Concerts, History, Music Venues, News, Road Trips

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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Keith Whitley 30th anniversary memorial concert announced

In honor of the late great Kentucky native, Keith Whitley, a special 30th anniversary memorial concert has been announced in Nashville.  The Keith Whitley memorial concert will be held at the CMA Theatre at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on May 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, March 29, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. central time. Lorrie Morgan (Keith Whitley’s widow), along with Jesse Keith Whitley…

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The Wooks celebrate bittersweet goodbye to Arthur

Concerts usually aren’t described as bittersweet. They’re either incredible or bleh…most of the time the former.  The Wooks’ Saturday, March 2nd, performance at the Burl was bittersweet – bittersweet and incredible. Seeing a show at the Burl is always fantastic.  Kentucky’s fueling a musical Renaissance right now, and the Burl has become its Sistine Chapel. Of course, in Kentucky, our chapel resembles a bad ass old barn renovated into a music venue.  It was actually…

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Interviews, News

Dale Ann Bradley discusses her journey and new album

That moment when you first walk up to Dale Ann Bradley, you are greeted with a smile and a hug.  In fact, you know that she is a pure Kentucky lady from the Appalachian Mountains because she treats you like family. Friday night, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame hosted the 2018 inductee, Dale Ann Bradley, album release party.  The sold-out crowd were enthusiastic to hear the sounds from Dale Ann Bradley, as well as…

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History, News

Keith Whitley exhibit coming to Country Music Hall of Fame

Keith Whitley has been added as a special exhibit with the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville beginning May 3, 2019. The Sandy Hook, Kentucky, native has influenced so many over multiple generations of music in bluegrass and country genres. The exhibit encompasses Whitley’s entire career, from his bluegrass roots to his success as a singer in a traditional style of country music with #1 hits “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” “When You Say Nothing…

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Laurel Cove Music Festival coming to Pine Mountain State Park

Main Street Pineville, Bell County Tourism, and Pine Mountain State Resort Park have teamed up to announce the conception of Bell County’s first ever music festival: The Laurel Cove Music Festival. The event will take place at the iconic Laurel Cove Amphitheater in Pine Mountain State Resort Park, just south of Pineville, KY on June 7th and 8th. The festival will feature a great mix of local, regional, and national artists. Headlining Friday night will…

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John R. Miller and the Engine Lights at the Red Barn Radio Show Review

In my humble opinion, there’s no one writing better songs right now than John R. Miller.  The West Virginia native has been an underground icon for years now, and is the walking, talking definition of a song-writers songwriter.  It’s no coincidence that his touring buddy Tyler Childers is always letting the world know on his Facebook how special John’s work truly is. John has toured extensively over the last decade, both with his past bands…

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Josh Mitcham releases new track – “Buzzards Flying Over Town”

“There’s buzzards flying over town, but it’s been dead a long time now.” The opening words to Jericho Woods lead man, Josh Mitcham’s just released solo track are haunting.  Being from a small town South Eastern Kentucky those words hit home. Mitcham hails from Webster, KY nearly halfway between Owensboro and Louisville and speaks volumes about the plight of small town suffering.  Per Mitcham’s Facebook post releasing the song, “It addresses the fact that our…

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Kentucky country music on display during SEC Tournament in Nashville

Kentucky Country Music is proud to be a partner with the Kentucky Takeover music showcase at Marathon Music Works in Nashville.  The Kentucky Takeover will feature Kentucky based musicians on March 15th, to coincide with the SEC Tournament.  The ALL AGES show will feature Senora May, Jericho Woods, James Sayne & The Shoeshine Boys, Timmy Dunn, Everette, Dustin Collins, and Jason Sinkhorn. Tickets are on sale February 21st and range in price of $20 to…

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