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Celebrating Exile’s 60th Anniversary

Coming Spring 2024: Exile 60 Years of Music and Exile Live in Concert on a crackled black leather-looking background

KET producers are hard at work on two new programs celebrating Exile, one of the longest-running American bands.
Get ready to tune in, turn it way up and come along as we chronicle 60 years on the road with a true Kentucky original!

Want to help KET make a documentary?

Exile in 2008 (L-R): Sonny LeMaire, Les Taylor, Marlon Hargis, Steve Goetzman, and J.P. Pennington.

Do you have old photographs, home movies or memorabilia of the rock band Exile?

KET could use help tracking down memorabilia of the band including old photographs and home movies (8mm or Super 8mm footage), particularly from the 1960s and 1970s. Both analog and digital content are welcome.

If you have Exile memorabilia that you’d be willing to share with us (temporarily, of course – we’ll return it!) for the documentary, Exile: 60 Years of Music, please contact the producers via email.

Stay Tuned!

These two KET programs will premiere in the spring of 2024:

  • Exile: Live in Concert
    This live concert film, recorded at the historic Renfro Valley Entertainment Center in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky, celebrates the 60th anniversary of Exile. This one-hour film captures the band in classic form, sporting all five of its central members: J.P. Pennington, Les Taylor, Sonny Lemaire, Marlon Hargis and Steve Goetzman. The performance, recorded Nov. 4, 2023, features many of their biggest hits including “Kiss You All Over,” “Keep It in the Middle of the Road,” “Hang on to Your Heart,” “I Don’t Want to Be a Memory,” “Give Me One More Chance” and more.
  • Exile: 60 Years of Music
    Featuring interviews with current and former band members, rare photographs, home movies, and archival musical footage, this documentary explores the history of Exile, one of America’s longest-running bands. From their rock ‘n’ roll roots in Richmond, Kentucky, to their 1978 pop hit “Kiss You All Over” which topped the Billboard charts, to their reinvention as a hit-making country band; this documentary chronicles Exile’s story, decades in the making. It’s a tale of triumph and tragedy, musical peaks and valleys, and, most importantly, creativity and survival. Through it all, the band stayed true to themselves, their music and their loyal audience.

These programs are funded in part by the KET Endowment for Kentucky Productions.