Country artist J.D. Shelburne said he’s a farm boy at heart.
He learned the meaning of hard work as he grew up on a tobacco farm in Taylorsville. The work ethic he learned from his father and grandfather “molded him” into the man he is today.
Playing sports – something he excelled at – was easy compared to housing tobacco.
“It’s the hardest work there is,” he said.
He was a country music fan “his whole life,” but it wasn’t until after he graduated from Taylorsville High School that he discovered he had talent as a musician.
While he was attending the University of Kentucky, his grandmother died. The family had gathered to go through her belongings when he found a guitar that belonged to his uncle. He took it back to college with him, taught himself a few chords and before long was playing before crowds.
His parents promised to buy him a new guitar if he would sing at church. His first “professional” performance was at Taylorsville First Baptist Church in 2003. The song was “I Can Only Imagine” performed originally by MercyMe.
His parents were pleased – and they kept their word.
His uncle’s old guitar hangs in his room in his parent’s home in Taylorsville as a trophy.
More gigs followed and in 2008, Shelburne moved to Nashville to pursue his career. Since then, he has played with Kenny Chesney, Loretta Lynn, Bon Jovi and Steve Wariner and opened for Miranda Lambert, Clay Walker, Kellie Pickler, Aaron Tippin, Confederate Railroad, Josh Gracin, The Kentucky Headhunters, John Michael Montgomery and others.
He’s appeared in Country Weekly Magazine, Kentucky Monthly Magazine and Music Entertainment Magazine.
His first single, “Farmboy,” was released in 2012. “Grandma and Garth” was released in November.
LaRue Countians will have a chance to see him in person Aug. 10 as he performs at AGstravaganza, sponsored by LaRue County Farm Bureau.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free to anyone who has participated in a farm stop during the day. Others can purchase a ticket at the gate for $5.
It will be the first time he’s performed locally. The proximity to Taylorsville means his parents should be able to attend.
Both music and farming are “close to his heart,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to being part of this event ... and meeting new friends,” he added.
He will have a “meet and greet” with fans and merchandise will be available.
His next concert is Aug. 21 at the Kentucky State Fair with Montgomery Gentry.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/jdshelburne.
Farm Bueau meeting
The LaRue County Farm Bureau’s annual meeting is Aug. 10.
But you don’t have to be a member of Farm Bureau to take part in the agriculture-related activities that day.
Five farming operations – all members of Farm Bureau – are opening their gates to the public. Visitors can take in the sights and sounds of modern farming practices.
Several volunteers have spent months planning the event.
Tour locations are at Gaddie’s Hay and Cattle, Hinton’s Orchard and Farm Market, Homestead Family Farms, Lee’s Garden Center and Shady Rest Farm.
Dale Dobson, farm safety coordinator for the State Agriuclture Department, said LaRue County has “the best farmers” and AGstravanganza will “show why.”
“We put family and safety first,” he said.
Five tour stops are available between 1 and 4 p.m. Anyone who visits one of the sites will receive a ticket for a meal and concert at the end of the day.
The final event begins at 5 p.m. with food, bouncy houses and informational booths. The LaRue County Farm Bureau annual meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.
The final event opens at 5 p.m. at Fresh Start Farms, 4109 Sonora Road, Hodgenville. with a free petting zoo and trade show. Meal lines open also at 5 p.m.
Warren Beeler of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will speak at 6:30 p.m. A concert featuring upcoming country music performer J.D. Shelburne is at 7:30 p.m.
The event is free to those who participated in farm tour stops throughout the day, but additional concert tickets are available at the gate for only $5 per person. Food and beverages will also be available for sale.
Straw bales and a limited number of chairs will be available for the concert.
It is advisable to bring your own chair.
For more information, contact the Farm Bureau office at 270-358-3178.
If you go:
• Gaddie’s Hay and Cattle, 179 Hall Gaddie Road, Buffalo
• Hinton’s Orchard and Farm Market, 8631 Campbellsville Road, Hodgenville
• Homestead Family Farms, 7500 Stiles Road, Howardstown
• Lee’s Garden Center Florist and Gift Shop, 1918 Bardstown Road, Hodgenville
• Shady Rest Farms, 522 Shady Rest Road, Hodgenville.
• Fresh Start Farms, 4109 Sonora Road, Hodgenville