Kershaw Ready to Take the Stage Poage Landing Days Kicks Off This Weekend

Adam Black

Ashland Beacon 


   Multi-platinum selling artist and main headliner of Poage Landing Days, Sammy Kershaw promises he won’t disappoint this weekend.

   Kershaw, who has six gold and three platinum albums and more than 70 million songs sold, said he is on the mend from a case of Bronchitis and ready to take the Poage Landing Stage. “I haven’t felt so good the past few days but I’m on the mend I believe,” Kershaw said.

   The country music artist, who has more than 25 top 40 singles, 11 top 10 singles, including two No.1 hits with “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful,” and “Love Of My Life,” will take the stage at 9 p.m. Saturday, playing the classics and introducing new music.

   “We will definitely be playing all the songs everyone knows,” Kershaw said. “We have released a few new albums and songs and plan to throw some of them in as well.”

   Starting his music career at an early age, Kershaw remembers playing local festivals and being discovered by one of his idols, George Jones. Jones who was the main headliner at The Catlettsburg Labor Day Festival for several years, was considered by Kershaw one of the best in music.

   “I became friends with him when I was 14-years-old,” Kershaw said. “We were friends for 42 years, up to the day he died and my music was definitely influenced by him.” Jones was so impressed with Kershaw’s voice he frequently used him on his shows whenever he was playing in the region, kicking off Kershaw’s country music career.

   “It’s been more than 25 years in the country music business, but I still enjoy every second of it,” Kershaw said.

   This is not the first time Kershaw has been to the Ashland area, he has played at several venues through the state and credits several names from along the Country Music Highway. “Several artists have come from that area,” Kershaw said. “It’s an honor to be in Ashland to be able to see all the fans.”

   Kershaw claims the fans are the reason for his success and hopes they will enjoy the show Saturday, especially when he plays his favorite song “Haunted Heart.” “It’s just one of those songs that was well written and really speaks to me for some reason,” Kershaw said. “I don’t know what it is about it but it’s my favorite song to perform.”

   Kershaw gives credits for his success to the fans and said he plans to bring the classic American country music to the stage Saturday night. “I have been doing this for more than 25 years,” Kershaw said. “The fans want to hear the hits, that’s what keeps them coming.”

   While Kershaw remains busy touring, the country music artist has still been able to find time to write an autobiography, which will be released in 2019. “The book is about 80 percent done,” Kershaw said. “A little bit more time and hopefully we will get it out by spring.”

   Kershaw will take the 16th Street Main Stage at 9 p.m. Saturday. The concert is free and open to the public. “I’m looking forward to coming out and hope everyone has a good time,” Kershaw said. “I know I will.”