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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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Droves of music fans sought out the golden tickets to Kickin’ It On The Creek

One of our favorite music festivals in Kentucky over the years has been Kickin’ It On the Creek.  In fact, it was listed in our top Kentucky country music events for 2019.  Check out the article here. My cousin Daniel made a great call and took a few hours off work on Saturday night at the factory in Middlesboro so we could leave earlier than originally planned. Little did we know at the time how…

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Beattyville native Ian Noe reveals new music with Between the Country

Kentucky is presently in the midst of writing one of the great chapters in country music history. Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, and Tyler Childers are helping change the game, and they’ve got an army of their incredibly talented peers backing them up. Music has always flowed through these hills; crawling through the twisted laurel and ringing deep in the hollows at sundown. Made by hardworking coal miners or farmers after 12 hour work days to…

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Arlo McKinley
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The rise of Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound

On April 27th, Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound performed his second sold out show at The Burl in Lexington, Kentucky. The tone for the evening was set as the band made their way to the stage. Half a fifth’s worth of Bulleit sloshed back and forth in the bottle in Arlo McKinley’s right hand. Donning a round-bill tracker hat, an Adidas jacket and a grin that spanned a country mile, it was impossible for…

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The Wooks celebrate bittersweet goodbye to Arthur

Concerts usually aren’t described as bittersweet. They’re either incredible or bleh…most of the time the former.  The Wooks’ Saturday, March 2nd, performance at the Burl was bittersweet – bittersweet and incredible. Seeing a show at the Burl is always fantastic.  Kentucky’s fueling a musical Renaissance right now, and the Burl has become its Sistine Chapel. Of course, in Kentucky, our chapel resembles a bad ass old barn renovated into a music venue.  It was actually…

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John R. Miller and the Engine Lights at the Red Barn Radio Show Review

In my humble opinion, there’s no one writing better songs right now than John R. Miller.  The West Virginia native has been an underground icon for years now, and is the walking, talking definition of a song-writers songwriter.  It’s no coincidence that his touring buddy Tyler Childers is always letting the world know on his Facebook how special John’s work truly is. John has toured extensively over the last decade, both with his past bands…

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Master Musician Festival in Somerset, Kentucky. Photo by John Fitzwater.
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Ten Must See Kentucky Country Music Events in 2019

With 2018 being water under the bridge, we not only get to reflect what an awesome year it was for music in Kentucky, but get to look ahead to an amazing year of concerts and festivals throughout the bluegrass. To help plan your weekends, we here at Kentucky Country Music have compiled a list of ten must see live country music happenings in 2019. Keep in mind, this list is totally subjective, so based on…

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An inside look at Ward Davis and Tennessee Jet show at the Bell Theatre

Two years ago, I {John Grace} was having a conversation with Mainstreet Pineville Director, Jacob Roan. He had just finished completing substantial renovations to the Bell Theater, which is a beautiful, 1950’s style movie theater in courthouse square in downtown Pineville. It had gone from being left vacant and in disrepair to shining like new penny. It was really inspiring to witness…to not lose a historic building to the pages of history, but to bring…

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Tyler Childers’ sold out run at Louisville Palace has cemented him as country’s next big thing

The ascension of Tyler Childers from regional honky-tonk troubadour to country music royalty has seemingly happened over night, and has been amazing to witness. That’s because in two short years he’s gone from playing wayside bars and dives to completely selling out three nights at the iconic Louisville Palace Theater weeks before the shows took place. Make no mistake: though still young, Tyler has paid his dues and then some. He’s been doing this almost…

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Levitt Foundation honors southeast Kentucky town with music grant

The Levitt Foundation, based out of Los Angeles, CA, has just made a major commitment to live music in eastern Kentucky.  Before we get into that, let me provide you with a little background information on their amazing foundation. They were formed in 1963 by Mortimer and Mimi Levitt to support the arts, culture and education. Their mission statement is “to strengthen the social fabric of America. We empower communities to transform neglected outdoor spaces into…

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