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 ›

Crystal Gayle invited to join Grand Ole Opry

Carrie Underwood asks Crystal Gayle to become member of the Grand Ole Opry. Photo by Chris Hollo for The Grand Ole Opry Grammy-winning songstress Crystal Gayle was surprised during her Grand Ole Opry performance last evening by Opry member Carrie Underwood with an invitation to become an official Opry member. Gayle will be formally inducted into the Opry on Jan. 21, 2017 by her … Read More ›

Ricky Skaggs honored with prestigious ASCAP Founders Award

Ricky Skaggs (via Facebook) ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, presented acclaimed bluegrass and country music songwriter-artist and Grand Ole Opry member Ricky Skaggs with its prestigious Founders Award at the 54th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards. The exclusive, invitation-only gala, which celebrated the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed country songs of 2016, took place … Read More ›

Cumberland Highlanders celebrate 20 years of bringing bluegrass music to homes

Cumberland Highlanders – via RFD-TV On July 16, 1996, the first taping of the Cumberland Highlanders television show occurred in London, Kentucky.  Campbell Mercer, also known as Doc Mercer to many, brought along Travis Brown, Claude Haron, Jimmie Hamm, Julie Mercer, and Paul Wayne Jones for that first taping.  It happened behind Doc Mercer’s old farm house in London.  The … Read More ›