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Backstage Pass

Our stripped-back live music series that connects you with the artist in an intimate listening room space. We celebrate the rich local and regional community of singer/songwriters by making each performance a unique sonic experience for both viewer and performer.

Josh CoffeyJosh Coffey is a multi-instrumentalist that wears many hats in the music industry.  Aside from performing regularly with the band The Wheelhouse Rousters, Coffey also composes, produces recordings, and teaches private music lessons at his music studio Time on the String.  Incredibly varied in his musical aptitude, Coffey is easily at home in orchestral settings, string quartets, string bands, jazz ensembles and rock-based bands. You might find him performing in theaters, at bluegrass & folk festivals, on the country western stage, in rockabilly honky tonks or on paddlewheel riverboats.

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Chloe Kimes

Chloe Kimes, a singer-songwriter based in Nashville who is defining the next generation of folk-singing troubadours, will play a Backstage Pass concert at the Clemens Fine Arts Center (CFAC) at West Kentucky Community and Technical College December 9 at 7:30 p.m. 

Kimes, who moved to Nashville in 2016, is known for her old-soul sensibility for storytelling in an energetic and vivacious alt-country style. At the December 9 concert, Kimes and her band are sure to capture the CFAC audience at first listen. 

A midwest native, born and raised in northern Michigan, Kimes grew up with bluegrass festivals and family harmony. With over a decade of performing in various bands already under her belt, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music business from Middle Tennessee State University.

She pulls influence from the robust acoustic music community in her Nashville home, as well as from her backwoods, Michigan roots. She is unbound by genre as she consistently navigates a delicate balance between the raw emotions of sorrow and happiness with heartfelt, unwavering vocals. 

Recognized by NPR’s Emerging Artist Spotlight in 2022 as one of the 10 Nashville Artists on the Rise, Kimes’s debut album, “Chloe Kimes Out Now,” is a sincere reflection of the artist, and with music as homegrown as its writer. Kimes and her band are not to be missed. 

The Backstage Pass series connects the audience with artists in an intimate listening room atmosphere. The audience sits on the CFAC stage for a more up-close, personal experience.

For tickets to the Chloe Kimes concert in the CFAC, visit artsinfocus.org or call 270-534-3212. Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door. 

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Chloe Kimes | Nashville Americana Artist | Chloe Kimes Music

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Luke Taylor Image

Luke Taylor has spent a lifetime honing his craft as a multi-instrumentalist. Born and raised in southern Illinois, Taylor traveled across the river to Paducah, where he truly found his home musically as a vital part of the local music scene. Over the past 12 years, he developed his personal sound while playing with The Cuttin’ Jessies, Leonard The Band, and The Living Room, culminating in the recent release of his solo album Filbo. The album and his EP are available on all major streaming platforms. 

Taylor’s intrinsic ability to express understated emotion shines through his songwriting. Backed by a full band, his arrangements and unexpected tones create a complex and compelling sound that’s fresh while simultaneously reminiscent of days gone by.

With wide-ranging influences including Tom Petty, Wilco, The Cars, Electric Light Orchestra, and The Beatles, it’s no surprise his music displays the confident, experimental sounds of 60s Rock-n-Roll with more intimate folk and indie-inspired undercurrents. 

Don’t miss Luke Taylor as he takes the Clemens Fine Arts Center stage with his band live on the West Kentucky Community and Technical College campus.

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Abraham Partridge

Abe Partridge is multi-dimensional artist. He is a heralded musician, singer/songwriter, visual artist, and podcaster based in Mobile, Alabama. American Songwriter Magazine said, “Abe Partridge has established himself as one of the most respected songwriters and visual folk artists in the southeast.” He developed a reputation for moving, passionate, and sometimes comedic, performances at prestigious songwriter festivals such as 30A Songwriters Festival and Americanafest. He is a regular at the Bluebird Café in Nashville and Eddie’s Attic in Decatur. He has performed on the syndicated radio programs, Mountain Stage and Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour. Abe has toured relentlessly with his music both nationally and internationally. His visual art has been in galleries all over the US, in Europe, and in private collections of many including Mike Wolfe (American Pickers) and Tyler Childers. His podcast, Alabama Astronaut, explores the undocumented music of serpent-handling churches in Appalachia and hit the top ten documentary podcasts on Apple Podcasts within days of its release. 

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Abe Partridge

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ClemensFAC@kctcs.edu | (270) 534-3212