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Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit to headline 2019 Master Musicians Festival

When artists perform at the Master Musicians Festival, they become members of the family. The 2019 festival will be a homecoming for one of those family members, who returns to the stage not only as the headliner, but as a leader of the Americana music movement. First appearing at MMF in 2012 shortly after beginning his solo career, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit will close the 26th annual festival sponsored by Don Franklin Somerset,…

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Oak Ridge Boys to Shine the Light on Christmas in Corbin

For 29 years, the Oak Ridge Boys has been ringing in the holidays for their annual Christmas Tour.  On Friday, November 23rd, they will be bringing their Shine the Light on Christmas Tour to The Arena in Corbin, Ky., along with a special guest to cheer in the Christmas season.  Recently, I got to speak with Richard Sterban on the latest with the Oak Ridge Boys, as well as what to expect with this tour.…

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Levitt Foundation honors southeast Kentucky town with music grant

The Levitt Foundation, based out of Los Angeles, CA, has just made a major commitment to live music in eastern Kentucky.  Before we get into that, let me provide you with a little background information on their amazing foundation. They were formed in 1963 by Mortimer and Mimi Levitt to support the arts, culture and education. Their mission statement is “to strengthen the social fabric of America. We empower communities to transform neglected outdoor spaces into…

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Brice Long and Friends Concert for Back to Back Foundation Shatters Records

More than 1,200 people packed the James E. Bruce Convention Center for the thirteenth annual Brice Long and Friends Back to Back Foundation Benefit Concert held Saturday in Hopkinsville, KY. Foundation Chairman Brent Gilkey announced the concert, which is the primary fundraiser for the foundation, continues to grow and shattered last year’s total by raising $91,900. Brice Long and Mark Nesler (Just To See You Smile, You Look Good In My Shirt) entertained fans during…

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Halfway to Hazard announces Nashville Residency at Hutton Hotel

Amidst a successful premier show, ACM-nominated country duo Halfway to Hazard has announced an ongoing Nashville-based residency at Analog in the Hutton Hotel. The monthly series, “Halfway to Hazard & Friends,” kicked off Tuesday, July 10, with not only a performance by bandmates Chad Warrix and David Tolliver, but the duo also surprised the audience with special guests Chris Young, Radio Romance, American Young’s Jon Stone, Ira Dean (formerly of Trick Pony) and Colt Prather.…

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Farm Aid’s Music and Food Festival to feature Kentucky natives

Farm Aid’s annual music and food festival featuring family farmers, homegrown food, inspiring music and agrarian experiences will come to Connecticut for the first time on Saturday, Sept. 22, at XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, June 29, at 10 a.m. EDT. Farm Aid 2018 will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well…

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Oak Ridge Boys performing at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center on June 2, 2018. Photo by Jessica Bray/Kentucky Country Music.
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Oak Ridge Boys provide soul cleansing concert at Renfro Valley

Last night, the Oak Ridge Boys provided a soul cleansing experience to those present at their Renfro Valley Entertainment Center performance. There was an overall feeling of love and light within the sold out crowd. One by one, each member of the quartet poured their heart into each note and lyric as they shared their musical talents. Song after song, you could not help but wonder exactly WHERE do the Oak Ridge Boys get the…

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Introducing the 2018 Kentucky State Fair Concert Series

The Kentucky State Fair announces the lineup of the all-new Texas Roadhouse Concert Series, which runs throughout the fair, Aug. 16-26. The series features a wide range of musical artists with a different concert every night, for a total of 26 bands. This year all concerts at the Kentucky State Fair are free with paid gate admission. Each concert will start at 8:00 p.m. Louisville-based Texas Roadhouse is a new sponsor to the Kentucky State…

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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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Concerts, News, Road Trips

Quick ways to earn money for road trips

As the birds are chirping and the sun shining outside, we are all looking forward to warmer weather. With the summertime approaching, so are the making road trip plans for concerts. What if I said you can earn money to go towards paying for those road trips doing simple things as shopping for every day items? Here are a few places where you can earn points and cash back. With each of them, you get…

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