By LARRY VAUGHT
Maybe it is not quite as good as Christmas, but for Kentucky fan/country singer J.D. Shelburne there is nothing better than having the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament in Nashville like it is again this week.
He went to Indianapolis when UK opened the season losing to Duke. He came to Lexington to watch Kentucky beat Kansas and obviously was at Vanderbilt when the Cats won in Nashville.
“None of the teams scare me. It’s going to be Big Blue Nation taking over Tennessee again,” said Shelburne. “We can beat anybody. I am a lot more excited about this team than I was a year ago, and we won the (SEC) tournament then.”
Well, he was originally booked to be in San Diego performing this week. Instead, he shifted his schedule to make sure he was in Nashville where he’ll be performing three times starting with a solo set from 9-10:30 p.m. CST Thursday at Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant (500 Church St.). On Friday he’ll have his full band at Ole Red (300 Broadway) from 6-10 p.m. CST and then he’ll have a 2-6 p.m. CST show at Ole Red Sunday that starts when the SEC title game ends.
“It’s going to be blue all week,” Shelburne, a Simpsonville native, said. “Saturday we have folks coming down and we hope to go to the game. But the whole week will be great. I have fans at shows wearing Kentucky shirts that have never watched Kentucky play but they know I am such a huge UK fan they wear the gear.”
His wife, Amy, has not always been a Kentucky fan. Instead, she “once” was an Indiana fan.
“I have slowly converted her,” Shelburne said. “Now Amy is a huge Kentucky fan. She actually screams louder than I do at games. People don’t usually believe that, but it is true.”
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If you would like to check out Shelburne’s latest video — “One Less Girl” that is on his new album, “Two Lane Town” — that is on CMT and a single on the radio go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtkjuKNJf34.