The event will mark the first performance in his home county by Kuttawa native Luke Cunningham and his rock band based in Charleston S.C.
“We’re really excited to welcome Luke home after all his success in South Carolina,” said Mandy Carney, co-owner of Eddy Creek Marina Resort and host of Thunder.
Cunningham said he’s honored to be playing his hometown’s biggest annual Independence Day celebration and firework display—Thunder Over Eddy Bay.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been more honored or excited to play a show,” he said. “I grew up here and remember watching the fireworks every Fourth of July at Eddy Creek since I was a kid. To be able to return and share the music I’ve been making for the last 10 years with old friends, family and the folks I grew up with is surreal.”
The concert and festivities begin at 5 p.m. and are “a welcomed break in the middle of a busy summer” Cunningham said. While touring the Southeast, Cunningham and his band are recoding the follow-up to his 2011 release, “Heart Pressure.” The band garnered two radio hits with “Songs About California” and “For The Best,” and the latter’s music video features imagery of Cunningham’s western Kentucky hometown.
“Heart Pressure” brought Cunningham critical acclaim among his Carolina contemporaries. Charleston City Paper nominated him as 2012 ‘Songwriter of The Year’ and The Charleston Post and Courier followed suit by naming the album as one of the ‘Top 5 Records of 2012.’
For most of 2012-13 Cunningham has toured along with such national acts as Donovan Frankenreiter, Drivin N Cryin, Carbon Leaf, ALO and Old Crow Medicine Show. He also spent last November in Los Angeles after being chosen one of 14 songwriters nationally to attend the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ 2012 Lester Sills Songwriting Workshop.
“A lot has happened since I moved away from western Kentucky,” Cunningham said. “Music has allowed me to do a lot of exciting things, see a lot of amazing places and seek out some unreal opportunities. To be able to take the stage with my band mates in my hometown and play songs that were literally inspired by the awesome people and places surrounding us is something that’s going to be very special to me.”
The hard work however doesn’t end when Cunningham leaves the stage. Aside from writing his own material, he also owns, operates and administrates his own music publishing company Crackerwatch Music formed in 2008. The company has had songs placed in multiple international films and television programs and in May, a handful of Cunningham’s own tunes were featured in the reality show Rescue Vet when it debuted on Animal Planet HD in Europe.
He said the project was as “challenging as it was fulfilling—and even a bit humorous.”
“It’s one of the many beauties of music,” Cunningham said. “When you write a song, there’s literally no boundaries, borders or limits to who may hear it or where it might end up.”