PRESTONSBURG – Josh Shepherd is entering his sixth season as guitarist and vocalist for Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry, having joined the front line in 2012.
Shepherd was born and raised in Prestonsburg and still resides there now. He has been playing guitar since he was 10 years old, but just recently picked up playing spoons and the triangle. Shepherd toured with the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and Dove Award winner Nathan Stanley for two years. He can be seen at the MAC during the summer as one of the band leaders for Front Porch Pickin,’ and playing around Pikeville as a member of The Dirty Joneses. He credits his father, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Eric Clapton and every Eastern Kentucky musician he’s played with over the years as his primary influences. Shepherd says the best part of being a member of the Kentucky Opry is “sharing the stage each weekend with musicians who push me to be my best. We are family, and we are all there for each other and encourage each other to deliver a top notch performance for our audience.”
This is Part 5 of the series Meet Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry. Look for more bios each week throughout Spring and Summer. Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry Summer Season will open Saturday, June 17 at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg.