Kentucky Wild Horse takes its name from an old eastern Kentucky fiddle tune played by Wolfe County fiddler Darley Fulks (1895-1990) who possessed a vast repertoire of pre-Civil War tunes. Kentucky music from the 19th century down to the present, especially its fiddle and banjo traditions, has been our love and our inspiration. Unlike most old-time bands today, we use instrumental solo breaks, fills, and harmonies rather than all the instruments playing the melody together. We collect and value fine old instruments and we like to hear their sounds coming through. We got it in us so let us pick! On the other hand, unlike most bluegrass bands today, we keep old-time Kentucky fiddle tunes at the center of our repertoire and gravitate toward older songs and newly-written songs that have that old-time feel.
John Harrod (guitar, fiddle, and vocals) has documented, recorded, and performed traditional music for more than 40 years. In the 1970s and ’80s, he played with a number of bands such as the Progress Red Hot String Band, the Bill Livers String Ensemble, and the Gray Eagle Band that re-introduced old-time musicians such as Bill Livers and Lily May Ledford to Kentucky audiences. During this time he also worked for three years as a folk artist-in-residence in Kentucky schools. Along with Mark Wilson and Guthrie Meade, he has produced a series of field recordings of Kentucky fiddle and banjo players that is available on Rounder Records. John received the 2004 Folk Heritage Award of the Governor’s Award in the Arts for his work in traditional music.