South Kentucky RECC, in partnership with the City of Monticello and the Wayne Fiscal Court, is happy to continue the 2013 Downtown on the Square Summer Concert Series on Thursday night, June 20 at 8 p.m.
with new country/ rock band Borrowed Blue.
A Car Show and Shine will kick-off the events around the square at 7 p.m. The series features different genres of music and bands from May through August, promoting family fun in downtown Monticello.
"Rapid Transit got us off to a great start in May and we look for an even bigger crowd this month, now that school is out and summer weather is here. Borrowed Blue has a tremendous local flavor that should draw very well and they are really rolling right now, just releasing their debut album. None of this would be possible without some great sponsors," said Events Committee Chair Shannon Hutchinson.
Borrowed Blue is a well-constructed vessel. Matt Cooper (lead vocals/ aka "Coop") is the oak, Brandon Davis (drummer/nicknamed "Pretty Boy") is the spit-polish and shine, Jordan Latham (rhythm
guitar) is the mechanic, and Jay Gregory (on lead electric guitar and harmonies), the anchor while Scottie Morrow provides talent and experience playing bass.
Borrowed Blue encompasses the homegrown distinction of the "boy next door" and the heart of "Blue Mist" pride—emphasizing their belief in God and union.
A "direct connect" to the Kentucky State motto, "United We Stand, Divided We Fall" and the Latin KY motto "Let us be grateful to God,"
the quartet's roots keep them patriotic to Kentucky past-times and tradition.
Another trait of the Bluegrass state, trademarked by the boys of Borrowed Blue, is their passion for basketball and acquired taste for bourbon. Matt, Brandon, Jay, Scottie and Jordan are all members of the same congregation as faithful UK fans who have developed a distinctive thirst for an age-old sporting event and indulgence.
"Kentucky Basketball is like a church; all four of us subscribe to the same Wildcat religion. In addition to our music, it's like no other bond," said Davis.
After hearing the deep coolness of Matt Cooper's undiscovered vocal ability as a consequence of a casual "guys night out," without contemplation, nor hesitation, Borrowed Blue was formed.
Cooper's vocals, and his stand as a lead singer, are as surprising as the prize found in the bottom of a Cracker Jack Box.
"Two short years ago, I really didn't know I could sing, or that I even wanted to be a singer. I was hanging with the guys, watching a game; they brought out their guitars and asked me to sing along. I think we all raised our eyebrows and scratched our heads. I have a personal relationship with a fellow Kentucky boy, Eddie Montgomery, who has encouraged me. That was the boost I needed," said Cooper.
With young spirits unbridled and an upbringing instilling love and confidence, the guys of Borrowed Blue are free to dream big, one and all, and they have an undeniable willingness and commitment to push beyond any boundaries. The question wasn't "Why?" But rather, "Why Not?" Sacrificing steady jobs and girl-steadies, there was no alternative to forging forward.
"In addition to truly being friends, our strongest link is our commitment to one another—that's what makes this band work," said Latham.
A band of brothers (and childhood friends), reigning as self- appointed kings of the Lake Cumberland region, the five man band is— in keeping with the saying—"something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue."
The "old" is an extraction from the sounds the young men grew up listening to (Metallica, Zeppelin, Skynyrd, George Thorogood, Garth Brooks and Keith Whitley), brought to life in "new" and contemporary Borrowed Blue fashion.
The foursome describes their music as Animal House "Blues" country— guaranteeing a good feelin' groove for a plain ole good time.
"Our unique personalities bring the group together to make it whole.
Matt is unwavering—'steady-as-she-goes,' Brandon is the ‘igniter,' a fined-tuned engine, Jordan has a calibrated mind—he's deliberate—and as the oldest, I think, I help to keep us grounded," said Gregory.
All living in a community with the lake as their playground, Matt, Brandon, Jordan, Scottie and Jay (ranging in age from 22 to 35) all have a natural affinity for life on the water and their way of life shines through in their music. As calm as the waters at sunset and as adrenaline-driven as mid-regatta, their lyrics are as "easy as a Sunday morning," yet light the room up like a barn burning. From party-cove to a blanket-for-two on the shore, Borrowed Blue has entertainment value that will make waves for years to come.
"Our goal is to create that ‘moment.' A moment in time that the listener may recall from the past, an in-the-now moment that they'll remember from this day forward, or a moment to move them to buy another ticket to come out and see us again. We just want to make music that's memorable and ‘touches' each and every listener," said Cooper.
Whether watching waves cresting the shore on a Friday evening or making an impression before a roaring crowd in a juke joint, Borrowed Blue takes the listener on a whimsical musical escape guaranteed to become a ‘moment' to recall—yesterday, today and all of your tomorrows.
"Concessions will be available, along with event t-shirts and we encourage everyone in the family that can to come out and enjoy a big night of music with Borrowed Blue. Bring a lawn chair and be prepared to have a fun time with friends and family," said Hutchinson.
The Car Show and Shine will start at 7 p.m., with nearly 30 cars and trucks participating in May, those numbers could be even bigger this month.
"We are working to secure more parking spots around the square and this month all participants will be eligible for one of two $50 gas cards that will be given away to registered entrants. We hope anyone that can will bring their classic cars out and add to what should be a great night downtown," said Hutchinson.
The event, sponsored by First Southern National Bank, will begin at
7 p.m. with concert starting at 8 pm and is free to all ages.