Two college students will be part of the Backstreet Boys, for a night, at Kentucky Music Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Ceremony
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2015) – College students Josh Turner and Carson McKee were just goofing off when they posted a video on YouTube of them performing a cover song… they never would have guessed it would even be seen. But by a fortunate stroke of serendipity, their bluegrass version of pop mega-hit, “Larger Than Life,” by The Backstreet Boys caught the attention of one of the boy band’s own, Lexington native Kevin Richardson, and the rest is Kentucky music history.
In an effort to pay tribute to the Bluegrass State, Richardson and his fellow Lexington-born cousin and band mate Brian Littrell, contacted Turner and McKee and invited them to bring their stand-out ‘bluegrass’ talent to tonight’s Kentucky Music Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Ceremony, where Richardson and Littrell are among eight honorees being inducted at the Lexington Center’s Bluegrass Ballroom.
The two will join Richardson and Littrell on stage to perform their pickin’ and grinnin’ version of “Larger Than Life,” along with Backstreet’s “I Want It That Way.”
“The 1999 Backstreet Boys album ‘Millennium’ was the first CD that was mine, that wasn’t in my parents’ library,” McKee, 21, a senior at UNC Chapel Hill told the Charlotte Observer. “They were a huge part of my pop music/cultural upbringing. So it’s surreal that our worlds are colliding in the way, now, in 2015.”
The performance will be one of others from artists like Montgomery Gentry, Halfway to Hazard, The Moonglows, Larry Cordle, and comedian Pete Stamper, who will also be inducted during the 2015 ceremony, to pay tribute to all throughout history who have contributed to the state’s rich musical heritage.
On a break from the group’s ‘In A World Like This Tour’, Richardson and Littrell return home to the Bluegrass tonight to accept their prestigious honor from the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.
For more information on the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Ceremony, visit kentuckymusicmuseum.com/induction.html. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling 877-356-3263 or 606-256-1000.