History, Interviews, News

Ken Burns discusses the complexity of country music’s story

When it comes to our musical heritage, there is nothing quite like the complex story of country music.  The people, instruments, and songs migrated from other parts of the world to form the genre that would last generations in different ways.  Ken Burns put together a team to document the history of country music for PBS.  “Country Music” may sound simple, but it is rather complex that will be showcased starting Sunday, September 15th.  Ken…

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News, Reviews

First Listen of Nic Allen and the Troubled Minds “On the Hilltop” album

We here at Kentucky Country Music are proud to give the world it’s first listen to the debut album from southern Ohio’s own Nic Allen and the Troubled Minds, titled “On the Hilltop”. Nic has been a fixture in our regional scene for a few years, cutting his teeth at backroad honky tonks and music festivals. With our region producing the best music the last few years, it is no surprise that this album follows…

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Concerts, News, Reviews

Concert Review: Kickin’ it on the Creek pre-party at the Burl

“What’s better than a party to kick off a party” – Casey Campbell I’ve been very fortunate to see some very good shows over my 38 years of life.  It’s an understatement that I was fortunate to be in the beautiful Lexington, KY venue, The Burl, for the 2019 Kickin’ It On The Creek Pre-Party with Padre Paul Handelman, Senora May, and Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle. I can’t start the review without…

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Get a first listen to Dustin Collins new single, I Like to Drink

Bardstown native Dustin Collins has released his new single, “I Like to Drink.” The catchy tune leaves you singing along about summertime on the lake. Hands down it is perfect while floating down Lake Cumberland or one of Kentucky’s other waterways. It is the followup single to “Working Man.”  Both songs feature the life of the hardworking men and women of Kentucky, as well as what they like to do for fun. Below is the…

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Crystal Gayle Returns With First New Album In 16 Years

Kentucky music legend, Crystal Gayle, is delighted to announce the release of her first new album in nearly 16 years, You Don’t Know Me.  Available everywhere September 6, with a pre-sale beginning August 9, the new album is being released by Southpaw Musical Productions, and distributed by BFD in partnership with The Orchard. Co-produced, recorded and mixed by Crystal’s son Christos Gatzimos, You Don’t Know Me is a collection that finds the acclaimed stylist exploring…

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Celebrating 10 years of Kentucky Country Music

As the fog rolls through the trees inside the Appalachian Mountains, I sit here and take in the sounds of nature.  Off into the distance are birds singing their songs with grace.  Thunder rumbles as I take in the mountain air.  I sit on the porch reflecting on the sounds of Kentucky.  What makes OUR music so unique that others try to duplicate it? Kentucky country music is in our soul.  It is in our…

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KET to host preview of Ken Burns’ documentary Country Music in Somerset

Join KET in Somerset on Thursday, August 29, for a free exclusive sneak peek at Ken Burns’ new documentary Country Music, which tells the remarkable stories of the people and places behind a true American art form. The evening begins with a reception with the talented Sydney Adams and her band, followed by the 45-minute film screening and remarks from special guest Jessica Blankenship Bray, music journalist and editor/founder of kentuckycountrymusic.com, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. In 2018,…

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Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Members, Exile, release new album

Exile is excited to share their most current CD project, “Exile – The Garage Tapes.” The 30 song, two CD compilation is set for release by Big Horse Records August 16 for purchase online and on all digital music platforms. Pre-Save on Spotify here and pre-order the album on iTunes or Amazon and receive four tracks immediately: “Sixteen Tons,” “Red Dancing Shoes,” “Dixie Girl” and “Nobody’s Hero.” Pre-Order “The Garage Tapes” here. A VIP CD…

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Jesse Keith Whitley discusses his musical heritage and upcoming projects

Nashville is always full of music activity, whether it is on Broadway, on the Grand Ole Opry stage, or within the walls of a recording studio.  Earlier this week, Jesse Keith Whitley spoke to Kentucky Country Music as he took a break from the recording studio.  Music is in his blood, literally, as his music heritage reaches back with his parents, Keith Whitley, and Lorrie Morgan, along with his grandpa, George Morgan.  Jesse has been…

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Concerts, News, Reviews

5 Favorite Moments at Forecastle Music Festival

Louisville hosted its 18th annual Forecastle Festival this past weekend and it was wildly successful. No surprise there, of course. Forecastle has always been a favorite among festival goers based on the ability to highlight local acts along with draw further attention to national ones, promote all the bourbon (really, all of it) and bring people together. The Clothing Statements People watching at festivals has always been one of my favorite things. The various outfits showcased…

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