Yearly Archive: 2020

How COVID-19 reminds us of the magical music moments we are missing

Right now there is a close knit Kentucky music community that’s hurting this week.  This is the week that a lot of us, 1,500 or so to be exact, are supposed to be trying to concentrate on our work, and having to constantly refocus to keep from counting down the...

Concerts in a COVID-19 Era

At the beginning of 2020, many of us were looking forward to attending some concert tours and music festivals.  Then starting in March and throughout the year, the announcements of postponements and cancellations were trickling through.  Pretty much everything has been moved to 2021 with tours.  However, there are several...

Shakespeare comes alive with As Y’all Like It

When it comes to Kentucky music, the state is full of talent that can overfill a cup of lyrics and songs.  Louisville native, Aaron Bibelhauser, has expanded his traditional bluegrass music influence to team up with the Kentucky Shakespeare production on a new project.  “As Y’all Like It: Songs from...

Carly Pearce and Chris Stapleton receive CMA nominations

CMA has announced the nominees for “The 54th Annual CMA Awards,” with Miranda Lambert topping the list at seven nominations. Miranda is making CMA Awards history as the first female artist to accumulate a record-breaking 55 total career nods. This record was previously held by Reba McEntire, who earned her...

Tiffany Williams reveals her musical talents with “If It Wasn’t”

Just as a creek flows through the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky, Tiffany Williams’ vocals delicately intertwine with a guitar through her newest single, “If It Wasn’t.”  During this round, Williams teams up with Jonathan Dean with an everlasting blend of vocals and lyrics. With “If It Wasn’t,” Tiffany Williams and...

Oak Ridge Boys to Perform National Anthem at Kentucky State Fair

The Kentucky State Fair announces that legendary country music quartet, The Oak Ridge Boys will perform the national anthem on Saturday, August 29th, at The World’s Championship Horse Show. The performance will mark the group’s 45th consecutive appearance at the Kentucky State Fair, a record unmatched by any other touring act. The Oak...

Arlo McKinley primed for success with “Die Midwestern”

Last summer, my wife and I took a trip to somewhere in middle-of-nowhere West Virginia (as someone from middle-of-nowhere, Kentucky…I say that lovingly) to attend Mountain Music Festival, an incredible event put on in large part by my buddy Charlie Hatcher. Charlie works for Whizzbangbam, a management team for Tyler...

Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers

Gary Brewer hits top of the bluegrass charts

After turning countless heads in 2020 with the critically-acclaimed 40th Anniversary Celebration album, Gary Brewer & The Kentucky Ramblers have even more reason to celebrate as the project jumps to No. 1 this week on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart. The achievement marks the first time in his illustrious career that Brewer has topped...

Life of country music comedian Pete Stamper celebrated

When you think about Renfro Valley Entertainment Center and its legacy, you cannot help but think of Pete Stamper.  At the age of 89, Wallace Logan “Pete” Stamper passed away on June 8, 2020.  On what would have been his 90th birthday on July 25th, friends and family members gathered...

Musical heritage of the Commonwealth spotlighted in new map

Kentucky’s rich and varied musical heritage is highlighted and celebrated in the 2020-2021 Official Highway Map of the Bluegrass State. “Music is part of life in Kentucky and crosses many genres,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “By the same token, our official highway map is much more than a display of...