Pickin' On The Porch

Singer Bales to perform at
Knock on Wood’s concert series

The Henry County, Ky., native began writing songs at 19

Pickin' On The Porch

• 6-9 p.m. at Knock on Wood, 7001 Main St., in Westport, Ky.
Upcoming Concerts:
July 27: The CMN Trio
Aug. 31: Robby Cox
• Sept. 28: Lorie Jane & Cort Duggins
(502) 222-4200

WESTPORT, Ky. (June 2019) – Jordan Bales likes country music, old or new. This talented artist will bring his unique sound to Knock on Wood’s Pickin’ on the Porch concert series in Westport, Ky., this month. Adept at acoustic guitar and piano, “I perform my own original songs mixed in with covers,” said the Henry County, Ky., native.
“I started writing songs when I was about 19,” he said. “Not long after that, I decided to try out in front of people.” The crowds liked what they heard because he soon began to start booking venues. I learned a few cover songs to go along with my own. Some of my first shows were in local bars and restaurants, where I would play for two to three hours for tips and something to eat.”
Bales can often be found performing with his friend, Scott Mitchell, who plays lead guitar. Bales’ sister, Moriah Hunter, lends her vocals to the band as well.
He said he plays quite a bit at Karem’s Grill & Pub in Norton Commons. His next show there is June 14 He will also perform at the Henry County Harvest Showcase in New Castle, Ky., on July 27.
Although he doesn’t have any CDs out at this time, Bales said he is working on releasing a new album sometime this summer. He works as a technician at Earl Floyd Ford in Carrollton, Ky.
Bales will be the second act to perform in the 2019 Pickin’ on the Porch summer concert series, held at Knock on Wood & Café, 7001 Main St. in Westport. The series kicked off on May 25 with Louisville duo, The Serenades.
Bales will entertain the crowd from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 29. It’s a great way to slow down and enjoy the long summer evenings, says owner Lea Nachtman.

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Jordan Bales will perform in June at Knock on Wood.

During the summer months, visitors to these concerts can enjoy front porch sitting fun the last Saturday of the month from May through September. Food is provided by Knock on Wood & Cafe, and for the over 21 crowd wine will be available from Little Kentucky River Winery and beer by Mile Wide Beer. In the past, food favorites have included Blue Bell ice cream shakes and ice cream pies.
For the 2019 concert series, Nachtman said, “We fired up our outdoor grill one night a month May to September. Last year we served street tacos, shish kabobs and cheese burgers with all the typical fixings.”
With this series she likes to “mix it up each month and serve items not found on our lunch menu. We always include a vegetarian option.” She found that “adding live music to the evening just made sense.”
Pickin’ On The Porch “gives us a broader audience and allows folks to visit us in the evening rather than just at lunch, or breakfast on Saturdays,” she said. And since “our Cafe is relatively small, putting it all together outside was the only way to make it work.”
Nachtman continued, “We started offering live music four years ago, but what is officially known as Pickin’ On The Porch began in 2017.” She said that the series has been “very well received and it is so exciting to watch it grow.
As to the musical choices for each year, “they have varied over the past. Some have been chosen based on recommendations from friends.
Others were picked because of their hometown appeal,” she said.
A portion of the proceeds from each concert will benefit the Oldham County History Center in La Grange. “We began fundraising last year as a way to have a broader reach in the community and chose to select organizations that have a direct impact on Oldham County,” said Nachtman.
“This year, I am excited to be working with Nancy Theiss and the Oldham County Historical Society. I know she will offer something unique and different to each event.”
In addition, “as part of the community outreach, there is no admission fee.” A portion of the sales from the beer and wine sold at the event will be given directly to the Historical Society.
Next year, Knock On Wood will celebrate 20 years in Westport. The cafe is only eight years old “but is a direct result of our increasing popularity,” she said. “People love having a quaint place to gather and fellowship. They also enjoy shopping for a bit of home decor or picking out a new dress or top from our expanding boutique.”

Visitors to Westport need to be aware that bridge construction is taking place on West Hwy. 524 and traffic will be detoured into downtown Westport.

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