Indie music artists coming to Clanton bar

Published 7:40 am Saturday, June 4, 2016

By Leisl Lemire | Special to the Advertiser

It is not often that Nashville comes to Chilton County, but on June 10, an event at Kokomo’s Bar in Clanton brings a bit of the Nashville music scene to Central Alabama.

With the opportunity to meet radio personalities and band members, as well as take part in giveaways offering T-shirts, CDs and autographs, the event is being billed as a “Video Blowout Funfest” by Kokomo’s owner Judy Todd.

According to LeAnne Thomas, co-owner of the internet radio station BlackSheep Network, there will be four different independent musical acts presenting the entertainment for the evening, as well as a live video taping of a new music video for the group “Who Shot Lizzy?”

Thomas and Rick Landstrom, who is also part of the DJ duo known as the Rick and LeAnne Show on the BlackSheep Network, will be there signing autographs along with the members of the groups performing.

Independent music is produced independently from major commercial record labels.

Thomas said these are groups who are making a name for themselves with or without a record label, and being independent does not automatically mean they do not have the backing of a label—they might; they just might not yet have signed a record deal.

It is the goal of the BlackSheep Network to encourage those independent artists and to help promote them whenever possible.

The four musical acts set to perform that evening include: “Who Shot Lizzy?,” “Taylor Cromer and the Deltas,” “South of Heaven,” and “J.T. Hayden” who will perform an acoustic set combo with “Who Shot Lizzy?”

Between sets, the band members will be “outside visiting with the public in a very, laid back setting,” Thomas said.

Because the bar can only hold so many people, and space is going fast, those who are not able to reserve seats are encouraged to still be a part of the evening by participating in the meet-and-greet going on outside, which is where part of the live video will also be taped.

In addition to meeting band members, the public will have access to meet Peggy Patterson, videographer and publicist, as well as the radio personalities mentioned above.

For more information, visit the Kokomos Facebook page and

Kokomos is located at 2031 Seventh St. S. in Clanton.

There will be a $10 cover charge, and seats can be purchased by calling (334) 850-0719.