Yearly Archive: 2019

Steven Curtis Chapman tops Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart

Kentucky music native, Steven Curtis Chapman’s new album Deeper Roots: Where The Bluegrass Grows returns to number 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart following its chart-topping release week debut. Chapman also reached a new career milestone with Deeper Roots as the 13-track collection also landed at No. 1 on the...

Erin Enderlin feels heartache through songs in latest release

Erin Enderlin sings the songs of country music that many women (and sometimes men) could relate to. Her talented songwriting and soulful vocals could be compared to Tammy Wynette when it comes to heartache and pain. You FEEL what she is singing at the time. Granted, if you meet her,...

Kentucky singer Kristi Stanley learns to never say never

Upon listening to Kristi Stanley, you hear such sweet vocals that are genuine to the Appalachian sounds of eastern Kentucky.  In talking with her, you learn of a great appreciation that she has of the music of Kentucky.  Whether it is country or bluegrass music, Kristi Stanley’s talents shine through...

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...

Keith Whitley 30th Anniversary Memorial Concert Poster - designed by Corey Frizzell.

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...

The Wooks performing at The Burl on March 2, 2019. Photo by Jon Grace.

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...

Dale Ann Bradley performing at her album release party at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. Photo by Terry Vaught.

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...

Keith Whitley exhibit coming to Country Music Hall of Fame

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...