|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 the new barn, including The Oak Ridge Boys. The original Renfro Valley Barn Dance started in 1939 and was carried by WHAS-AM out of Louisville and WCKY-AM in Cincinnati. It is no longer on the radio, but fans can enjoy it live in person every Saturday night.
In the past, Renfro Valley hosted a Gathering Radio Show, which began in September of 1943 on the CBS Radio Network. It was the third oldest continually broadcast radio program in America – only the Grand Ole Opry and Music & the Spoken Word had been broadcasted longer.
Over the weekend, Renfro Valley Entertainment Center released some of its musicians and singers that performed at the Old Barn. Many have questioned the motives and what has gone on. Today, Renfro Valley released the following statement:
Renfro Valley Entertainment Center being in its 78th season is restructuring its business plan. All of these changes have been made and will continue to be made with the best of interest for Renfro Valley and our dedicated guests in our mind. Renfro Valley Entertainment Center will continue to operate with a full schedule, which will include more headliner concerts in both theaters and our Renfro Valley shows will continue.
Renfro Valley has provided many tourists from all over the world to Rockcastle County, provided employment to many residents in the county and surrounding counties throughout the years, as well as providing tourism dollars and county taxes. We would like to have the local support with us as we move forth with our vision for the Valley.
For more information and updates you may find that on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and our website or call our ticket office at 1-800-765-7464.
Be sure to visit www.renfrovalley.com for further details on future shows. Kentucky Country Music has covered quite a few performances, as well as the history of Renfro Valley as it is viable to the music community and local community of southeast Kentucky. Be sure to support this long lasting venue that has provided family friendly entertainment for generations.
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.