Bringing in some home-state talent for his inauguration.
Kentucky governor Andy Beshear was recently elected to a second term, after the Democrat incumbent beat his Republican challenger, state Attorney General Daniel Cameron.
And this week, the state announced the lineup for Beshear’s upcoming inauguration, which will include a performance by Kentucky native Tyler Childers.
According to Beshear, he’s gotten to know Childers after he performed at an Appalachian Regional Commission conference, and the governor praised the singer and songwriter for serving as an ambassador for the Bluegrass State:
“What we’re seeing right now is, whether it is in entertainment or in other areas, so many Kentuckians not only succeeding but really proud of being a Kentuckian.
And I think that’s really important, as we are rewriting our history and we’re writing a new future.”
The performance from Childers will be accompanied by a reading from Silas House, who was recently named Kentucky Poet Laureate and who wrote the video for Childers’ recent single “In Your Love,” which showcases the relationship between two gay coal miners.
Beshear said Childers, who recently released his album Rustin’ In the Rain and received five Grammy Award nominations, including nods for Best Country Album and a nomination for Best Country Song for “In Your Love,” praised Childers as a special talent for the state of Kentucky:
“With him up for a Grammy this year, what a great story it says about Kentucky and Kentuckians, and the talent that we have here. Tyler’s music…is so unique, and I think that’s a pretty special thing for this state.”
Beshear will officially be inaugurated for his second term on December 12.