News, Reviews

Erin Enderlin feels heartache through songs in latest release

Erin Enderlin sings the songs of country music that many women (and sometimes men) could relate to. Her talented songwriting and soulful vocals could be compared to Tammy Wynette when it comes to heartache and pain. You FEEL what she is singing at the time. Granted, if you meet her, you will realize that she is one happy person. These days she is happier knowing that her music idol, Reba McEntire, cut one of her…

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Interviews, News

JD Shelburne shares his story from being a farm boy to music singer

J.D. Shelburne is no stranger to the spotlight in music.  The Kentucky native comes from the small town of Taylorsville, where he was raised on his family’s farm.  He would go on to the University of Kentucky for his studies before settling down in Nashville to have his hand in a music career.  Things have picked up for J.D. over the years as many have taken noticed with several music videos airing on CMT television…

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Kentucky singer Kristi Stanley learns to never say never

Upon listening to Kristi Stanley, you hear such sweet vocals that are genuine to the Appalachian sounds of eastern Kentucky.  In talking with her, you learn of a great appreciation that she has of the music of Kentucky.  Whether it is country or bluegrass music, Kristi Stanley’s talents shine through her lyrics and vocals.  I recently spoke with Kristi on her music, as well as her performance at Hillbilly Days in her hometown of Pikeville. …

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Concerts, History, Music Venues, News, Road Trips

Renfro Valley legacy reaches its 80th season

In 1939, John Lair founded Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, nestled along the rolling hills off US-25 in Rockcastle County.  Prior to major interstate construction, travelers would arrive by horses and family cars to listen to the sounds of country, bluegrass, and gospel.  Renfro Valley would become known at the Country Music Capital of Kentucky.  In 2019, it is celebrating its 80th year of performances. For 80 years, Renfro Valley Entertainment Center has provided musical entertainment.…

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A behind the scenes look at the Loretta Lynn Ranch

You have probably seen the movie “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” as well as read the two biographies on Loretta Lynn.  However, I highly suggest that you take the journey to Butcher Holler in far east Kentucky to see the original homeplace that Loretta Lynn and her family grew up.  Then head down to Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, to learn more on the history of this remarkable Appalachian based country music legend. Upon entering the grounds of Loretta…

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Concerts, History, News

Keith Whitley 30th anniversary memorial concert announced

In honor of the late great Kentucky native, Keith Whitley, a special 30th anniversary memorial concert has been announced in Nashville.  The Keith Whitley memorial concert will be held at the CMA Theatre at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on May 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, March 29, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. central time. Lorrie Morgan (Keith Whitley’s widow), along with Jesse Keith Whitley…

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Interviews, News

Dale Ann Bradley discusses her journey and new album

That moment when you first walk up to Dale Ann Bradley, you are greeted with a smile and a hug.  In fact, you know that she is a pure Kentucky lady from the Appalachian Mountains because she treats you like family. Friday night, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame hosted the 2018 inductee, Dale Ann Bradley, album release party.  The sold-out crowd were enthusiastic to hear the sounds from Dale Ann Bradley, as well as…

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History, News

Keith Whitley exhibit coming to Country Music Hall of Fame

Keith Whitley has been added as a special exhibit with the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville beginning May 3, 2019. The Sandy Hook, Kentucky, native has influenced so many over multiple generations of music in bluegrass and country genres. The exhibit encompasses Whitley’s entire career, from his bluegrass roots to his success as a singer in a traditional style of country music with #1 hits “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” “When You Say Nothing…

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Laurel Cove Music Festival coming to Pine Mountain State Park

Main Street Pineville, Bell County Tourism, and Pine Mountain State Resort Park have teamed up to announce the conception of Bell County’s first ever music festival: The Laurel Cove Music Festival. The event will take place at the iconic Laurel Cove Amphitheater in Pine Mountain State Resort Park, just south of Pineville, KY on June 7th and 8th. The festival will feature a great mix of local, regional, and national artists. Headlining Friday night will…

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Kentucky country music on display during SEC Tournament in Nashville

Kentucky Country Music is proud to be a partner with the Kentucky Takeover music showcase at Marathon Music Works in Nashville.  The Kentucky Takeover will feature Kentucky based musicians on March 15th, to coincide with the SEC Tournament.  The ALL AGES show will feature Senora May, Jericho Woods, James Sayne & The Shoeshine Boys, Timmy Dunn, Everette, Dustin Collins, and Jason Sinkhorn. Tickets are on sale February 21st and range in price of $20 to…

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