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What is happening at Renfro Valley?

Original Renfro Valley Barn Dance Crew For 78 years, Renfro Valley Entertainment Center has provided musical entertainment.  From country to gospel to bluegrass music, as well as comedy, so many acts have graced the stage at both the Old Barn and New Barn.  Many of those have went on to become award winning, internationally known superstars.  One of those acts were The Coon Creek Girls.  On the other side, many acts were perennial favorites in…

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Celebrating the 100th birthday of Lily May Ledford

Kentucky country music legend and banjo picker, Lily May Ledford Today marks the 100th birthday of Lily May Ledford.  She was born on March 17, 1917 in Pilot, Kentucky.  She began her career in music after being discovered at a talent contest in Chicago by John Lair.  Mr. Lair was the creator of Renfro Valley Barn Dance, which continues to this day here in Kentucky.   Lily, along with Evelyn “Daisy” Lange, Esther “Violet” Koehler…

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Who are the Coon Creek Girls?

Coon Creek Girls – Photo by Coley Ogg’s daughter and son in law, Elbert and Elizabeth Fortner of the Ogg studio. When you think of Appalachian mountain music, you cannot help but think of the Coon Creek Girls.  The Coon Creek Girls were an all-female string band based out of Kentucky.   Founding member was Lily Mae Ledford, born in Pilot, Kentucky.  Ledford learned to play on an old discarded fiddle belonging to “Gran’pappy Tackett,”…

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Glen Campbell bids farewell to Kentucky with concert

Glen Campbell at Renfro Valley – by Jessica Bray You could say it was a bittersweet goodbye on Saturday night in Renfro Valley, Kentucky, as Glen Campbell performed. Battling Alzheimers, the country music legend performed his last show in Kentucky as part of his Farewell Tour.   Despite having to read the lyrics from the monitors, Glen Campbell showed he still has the ability to entertain. His soulful heartfelt vocals down to his guitar playing made him feel right at…

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Joe Bonsall on living his personal American dream

Joe Bonsall – Photo by Jarrett Gaza “Music marks the passing of time.” That is very relevant to an everlasting career of the Oak Ridge Boys as they prepare for their annual Kentucky State Fair outing come August 20th. For over 35 years, the Oak Ridge Boys have stood on the stage at both Freedom Hall and Cardinal Stadium engaging fans with entertainment to put their worries behind for a few hours. Each of those 35 years has marked…

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Blackberry Smoke brings southern country rock to Kentucky

Charlie Starr of Blackberry Smoke – by Jessica Bray Blackberry Smoke fried up some southern country rock soul just like the chicken served on their plates earlier at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center in Kentucky on Saturday night. Fans in the crowd were treated to the sights and sounds of honest music in a rare intimate performance in between shows on their tour with Zac Brown Band. Right off the bat, Charlie Starr’s unique vocals, alongside…

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Randy Travis still has golden voice

Randy Travis by Jessica Bray Even with over 25 years of recording experience in the music business, Randy Travis’s voice is still golden as it was when he first started. During Saturday night’s sold out performance at the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center in Renfro Valley, Kentucky, Randy took fans on a musical journey of songs that have left their impact on country music. By opening with, “Whisper My Name,” fans greeted Randy Travis with cheers…

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