2019 Fiddlers Convention at the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, TN
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Museum of Appalachia to host Great Appalachian Fiddlers’ Convention

The Museum of Appalachia will be hosting the 2nd annual Great Appalachian Fiddlers’ Convention.  It is an opportunity for musicians across the region to compete for cash and bragging rights.  The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., rain or shine, on June 1, 2019. Join others for a day filled with music, contests, cash prizes, jamming on the Museum grounds as well as Southern food and fare.  You can tour the…

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Renfro Valley legacy reaches its 80th season

In 1939, John Lair founded Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, nestled along the rolling hills off US-25 in Rockcastle County.  Prior to major interstate construction, travelers would arrive by horses and family cars to listen to the sounds of country, bluegrass, and gospel.  Renfro Valley would become known at the Country Music Capital of Kentucky.  In 2019, it is celebrating its 80th year of performances. For 80 years, Renfro Valley Entertainment Center has provided musical entertainment.…

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A behind the scenes look at the Loretta Lynn Ranch

You have probably seen the movie “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” as well as read the two biographies on Loretta Lynn.  However, I highly suggest that you take the journey to Butcher Holler in far east Kentucky to see the original homeplace that Loretta Lynn and her family grew up.  Then head down to Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, to learn more on the history of this remarkable Appalachian based country music legend. Upon entering the grounds of Loretta…

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Master Musician Festival in Somerset, Kentucky. Photo by John Fitzwater.
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Ten Must See Kentucky Country Music Events in 2019

With 2018 being water under the bridge, we not only get to reflect what an awesome year it was for music in Kentucky, but get to look ahead to an amazing year of concerts and festivals throughout the bluegrass. To help plan your weekends, we here at Kentucky Country Music have compiled a list of ten must see live country music happenings in 2019. Keep in mind, this list is totally subjective, so based on…

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CSX Santa Train to feature country duo as special guests

Country duo Maddie & Tae will be the special guests on the 76th running of the CSX Santa Train on Saturday, Nov. 17. First breaking out in 2013 with their Platinum-selling, No. 1 hit, “Girl In A Country Song,” the award-winning duo is back with new music. Their new single, “Friends Don’t,” “anchored around their stellar vocal pairings and some of the tightest harmonies on Music Row” (Rolling Stone), is giving fans a taste of…

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New Special Exhibit Highlights Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

A new special exhibit at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum captures moments at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival with photographs taken by fans and festivalgoers. Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Through Your Eyes is a juried exhibit filled with images that show the many sides of the festival. “This exhibit is truly special because it came out of the creativity and passion of our music-loving community,” said Head Curator René Rodgers. “It…

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Kelsie May to be recognized on US-23 Country Music Highway

Kentucky State Representative Jill York is set to dedicate a section of the US-23 Country Music Highway on Friday to The Voice (Season 8 / Team Blake) contestant Kelsie May.  Kelsie is a native of the eastern Kentucky, and has been building a steady following over the past four years since her national television debut on NBC. “Kelsie is an incredibly gifted artist with an equally beautiful spirit. She’s learned from some of the greatest…

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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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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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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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