will be held June 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, and will feature:
10 a.m. - Opening ceremonies
10:30 a.m. - Jerry Graves of the Kentucky River Authority will present an update on locks along the Kentucky River.
11 a.m. - The Fence Posts will perform
Noon - Travis Vasconcelos will provide calliope entertainment
1 p.m. - Reminisces of Owen County
2 p.m. - pie-eating contest
2:30 p.m. - Jake Book will be playing the banjo and strumming the guitar.
Throughout the day, there will be Indian artifacts on display; an exhibit from The Kentucky Department o Fish and Wild Life; book signings; tomahawk throwing, archery, watermelon seed-spitting contest, historic re-enactors, and food available from Big Tricky’s Catering.