What strikes you, almost immediately upon hearing the sound of The Kentucky Linemen’s music, is how utterly distinctive it is. It’s different, yet familiar. Arguably, there are few sounds more pleasant to the human ear than siblings singing in harmony. Those harmonies are the driving force behind their signature sound. Recalling tinges of The Gatlins, Gene Watson, and Alabama, the result is country music you think you’ve heard before. In an ocean of pop and teen influenced music currently emerging from Nashville, the Kentucky Linemen’s sound is a vessel of authenticity. Although it is familiar sounding, it’s undeniably fresh.
For as long as they can remember, the Fletcher brothers – twins Jon and James with younger brother Mitchell, have been singing and playing together. No one watching the boys as they grew up was surprised when, as adults, they set out to pursue a career in music. It became their family business. However, as many talented musicians can attest, the road to success can be rough and long. Over the years, the brothers experienced many of the fits and starts of working within the music business system. Now – finally – they are in the right place at the right time!
Born and raised in a close-knit household in Boyle County, Kentucky, their dad, Hershel, was a lineman for the Kentucky Utilities Company. The band’s moniker is a salute to the solid and stable roots that their father’s hard work as a lineman provided to their upbringing. Theirs was a home that had always been traditional in values, yet supportive of their talent. Music was a vital ingredient in their home, with their mother’s love and encouragement and their father often joining in with the boys and their music. In addition to their vocal abilities, the band of brothers are accomplished musicians: James as a guitar player (he sings tenor); Jon as a drummer and mandolin player (he sings baritone); and Mitchell on bass and acoustic guitar (he sings the lead part.)
Nashville-based songwriter and producer, Elbert West, learned about the brothers from one of his staff writers. A chance encounter would lead to a meeting with West, which in turn, would forge one of the most important creative relationships for the band, to date. Soon, they were writing and recording their debut album, produced by and crafted under the guidance of West’s vision for the band. Starting from scratch, the brothers and West put pen to paper, pick to strings, with the end result being “Country Music Uncompromised.”
The lyrics and message of their debut single, “Walk On,” and the accompanying video, underscore the story of determination that exists behind these talented brothers’ journey to the big stage: “You can’t run the race, if you’re standing still…You can’t swim to the other side, if you don’t jump in.”
For those who believe anything is possible, the journey to that dream becoming a reality begins with a single step…. “Walk On!”