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June 19, 2013

Exile celebrates book release

RICHMOND — This has been a big year for Exile, a band formed in 1963 by a group of Madison County teenagers.

As it celebrates a half century of existence, the band was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and a book, “Exile: The Story of a Band in Transition,” has been published.

The book’s national release party took place Tuesday evening at The Gallery on Main, with six of the group’s early members present.

They were: Buzz Cornelison, Mack Davenport, Bernie Faulkner, Mike Howard, Billy Luxon and J.P. Pennington. Pennington is the only original member still with the group.

Current members Marlin Hargis, Paul Martin, who was with Exile in the 1990s, and Randy Westbrook, who wrote the book, also were on hand.

Fans had past and current band members as well as the author to autograph copies of the book.

The also got to hear Westbrook and various members of the band, past and present, play and sing some early Exile favorites.

The band switched from rock 'n’ roll to country in the early 1980s.


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