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Published on Sep 18, 2017

The mountains of eastern Kentucky have always been known to be the home of some of the best musical talent of anywhere in the country.  That rings true for Big Sandy Singers and Band member Colby O’Bryan. 

Colby always loved music and taught himself to play the drums at age nine which eventually led to singing, and later teaching himself the guitar and bass.  In 2015 Big Sandy Idol came to his alma mater Allen Central High School, he tried out but won honorable mention.  Colby loved music, his senior year 2016, was his year.  Colby won at the school level which earned him a coveted spot in the regional Big Sandy Idol competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

“I can play in front of large crowds but I am a really shy person which shocks a lot of people, but I have always loved music, after teaching myself the drums I wanted to learn bass and guitar so I taught myself those too” said Colby O’Bryan “I didn’t have a sense of pitch but I had a good sense of rhythm” His biggest influences have been Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Stevie Ray Vaughn, blues and 80’s hair bands to name a few.

O’Bryan got interested in Kentucky Opry Jr. Pros and decided to try out.  He walked in carrying drum sticks in his back pocket, a bass, a guitar and a pedal board on his shoulder and auditioned with the Kansas tune of Carry On my Wayward son.   

“The judges asked me if I was a one man band” O’Bryan said with a laugh, “I said well I guess I am.”

 “Colby is a very talented musician and vocalist and we are so lucky to have him as a member of the Jr. Pros said Clayton Case “MAC Executive Director. 

O’Bryan made his debut with the Kentucky Opry Junior Pros and enjoys performing, he’s also opened for bands such as Stryper and KISS tribute band “Dressed to Kill” and was invited to audition for America’s Got Talent.  O’Bryan has also performed with Jenny Wiley Theatre in their production of School of Rock.  Colby was also named Musician of the Year in Floyd County in 2016.

Colby is finishing his album, Breaking Chains which is due out at the end of September.  Recently Colby has been named as the opening act for Bret Micheals on October 1st at The Forum in Hazard.