On this day in 1991, The Kentucky Headhunters scored a Grammy for their breakthrough album “Pickin’ On Nashville.”
The band started off as a Southern Rock group and recorded the album of country standards in honor of their country roots. Because of that album, they became a staple in country music in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. One of the songs on the album was “Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine” by Bill Monroe.
I had the honor of interviewing Mr. Monroe in person in 1989, the year the Kentucky Headhunters album was released. I asked Mr. Monroe, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Bluegrass Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, what he thought about the Headhunters’ version of the song. He said, in classic Bill Monroe fashion, “Well those boys do a fine job for long-haired musicians. I think they do a real fine job when I go to the bank to deposit my royalty check.”
Here is the Kentucky Headhunters with the Bill Monroe classic, “Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine.” – Jimmy Holbrook