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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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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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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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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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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 Music Hall of Fame ceremony heads to Rockcastle County

The Mt. Vernon-Rockcastle County Tourist Commission is proud to announce that the 2018 Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is coming home to Rockcastle County. On Friday, May 11, 2018, six Kentucky individuals from the music industry – David “Stringbean” Akeman, Dale Ann Bradley, Jason Crabb, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jackie DeShannon, and Bobby Lewis will be inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. This year marks the eighth ceremony in the history of…

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Exile announce 2018 No Limit Tour in Celebration of 55th Anniversary

2018 is a milestone year that marks the 55th Anniversary for a band formed in Richmond, Ky. in 1963. Crossover hit-making band, Exile, is celebrating the band’s distinguished career as the longest running self-contained vocal group. Exile has sold over 8 million records, including three Gold records and eleven number one hit songs, along with numerous hits on the pop and country charts. They are known for major hits including “Kiss You All Over,” “Give…

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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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