If there was one place that has become a destination of authentic music, it would be in Kentucky. You cannot pinpoint to the exact place except in your heart and soul of where the sounds of lyrics have impacted your life. Kentucky Country Music website was created to showcase a collection of stories, interviews, road trip adventures, reviews, and a culture that is like no other.
About Jessica Blankenship Bray, Founder, & Owner of Kentucky Country Music website
Jessica Blankenship Bray is a native of Laurel County, Kentucky, with over 20 years of experience in journalism. She enjoys exploring Kentucky’s rich musical history in the styles of Country, Appalachian, and Bluegrass. Jessica a proud Kentucky Colonel, one of the highest honors bestowed upon the Governor of Kentucky. She is also the first female in Laurel County to have received their American Farmer Degree from the Future Farmers of America. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Top 10 Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was named one of 50 BRIGHT Kentucky Leadership Class.
As a student at Berea College, Jessica Bray did interviews and research papers on Kentucky’s music history. She was student editor of Appalachian Heritage Magazine, as well as a student photographer/writer for the Pinnacle Newspaper and Chimes Yearbook. Bray also worked at the Berea College Appalachian Center, where she assisted in organizing the Celebration of Traditional Music Festival. She also produced an album of the history of Appalachian Music for the Appalachian Heritage magazine. Her first music interview was conducted with bluegrass legend, Dr. Ralph Stanley, during her time at Berea.
Jessica Bray’s literary work has been featured and quoted on Examiner.com, AXS, GAC, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Sentinel-Echo, WLEX, The News Journal, and Corbin Times Tribune. Her interviews have included members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry, and many more. She has provided coverage on the red carpet at Unbridled Eve Derby Eve Event, Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, Lexington Walk of Stars Event, Country Music Highway, and more. Whether it is a newcomer or a legend, she enjoys provided in depth interviews that provoke memories for the subject.
Jessica has been a guest on the KET “Kentucky Life” tv show series, as well as the Kentucky Music Preview Podcast, Overtones Radio Show & Podcast, and The Holler Creative Podcast. She was also a guest presenter with a special premiere of Ken Burns’ “Country Music” Documentary Series on PBS. If you are in need of a guest speaker to discuss Kentucky music for your group, podcast, or event, please feel free to reach out to book Jessica.
Beyond music, Bray and her husband enjoy attending car shows with one of their 10 Volkswagens, as well as antiquing, genealogy, exploring Kentucky history, and spending time with family.
Guest Contributor: Jon Grace
Guest contributor, Jon Grace, currently serves as Tourism Director with the Bell County Tourism in Kentucky. Jon helps organize the Middlesboro Levitt AMP concert series, providing musical entertainment across multiple genres. In his free time, he enjoys attending concerts with his wife, as well as entertain others with his Audio Outlaws broadcast every Monday from 8-10pm on WRIL. The broadcast features outlaw and classic country, Americana, bluegrass, southern rock and and blues. Jon has contributed several stories to Kentucky Country Music to help highlight the best festivals, concerts, albums, and adventures from here in Kentucky.
About Nashville News Roundup
Listen to the Nashville News Roundup on WFKY out of Frankfort, KY on the air, online, and via I-phone app. Jessica’s segment airs on Friday mornings just after 9:00 a.m.
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