Strike a Chord with J.D. Shelburne and other musicians this fall

Music is in the air in Shelby County this fall. From festival to coffeehouse, vineyard to distillery, music soars all over Simpsonville and Shelbyville.

The 28th Annual Simpsonville Fall Festival takes place in Fred Wiche Park on Saturday, Sept. 9. Headlining the all-day event? Music, and lots of it – everything from alternative, pop, rock and dance music to the melodies of dozens of voices joined together from local choirs.

The Habit entertains at the Simpsonville Fall Festival

Presented by ShelbyKY, the festival begins with a tasty Purnell Sausage Country Breakfast and concludes with a free movie in the park beneath the stars. In between are a rousing parade and several new events, including a Nascar Pit Stop Simulator, pony rides, cake walk and car cruise, plus kid fave inflatables and carnival games.

Simpsonville Fall Festival Parade

On Sept. 14, the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce presents Taste & Tunes, a casual evening that brings together over 25 vendors, featuring fantastic local food and, this being Kentucky, plenty of bourbon. Classic rock variety band Act III entertains.

Crowds gather for Taste & Tunes

Elsewhere in the county, Jeptha Creed Distillery hosts Jammin’ at Jeptha every Friday night. Join the musicians on the patio for great live music accompanied by delicious food truck nibbles and craft cocktails from the Jeptha Creed bar. It’s old-timey tunes coupled with pizza crepes and burgers; country rock ‘n roll paired with gourmet chicken.

Sweet N’ Savory pizza crepe

Then, on Sept. 22, a special evening with J.D. Shelburne and band is planned that includes a Meet and Greet and an Autograph Signing following the concert. Tickets: $15/advance; $20/door. Four Moore’s and Sweet N’ Savory food trucks will be on the grounds from 5 to 9 p.m.

J.D. Shelburne

One of Kentucky’s fastest rising stars, Shelburne grew up on a mixture of country, church gospel and pop rock music, forging his own sound along the way. He has performed with over 50 national acts, ranging from stars such as Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan and Jamey Johnson to Kellie Pickler, Steve Wariner and Johnny Lee.

Visit Jeptha Creed’s events page for more information and to see the music lineup for October.

Free concerts take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturdays at Talon Winery. Sip award-winning Kentucky wine while listening to classic rock, acoustic funk, jazz and other musical styles and enjoying sweeping views of the countryside. Visit Talon’s events page for band lineup.

Double Down features Rainer Hoyer on guitar

and Bill Bench on guitar, mandolin and harmonica

Harvest Coffee &Café is a community-focused café that serves local whole foods and gourmet coffee and features a one-of-a-kind bourbon and craft beer bar in the heart of downtown. In this chill atmosphere is live music almost every Friday and Saturday evening. Local and regional bands and house musicians offer performances that ricochet from hard driving blues to traditional and modern country, rock, soul, Motown and more. Contact the café for more info: 502-633-8090 or

Sophie Deaton performs at Harvest Café.

Photo: Cheryl Van Stockum