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Kentucky Department of Tourism Selects J.D. Shelburne for Cover of their Official 2020 Visitor’s Guide

J.D. Shelburne performs at Hometown Rising in Louisville. Photo: Wade Harris
J.D. Shelburne performs at Hometown Rising in Louisville. Photo: Wade Harris
J.D. Shelburne performs at Hometown Rising in Louisville. Photo: Wade Harris
J.D. Shelburne performs at Hometown Rising in Louisville. Photo: Wade Harris
J.D. Shelburne performers at Franklin Friday night concert series. Photo: Joe Imel

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Kentucky Department of Tourism is excited to announce that their 2020 Official Visitor’s Guide cover will feature Taylorsville, Kentucky, native, and Nashville country music recording artist J.D. Shelburne.

Known for his unwavering work ethic, the announcement comes on the heels of Shelburne wrapping up a very busy 2019 tour schedule, performing at more than 215 shows throughout his beloved home state of Kentucky, along with Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Nevada, and Tennessee, where he currently resides, just outside of Nashville.

“We are happy to partner with J.D. Shelburne for our 2020 Kentucky Visitor’s Guide,” said Don Parkinson, Secretary of the Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet. “He is a talented artist with a lot of passion for music and for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We look forward to a big year for Kentucky in 2020, and we thank J.D. for his partnership in helping to promote tourism in this state.”

The anticipated 2020 Visitor’s Guide cover will be unveiled during a special event set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 8, in the Kentucky State Capitol Rotunda. Shelburne will be on hand to help set the tone for Kentucky Tourism’s 2020 Year of Music. He will perform My Old Kentucky Home before the cover of the new visitor’s guide is unveiled, and his new song he wrote, Straight From Kentucky, after the ceremony.

The visitor’s guide serves as the main fulfillment piece for state tourism, with 400,000 copies printed and distributed worldwide to attract visitors to Kentucky. The guide shares travel tips, stories and regional highlights, while focusing on the main pillars of Kentucky tourism: music, bourbon, horses, culinary, outdoors, arts and history.

Shelburne is one of several Kentucky musicians to be featured in an all-new digital & social media series called ‘Sound Travels’ premiering in 2020.

“As a native of Kentucky, words can’t describe how honored and humbled I am to be selected for the cover of Kentucky’s Official Visitors Guide,” said Shelburne. “Growing up on my family’s farm, my love of this land stems from the values they instilled in me: a strong work ethic, a love of family, and having a passion for what you do. This is what has allowed me to connect with so many of my fans across this great state. My hometown of Taylorsville has provided me a huge platform to help share my story and chase down my dreams. I have been fortunate enough to be a part of many milestones throughout my career, and this is certainly one of my proudest moments. A very humble ‘thank you’ to the great folks at the Kentucky Department of Tourism for the opportunity for me to personally help share a little bit of Kentucky with the rest of the world!”

Shelburne Wrapping Up A Busy 2019 + New Music & New Shows On The Way For 2020
J.D. is wrapping up an extremely successful 2019 with headlining and featured performances at Hometown Rising Music FestivalCMA Music Festival,NASCAR’s Quaker State 400Kentucky Bourbon Festival50th Annual Street Rod Nationals at Freedom Hall, World Chicken Festival, and Somerset’s Moonlight FestivalCMT Music world premiere of his song She Keeps Me Up Night, which reached #3 on the CMT 12-Pack Countdown.

J.D. is already building out his 2020 tour schedule for what is sure to be another 200+ traveling roadshow that he’s built his reputation on. Shelburne is currently in the studio working on new music, and writing new songs alongside famed Nashville songwriters Mark NeslerCarson ChamberlainPhil O’Donnell and Marty Dodson. Much like he did in 2018, J.D. will release the new album in the summer of 2020 with another FREE show for his fans in his hometown of Taylorsville.

“Looking into 2020, I can’t wait for the release of my new album, and to share more music with my fans,” said Shelburne. “Each year, I continue to build upon my loyal fan base, meeting them in person and performing in cities that I have never been to before. The momentum for next year is already being built, yet I still have many goals to reach and new ground to cover. I anticipate 2020 to be the biggest year of my career yet, and would like to thank everyone around me who has supported my career to this point!”

J.D. Shelburne Shows and Appearances:
NOV 07 – Madlife Stage & Studios / Woodstock, Ga.
NOV 08 – Goodwood Brewing Company / Jeffersonville, Ind.
NOV 09 – New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater / New Albany, Ind.
NOV 10 – Ole Red / Nashville, Tenn.
NOV 11 – Ole Red / Nashville, Tenn.
NOV 14 – Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant / Murfreesboro, Tenn.
NOV 15 – Ole Red / Gatlinburg, Tenn.
NOV 16 – Ole Red / Gatlinburg, Tenn.
NOV 17 – Ole Red / Nashville, Tenn.
NOV 20 – Levee Restaurant / Louisville, Ky.
NOV 22 – Blind Squirrel / Louisville, Ky.
NOV 24 – Ole Red / Nashville, Tenn.
NOV 25 – Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant / Nashville, Tenn.
NOV 29 – Jeff Ruby’s / Lexington, Ky.
NOV 30 – Jeff Ruby’s / Lexington, Ky.
DEC 01 – The Bluebird Cafe / Nashville, Tenn.
DEC 02 – Ole Red / Gatlinburg, Tenn.
DEC 05 – The Crimson Moon / Dahlonega, Ga.
DEC 07 – Private Event / Louisville, Ky.
DEC 08 – Ole Red / Nashville, Tenn.
For JD’s complete schedule, please visit

About J.D. Shelburne:
Nashville-based country music artist J.D. Shelburne was raised on a tobacco farm in Taylorsville, Kentucky, just outside of Louisville. When J.D. was 19, he found a guitar after the death of his grandmother. He quickly learned how to play it, and began writing and singing songs on his own. By his sophomore year of college, he had found a few gigs at some local bars in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, area venues, developing a large base of fans along the way.

Fast forward to today, J.D.’s latest album Two Lane Town, is building upon his blossoming career as a modern country singer, songwriter and performer. His debut single and video for One Less Girl world premiered on CMT in 2018, and then went on to become a Top 30 Music Row charted song at country radio. CMT again world premiered his second song and video for She Keeps Me Up Nights in April 2019, which peaked at #3 of their 12 Pack countdown series.

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