County Wide present members of the Wound Warrior Project with a Plaque and a check for $500


LONDON, KY -- County Wide was proud to honor and show support of the Wounded Warrior Project by presenting a plaque containing a hand signed commerative poster, cd artwork and single release of “Tastes like America” and a $500 check to Colonel Jack Morgan and Jason Kumfer on Thursday, September 24th at the World Chicken Festival.

Tastes Like America is a single released July 4th of this year from their debute album “Justice in the South”. The song is about the brave individuals who fought for their country, some giving the ultimate sacrifice. In efforts to commemorate veterans, County Wide asked fans to submit images of veterans for a poster project that was signed by the band and sold to raise money and awareness to the Wounded Warrior Project. A limited amount of 100 posters were printed and sold at $5 a piece, the $500 raised was given in full to support the Wounded Warrior Project.

Aron Bunch, County Wide lead singer and songwriter, said: “ I wrote this song as a tribute to my father, a Vietnam Veteran who is a true American Hero. I wanted to write something that told his story, his prespective.” Colonel Jack Morgan also said “We can’t thank County Wide and their fans enough for the support they have been to the Veterans. Its important we don’t forget about them and what they gave. It was a great night of music but the heart touching part of our night was seeing those hundreds of people standing and clapping showing their appreciation. What a great night.”

County Wide films first professional music video during NIBROC

Homegrown band County Wide took the 66th annual NIBROC Festival as a chance to film the band's first professional music video with a film crew from Nashville. Fans filled Main Street in front of the main stage on Saturday night with signs showing support for the band and a chance to make it in the music video. County Wide is no stranger to NIBROC, having played the event last year. Aron Bunch as lead vocalist and guitarist, Anthony Campbell on bass guitar, Steven Standifer on lead guitar and Travis Clem on drums make up the band.

Benefit concert being held Sunday for Whitley Co. High School senior

CORBIN — “He’s a super kid, very smart and active in numerous school activities,” Anthony Campbell said about his nephew Jared Wilson adding that his mental strength is unbelievable and inspirational.

Wilson, a Whitley County High School senior diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer just three months ago, is already hoping to raise funds for others like him who have been diagnosed with childhood cancer.

Campbell, the bass player for popular, local band County Wide said as soon as Wilson was diagnosed he instantly started thinking about a benefit concert for Wilson. Campbell said when he approached Wilson about it, Wilson was in agreement with it on the condition that some of the proceeds could go to other children at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

A benefit concert for Wilson and other childhood cancer patients will be held Sunday at the Corbin Center behind Speedway and Applebee's. The concert will be from 6 to 9 p.m. and will feature County Wide, Frontier and Eight Daze Sober.

Campbell said there is no charge for the concert but donations will be accepted. T-shirts will also be available for purchase at the concert and free wristbands will be given out. A silent auction and raffle will also be set up during the concert event.

As for Wilson’s cancer, Campbell said as soon as they caught it, they started treatment and surgery.

Campbell said the doctors seem to be very optimistic.

“The tumors have significantly reduced,” Campbell said. “He’s still got a little ways to go but it seems chemo and everything is going good.”

Wilson has been the one trying to keep everyone else together, according to Campbell who said Wilson’s strength is inspirational. Campbell said he’s always been the kind of kid that’s not worried about himself but everyone else.

“The amount of community support has been unbelievable,” Campbell added.

Benefit sponsors include 104.3 EZ Country, Party Palace, Medlinaround Productions, The Tint Shop, Sav-Rite Home Care, Bubby's BBQ, Watson's Waterproofing, Goobers Auto Repair, WD Bryant's, Sadie's Place Bulldogs, Powers Auto Service, Disability Professionals, Tri-County Cycle, Corbin Flower Shop, Total Electric, Kentucky Outdoorsmen, Searching for Deals Central Automotive, Napa Auto Parts(Williamsburg) Corbin Pharmacy, Southeast Auto, Don and Nancy Freitag, David and Regina Huff, Pepsi, Corbin Wellness Center, Corbin Arena, Renfro Valley, Finley's Fun Center, Pro-Tec Roofing, Harley Davidson, Betty's Flowers Cracker Barrel of London and Corbin, Tri-County Cineplex, Regency Cinema, O'Reilly Auto Parts of Corbin, Advance Auto of south Corbin, Perfect Pixie Boutique, Colonel Market, Heavenly Pizza, Gondolier, Buffalo Wings & Rings, Hibbmers Jewelry, Johnny Wheels, PS Creations, Karen Vanover, and Wade Cobb.

Former American Idol contestant, County Wide to play at NIBROC

American Idol contestant Elvie Shane Payton was announced this week as one of the musical acts to take the main stage at the 2016 NIBROC Festival in downtown Corbin. He will be the opening act for returning festival favorite County Wide on the Friday of the festival.

The main NIBROC Festival is scheduled for Aug. 10-13 this year. Carnival rides will be available starting Aug. 8.

Payton, a Grayson County native who now lives in Monticello, competed on the final season of American Idol in 2015. HeÕd first done an audition for The Voice in Los Angeles, but was not selected.

His luck on American Idol was a little better, however, and he was selected by judges and given a “golden ticket” to go through to the next round of competition.

Payton does shows these days with The Elvie Shane Band and specializes in rock and country.

“I’m here to bring it when I sing it!” Payton says via his Facebook page. “The deeper I get into a life of music the better life gets.”

“He’s got a lot of charisma and plays the type of music that I think is perfect for a festival atmosphere,” said Bruce Carpenter, Executive Director of the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the organization that plans the festival.

“He made an impression on the American Idol judges for a reason. I think people will see why if they come to NIBROC to watch him play.”

The Elvie Shane Band is expected to take the main stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12. They will be the opening act for country/rock sensation County Wide. The group is touring to support the release of their latest album “Justice in the South.” It contains previously released singles “Keep on Shifting,” “Tastes Like America” and “One More Round.”

The album can be purchased on the iTunes store.

Popular local country/rock quartet County Wide will headline on the main stage Friday, Aug. 12.

“Home grown” in southeastern Kentucky, the band consists of: Anthony Campbell, on bass guitar and vocals; Aaron Bunch, guitar and vocals; Steven Standifer, guitar and vocals; and Travis Clem on drums.

“County Wide has been playing a lot of places and has cultivated a real following around the state,” Carpenter said. “We are glad to have them back. I think people really enjoyed the band last year. They are a very talented group of guys.”

For the first time in several years, the NIBROC Idol talent competition will take place. Audition CDs are currently being accepted by KD Country 99.5 FM. According to Monica Wilkie, a sales representative with the radio station, the top ten from auditions submitted will be selected to perform on the NIBROC Main Stage beginning Thursday night of the festival. Semifinalists will perform Friday night, with finalists performing and winners announced Saturday.

Top contestants will receive cash prizes. For more information, contact KD Country at 606-528-6617.

The NIBROC Festival is the annual community festival for the city of Corbin. It is held along Depot Street and includes live music, a carnival, vendors, a parade, volleyball tournament, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, cornhole tournament, a 2-mile road race and other activities.