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The Judds: Dream Chasers opens August 10 at CMHOF

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will take a fresh look at the story of The Judds—mother Naomi and daughter Wynonna—using rare artifacts, original manuscripts, unpublished photos and keepsake costumes in an exhibit titled The Judds: Dream Chasers. The exhibit opens Aug. 10, 2018 and continues through July 14, 2019. The exhibit will follow the popular duo from their mother-and-child beginnings as Diana Judd and daughter Christina Ciminella to their chart-topping career peak…

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Exile has released their Hits album as they celebrate 55 years in the music industry.
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Exile releases highly-anticipated project of hit songs

Members of the crossover hit-making band Exile, composed of Steve Goetzman, Marlon Hargis, JP Pennington, Sonny LeMaire, and Les Taylor, have released their first full studio album since the 1990’s – a re-recording of their hit songs through the years. This year, The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame members are celebrating a distinguished career and the 55th Anniversary of the band. The Hits project is available now at www.exile.biz, at their live shows, and will be available soon at…

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KY Music Hall of Fame honors 2018 Inductee Class

Friday night, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame inducted six members of the music community into their prestigious Hall of Fame. David ‘Stringbean’ Akeman, Dale Ann Bradley, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jason Crabb, Jackie DeShannon, and Bobby Lewis were part of the 2018 class. The ceremony took place at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, which sits next door to the Hall of Fame and Museum. On Thursday night, a special VIP dinner with the inductees and community…

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Kentucky Music Hall of Fame to Induct 2018 Class in May

When it comes to Kentucky, there is an abundance of music to be celebrated.  The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame will be celebrating the music of an elite class of six members in country, bluegrass, rock, and gospel music.  The diverse lineup of inductees includes David “Stringbean” Akeman, Dale Ann Bradley, Jason Crabb, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jackie DeShannon, and Bobby Lewis. The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame 2018 Induction Ceremony will be held on Friday,…

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Kentucky banjo picker Lee Sexton featured in film

Nestled in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky lies the community of Linefork. It is there where retired coal miner, Lee Sexton calls home, alongside his wife, Opal. Even at 90 years old, he continues to preserve the mountain music heritage with his unique banjo picking style. His music and life is a featured subject in a new independent film called “Linefork.” “Linefork” follows the daily rituals of Lee and Opal Sexton as they live in…

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Ricky Skaggs to be inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

This fall, a bronze plaque depicting 15-time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer and musician Ricky Skaggs will be added to the Rotunda wall at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. This morning at the famed institution, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood announced Ricky Skaggs as one of three inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Later this year, Skaggs will be inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category, along…

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Sturgill Simpson honored by Kentucky Legislative officials

On Monday, March 20, 2018, during the Kentucky Legislative General Session, Sturgill Simpson was honored with House Resolution 251.  The resolution was sponsored by Woodford County native, Representative James Kay, who also serves in part of Franklin and Fayette County. Sturgill Simpson was present, alongside his family, during the reading of the resolution at the Kentucky State Capitol.  Below is the official resolution which passed unanimously among the Kentucky House of Representatives. A RESOLUTION honoring…

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Bob Kinsley, Clarence Spalding, and Jason Aldean at the Opry.
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Clarence Spalding Receives Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award

One of Nashville’s most highly regarded artist managers, Clarence Spalding, was honored for his impact on country music with the Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award during an event held this week at the Grand Ole Opry House. The award was created in 2014 to recognize the most deserving individuals across the spectrum of record label/industry, creative/production and radio/media. The evening benefited the Opry Trust Fund, which for more than 50 years has supported members of…

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Country music returns to tradition in 2017

Does it seem like country music is sounding better?  You could easily divide country music into multiple sub-genres – cowboy/western, pop, rap, traditional, rockabilly, and more.  However, in looking at our top picks of albums, songs, and more, it appears the pendulum has swung back to the more traditional side of things. Recently I was asked to provide input into the Nashville Scene Music Poll for 2017.  Now I won’t tell you what I picked…

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The Judds to be featured in 2018 Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit

Today the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum announced The Judds will be featured in an exhibit opening Aug. 3, 2018. The exhibit will explore the lives and careers of the GRAMMY®-winning mother-daughter duo. Wynonna and Naomi Judd brought a fresh acoustic sound to country music, with unmistakable harmonies surrounding Wynonna’s powerful lead vocals. The Judds dominated the country charts during the 1980s and ’90s, and have sold more than 20 million albums and…

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