Louisville's oldest nightclub will welcome one of the youngest musical groups ever to play there, when Jetset Getset takes the stage at the historic Phoenix Hill Tavern on January 17.
The Indiana-based country music band, which recently released the album "Saturday Night" (Playback Records), has been compared by some critics to a younger version of the Dixie Chicks. The group is comprised primarily of teenagers: 15-year-old singers Tori Little, Avery Eliason and Sadie Loveland; lead guitarist Jason Owens, 16; rhythm guitarist Justen Jette, 15; bass guitarist Paul Kelley, 17; drummer Gillian Bowman, 13; and keyboard player Terry Ranck, the only adult who performers regularly with Jetset Getset.
Although younger artists have sung at Phoenix Hill Tavern's annual Great Chili Cookoff, Jetset Getset's appearance will mark the first time such a young group has performed on a regular evening, before an adult audience. It will also be the second concert performance with Jetset Getset by Bowman, who is from Boone County, Kentucky. She joined Jetset Getset after the band's previous drummer left for personal reasons.
"Gillian Bowman is amazing," said Kelli Jette, manager of Jetset Getset. "She is a 13-year-old girl who plays as well as most male drummers twice her age. We are very excited to have her in Jetset Getset."
Bowman's passion for drumming is not surprising. She is the daughter of Ron and Kathy Bowman, owners of Bowman Music & Creative Outlet, a well-known music school in Burlington, Kentucky. She has been studying drums since the age of 4, under the tutelage of her father, who spent 20 years working with national acts such as The Tokens ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), Leslie Gore ("It's My Party") and The Reflections ("Just Like Romeo and Juliet").
"My parents have taught me everything they know," Bowman said. "I have also been inspired by seeing my dad drum at shows, and how my mom would sing back-up. They both are on the worship team at my church and play almost every Sunday, with my dad as the drummer and my mom the singer/worship leader. They have encouraged me through all of my life."
Jetset Getset came together in 2011, and spent their first year and a half performing primarily at fairs and festivals in the South and the Midwest. They were discovered in the spring of 2012 performing on the Nashville-based RFD-TV network by record producer Jack Gale, who came out of retirement to produce their first professional album, with help from co-producer Jim Pierce.
"Jetset Getset is terrific," Gale said. "There are very few kids singing country music, and their harmonies are different from anything that anyone else their age is doing."
Jetset Getset has performed at the Kentucky State Fair, Kentucky Speedway, Indiana State Fair, Minnesota State Fair, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill (Cincinnati) and Hard Rock Cafe Nashville. In December, they appeared on the internationally syndicated "Coffee, Country and Cody" on Nashville's country-music powerhouse WSM-AM. Their upcoming performance at Phoenix Hill Tavern will be their first at an indoor concert venue in Louisville.
Jetset Getset will perform at The Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204 on Thursday, January 17 beginning at 10:00 p.m. Cover charge: Ladies free all night; men $3 after 9pm. Food available. Must be 21. For information, call (502) 589-4957 or visit www.phoenixhill.com. Jetset Getset's music is available on iTunes, Amazon and through the group's official website www.JetsetGetset.com.