Murray, KY. Paducah band Gideon’s Rifle emerged victorious as the winner of the first ever WKMS Battle of the Bands finale hosted by Maiden Alley Cinema on March 27. Audience voting was tabulated after the four finalists each performed a three song set. The bands played to a sold-out crowd and Gideon’s Rifle returned to the stage for an encore once they were announced as the winner.
The finalists who also performed that night included The Drunken Poets, Murray; Float As The Ghost, Portland, TN and Bowling Green, KY; and the Evan Webb Band, McClure, IL, Paducah, Caruthersville and Cape Girardeau, MO.
Gideon’s Rifle receives a three-day recording session at King Sound Studio in Paducah and will perform live on WKMS during the mid-day music and community conversation program Sounds Good this Friday, April 4. The band members include Shannon Vetter (guitar), Alex Coltharp (banjo), Kimberly McDaniel (mandolin), Jake Siener (bass), Josh Coffey (violin), and Byron Farrar (cello).
Program Director Tracy Ross says, “The WKMS Battle of the Bands was more of a success than we’d anticipated. Many quality bands entered and almost one thousand people participated by voting and by attending the finals at Maiden Alley Cinema. It’s obvious that local music is important to our region. We plan to do this again.”
A full schedule of WKMS programming is available online at wkms.org. The station serves listeners in the Four Rivers Region of western Kentucky, southernmost Illinois and northwestern Tennessee with non-stop news and music. Stations include 91.3 WKMS-FM, Murray; WKMS HD-1 and All-Music HD-2; 90.9 WKMD and WKMD HD-1 and HD-2, Madisonville; 89.5 WKMT, Fulton; and All-Music 92.5 Paducah and 105.1 Madisonville. WKMS also offers both channels WKMS HD-1 and HD-2 at wkms.org, where program schedules and more are available. Information’s also available at 1-800-599-4737.