However, Gearheart says this performance has little to do with politics and more to do with supporting a friend.
“They approached us and I said yes,” Gearheart said. “I’ve known Gatewood for a long time. He comes to almost all of our shows in the area, and we kind of hit it off. He just seems different than the usual politician.”
In a campain statement on his website, Galbraith writes, “Any plans to revitalize Kentucky, in any manner, must first wait to solve Frankfort’s dysfunctional governing process. No solutions will be passed as long as the parties act like two bull elk with their horns locked together who cannot disengage. Therefore all of their effort and energy is involved in the push/pull of their struggle while the business of the people lies neglected in the dust. As an independent governor, I can unlock those horns and breathe new life into both parties by encouraging them to work together on behalf of the people. If they won’t do it then, I suggest we replace them next.”
Galbraith’s different attitude appeals to Gearheart, who sees similarities between the lawyer’s way of doing things and the music of Goose Creek Symphony.
“Just like our music is kind of different than most other band’s music, Gatewood seems to expose a lot of stuff that most politicians don’t expose us to,” Gearheart said. “I like the independent thing. I like the things people have told me about Gatewood. I don’t even know who else is running. I consider him a friend.”
Geartheart, who will be 72 in August, says that he likes to avoid politics in general and doesn’t trust most politicians.
“I just want to write my music and play my music,” Gearheart said.
The benefit concert for the Galbraith/Riley campaign is scheduled to take place at the Terrapin Hill Farm in Harrodsburg on Friday, June 10. A $20 minimum donation is suggested.