The Mt. Vernon-Rockcastle County Tourist Commission is proud to announce that the 2018 Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is coming home to Rockcastle County. On Friday, May 11, 2018, six Kentucky individuals from the music industry – David “Stringbean” Akeman, Dale Ann Bradley, Jason Crabb, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jackie DeShannon, and Bobby Lewis will be inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. This year marks the eighth ceremony in the history of the Hall of Fame and it will be the first held in Rockcastle County.
The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum opened its doors in 2002 with a mission to promote, preserve and protect the integrity of our inductees with honor, dignity and respect. The museum facility originally constructed as a barn on the John Lair estate is unique and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The board of directors of the tourist commission decided it was time to truly showcase the museum and inductees in its hometown.
Mount Vernon Mayor Michael Bryant said, “This is the event we have all waited for. The community has always supported the idea of holding the induction locally. We will now work together to make this event a success.”
Avery Bradshaw, Director of the Hall of Fame stated, “I’m very excited that the board recognized the importance of holding this event in Rockcastle County. We want everyone to know about this wonderful facility and to learn about the Kentuckians that have contributed so much to the music industry.”
For more information and tickets please contact the staff of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame at 606-256-1000 and visiting www.kentuckymusichalloffame.com.
Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.