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KY Music Hall of Fame Member Profile: Patty Loveless

“In the deep dark hills of eastern Kentucky, That’s the place where I trace my bloodline…” is sung with deep emotion from one of country music’s legendary female performers, Patty Loveless. Come Thursday, she will add Kentucky Music Hall of Fame into her list of achievements. For over 25 years, Patty Loveless has gained the respect of fans and industry by singing songs deep from the heart and being the same young girl raised in…

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The Tammy Wynette Connection

One of my favorite county music female singers would have to be Tammy Wynette.  I remember as a little girl listening to her on the radio and I would sit there singing along.  In 6th grade, the teacher had us to write a letter to someone we’ve always wanted to meet.  I, of course, wrote mine to Tammy Wynette.  Little did I know, our teacher would send off a few of our letters.  It was…

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Songwriting legend Hank Cochran passes away

Hank Cochran Last night, Jamey Johnson, Kentucky native Billy Ray Cyrus, and producer Buddy Cannon dropped by to sing songs with Hank Cochran.  However, this morning the legendary songwriter was surrounded by family and friends when he passed away at his Hendersonville, Tennessee home. A private, family memorial will be held in the near future, and a public service will follow. Details will be forthcoming. The family asks that you respect their privacy at this…

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Kentucky native Loretta Lynn celebrates birthday and 50 years in business

2010 is turning out to be a year of celebration for Butcher Holler, Kentucky native, Loretta Lynn. Seventy-five years ago in 1935 a young child was born in the hills of eastern Kentucky.  She would then grow up through the hard times and make her way through the ranks of country music to become a legend in the music industry.  Even after all of these years, she hasn’t slowed down one bit. This year also marks 50 years…

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Hank Williams, Sr. to receive special lifetime achievement award

Hank Williams, Sr. – from Country Music Hall of Fame The Pulitzer Prize Board has awarded a posthumous Special Citation to country music icon Hank Williams for his lifetime achievement as a musician, Columbia University announced today. The citation praises Williams for “his craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life.” “The citation,…

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Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Announces 2011 Inductees

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame announced their class of 2011 today during a press conference conducted by Robert Lawson, Executive Director and Connie Hunt, Event Ceremony Executive Producer. Keith Whitley, Patty Loveless, Steve Wariner, John Michael Montgomery, The Goins Brothers, Molly O’Day and, Larnelle Harris will be the newest inductees into the prestigious Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.   “This year’s inductees include some of the most recognizable music artists in the world,” says Lawson of…

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Elvis changing the face of country & bluegrass music

Who would have thought that over 40 years ago, a boy from Tupelo, Mississippi, would make an impact on not only the world of rock and roll, but also in country music?  Growing up, he would listen to the sounds of the Grand Ole Opry coming over the radio on a Saturday night and the next morning, hear the soulful sounds of the church choir.  He originally began his singing career with the Sun Records…

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