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Hope you are all doing well, as you can see, I have been nominated for several Josie Music Awards. Tomorrow(September 1st), I will be  at WKYR radio in Burkesville, Kentucky from 2-3 p.m. CMT for interview, spinning some tunes and doing a few unplugged songs. The next day on Saturday, the 2nd, we will be headlining the Monroe County Watermelon festival in Tompkinsville, KY.  Hope to see you out if you are in the area!

Lightnin Rod

In the last mailing we told you that we had been recently nominated for placement in the Akademia Music Awards Hall of Fame. We are pleased to announce that we infact, have been inducted into the hall. the ceremonial induction will happen at the next gala in May of next year in Los Angeles. Thank you for your support.

Hey everybody, hope you are doing well. Usually it is said that the best is saved for last, well not this time. I was nominated recently for the Akademia Music Awards Hall of Fame. the nomination came on July 29 at the awards Gala in Los Angeles. (Check out the attached video link to watch, 

The work continues on the new album (working in the Nashville area). We should be starting mixdown by fall. I'm very excited about this group of songs to say the least. a lot of love & sweat is going into this project. 

You can find us performing at the Strawberry Festival in Tompkinsville, KY on September 2nd. The following Saturday on September 9th, we are proud to be part of the great line-up at “The Burg Blues Festival” in Brownsburg, Indiana. Stay tuned to my webpage for further updates. 

We have added new ladies' tees to our apparel store. We have several Facebook pages. we would appreciate it if you could give us a like at “Lightnin Rod & the Thunderbolts”, and also “Friends Who Like Lightnin Rod & the Thunderbolts”, 

Until next time, 

The Music is Alright, 




Greetings! Time sure is flying by. I want to update you on our busy activities. I was recently honored by being awarded the Rampage Music Award for Best Blues Song of the year,  "Homebound Blues"! This is the third award for the song, (about the Covid pandemic). Speaking of awards, I have been nominated for three Josie Music Awards, "Artist of the Year", "Male Songwriter of the Year",  & "Musician of the Year/Guitar".  I was also nominated for three ISSA Awards, "Male Songwriter of the Year", "Band of the Year" & Male Single of the Year for my Christmas song, "It's Christmas." In addition there are eight nominations for the FPCM Awards in Europe (Holland).

We will be appearing locally (Southern Kentucky) for Bike Night at Wildcat Harley Davidson in London, KY on Friday, May 26th.  You can check my webpage for further info. On Saturday, June 3rd, you can catch us for the first time ever at the Germantown Blues Festival in Louisville.

Work on the new album is moving along slowly but surely. I was recently at a studio in the Nashville area recording parts for three songs. All the basic rythum tracks for eleven songs are now complete. Keep watching for updates.

Until then, the Music is Alright!

Lightnin Rod




Where did this year go? It seems like it moved very fast, and Christmas and a New Year are upon us. 

The new Christmas song I wrote came out on November 14th, and several radio stations around the world are playing it. We finished the month of November #3 on the APD Radio Album Chart. We are currently holding at the #9 position. 

Just a couple more dates to play in this year. If you would like us to come to your area, please contact me for details. 

I have spent the past couple of weeks recording vocals and guitar on some new tracks. Don't forget to check out the store on my webpage. There are several different styles and colors of T-shirts, as well as ball caps. All the music is available for download as well as, physical copies of all the CD's. 

We look forward to an exciting new year. Until then, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! Thank for your support and friendship. 

Lightnin Rod

Red Carpet Awards

Greetings! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving with family & Friends. I'm sure all of us raised our caloric intake for a few days! The new holiday classic, "IT'S CHRISTMAS" was released on November 14th, and has made it to #38 on the Holiday Radio chart. You can hear & download it directly from my webpage. 

Speaking of the charts, "Kentucky Mojo" went to #3 on the radio rock chart, and currently holding for several days at the #5 position. We also moved to #3 on the album charts. 

Our touring has slowed down until spring with only two shows scheduled for December. In the meantime, there is writing & recording new material, as well as, working on the 2023 booking calendar. If you would like to see us in your area, don't hesitate to let me know. 

And now some big news, as the picture shows, I just received two Red Carpet Music Awards from Europe. The first is "Most Appreciated Artist of the Year(all genres). The second was for Best Original Rock Song, "Kentucky Mojo". This is indeed a honor. Make sure to go to webpage, to see the merchandise. Several styles and colors of the t-shirts, ball caps and all of my CD releases. All the songs are also available for download. They all make great gifts just in time for Christmas. 

Until next time, 

"The Blues Is Alright" 

Lightnin Rod

2021 Josie Music Awards

2021 Josie Music Awards