What is happening at Renfro Valley?

Original Renfro Valley Barn Dance Crew For 78 years, Renfro Valley Entertainment Center has provided musical entertainment.  From country to gospel to bluegrass music, as well as comedy, so many acts have graced the stage at both the Old Barn and New Barn.  Many of those have went on to become award winning, internationally known superstars.  One of those acts … Read More ›

Who is Dumas Walker?

Twenty-eight years ago, in 1990, the Kentucky Headhunters released “Dumas Walker” as a follow-up to their successful “Walk Softly On This Heart of Mine.”  With the music video being aired on CMT, music fans wanted to know more about the man, myth, and legend of Dumas Walker.  What many do not realize, there are two references for Dumas Walker with … Read More ›

Crystal Gayle becomes newest member of the Grand Ole Opry

Loretta Lynn with Crystal Gayle, the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. Photo by Chris Hollo. Grammy-winning songstress Crystal Gayle was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry Saturday evening at the Ryman Auditorium by her sister and Opry legend, Loretta Lynn. Gayle made her Opry debut 50 years ago on the Ryman stage, singing the country classic Ribbon of … Read More ›

Bill Monroe box set to feature outtakes of popular songs

Bill Monroe Box Set – from Richard Weize Archives Bluegrass music fans will enjoy hearing that very unique limited edition box set will be released of Bill Monroe recordings.  The recordings for DECCA in 1950-51 from the Castle Studio have been released through the Richard Weize Archives, a division of Rockstar Records, Ltd.  The recordings feature lead singers Jimmy Martin, … Read More ›

George Molton inducted into Austin City Saloon Hall of Fame

George Molton with his personalized guitar from Austin City Saloon. Photo by Reda Floyd Thirty five years ago, Austin City Saloon in Lexington, Kentucky, opened its doors.  Each weekend, they have entertained central Kentucky with pure honky tonk music live on stage.  This past weekend, they hosted their 2nd Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to give thanks to those that … Read More ›

The story behind Grandpa Jones Ginseng Hoe

Grandpa Jones Ginseng Hoe – photo by Jessica Bray Kentucky natives, Grandpa Jones and the banjo-picking comedian David “Stringbean” Akeman, were nationally famous entertainers, and close friends.  They lived near one another in a rural area a few miles north of Nashville.   They hunted and fished together for years, and they also roamed the mountains in search of ginseng, … Read More ›