Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Hollercast podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.
“He leaned up by his porch steps, under a tree, and started singing songs from his childhood, as the sun was going down. It was so pure, and it offered me a glimpse into how country music really was for guys like him, from the farms and the bayous and fields and plains, who had it in their heart before they brought it here to Nashville.” Those are the words that Marty Stuart used to describe the man raised up in Cajun country, Mr. Jimmy C. Newman. The cajun country sounds were silenced on June 21, 2014 with the passing of Jimmy C. Newman. He was 86 years old.
Jimmy C. Newman would be the one that gave Dolly Parton her debut on the Grand Ole Opry as he gave up one of his spots just for her. He would be in the Top 10 of the country music charts as he was known worldwide for his unique sound. He was a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, as well as Cajun Music Hall of Fame. Jimmy C. Newman’s last performance on the Grand Ole Opry was June 13, 2014.
The Tennessean newspaper has got an excellent feature on the life and times of Jimmy C. Newman. Be sure to check it out here.