Author: Jon Grace

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...

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...

Beattyville native Ian Noe reveals new music with Between the Country

Kentucky is presently in the midst of writing one of the great chapters in country music history. Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, and Tyler Childers are helping change the game, and they’ve got an army of their incredibly talented peers backing them up. Music has always flowed through these hills; crawling...

Arlo McKinley

The rise of Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound

On April 27th, Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound performed his second sold out show at The Burl in Lexington, Kentucky. The tone for the evening was set as the band made their way to the stage. Half a fifth’s worth of Bulleit sloshed back and forth in the bottle...

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...

Master Musician Festival in Somerset, Kentucky. Photo by John Fitzwater.

Ten Must See Kentucky Country Music Events in 2019

With 2018 being water under the bridge, we not only get to reflect what an awesome year it was for music in Kentucky, but get to look ahead to an amazing year of concerts and festivals throughout the bluegrass. To help plan your weekends, we here at Kentucky Country Music...