Posted by: Nick | May 21, 2008

Kentucky Prophet Takes 5 for Kentucky

This week Mike Farmer aka Kentucky Prophet takes five for Kentucky.  Half rapper, half comedian, half entertainer, half prophet (he is a big guy), Farmer provides his fans with a one-of-a-kind show.  He will be back in Louisville on July 12th as part of the Lebowski Fest Garden Party (4pm).  Don’t miss it (he will be joined by Louisville’s Snow Monster, Mike Doughty from Soul Coughing and others TBA).   Here are his responses…


1. Where in KY did you grow up?
Fordsville, Kentucky which is in Ohio County. It’s a half-hour south of Owensboro. I spent the majority of my life in Fordsville.

2. When did you start performing? Did you ever have a different band or project?
I started performing in 1997. I had a few different projects over the years. Mr. Neutron was sort of the proto-Prophet, and I did that from 1997-2002. There was also briefly a group called The College Widows which lasted for about a year in ’01-’02. Since 2004 I’ve been in Technology Vs. Horse and since ’02 or so I’ve been doing Kentucky Prophet.

3. First show you played in Kentucky (plus any details you remember about it)?
September 5th, 1997. It was the Studio Jam ’97 at the Owensboro Sportscenter. This was as Mr. Neutron. It meant so much to me to finally go out there and do it, because I had always wanted to play onstage. The whole buildup to that first show was so intense and just playing felt great. A wonderful cathartic experience.

4. First show outside of Kentucky…how did you book it?
The spring of ’98. I played at the Abyss in Evansville, Indiana, which was a bookstore/clothing store that had weekend shows in the corner. I called them up and they seemed pretty interested in me. Occasionally, I still see Doug (who ran the store) and he still seems to have too drank too much speedcoffee.

5. Favorite Kentucky band?
The two-fifths of the Backstreet Boys from Kentucky (Chuck and Hohoq). That is not a snark answer, by the way.

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