Jessica Blankenship

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.

Laurel Cove and Master Musicians set the bar on music festivals

June and July have come in hot with the weather and music events in Kentucky.  Two events in southeast Kentucky have created a unique atmosphere that music fans have instantly grown to love.  In June, Pineville played host to the Laurel Cove Music Festival.  Then in July, the Master Musician Festival soaked up the sun …

J.D. Shelburne celebrates new music with hometown show

Kentucky country music singer-songwriter, JD Shelburne proved Saturday night that even though his address may now be in Nashville, his heart will always be in Taylorsville, Kentucky as he performed in front of thousands during his Hometown Show and album release party for his new record, Straight From Kentucky. Shelburne performed many fan favorites and recent singles such …

Mountain Arts Center presents the Appalachian Strings and Things Festival

July will be hot with some wonderful music acts coming to the Jenny Wiley Amphitheater in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.  The Mountain Arts Center will be producing the inaugural Appalachian Strings & Things on July 2-3. It is described as a mix of old, new, traditional, and progressive Bluegrass music, with some acoustic stylings thrown in. The music …

Heritage Music Series coming to London

London-Laurel County Tourism, along with Forcht Broadcasting’s WFTG The Wolf, and Kentucky Country Music have teamed up to produce an intimate acoustic concert experience, Heritage Music Series.  Multiple Kentucky based singer-songwriters will take to the stage the first three Saturdays in March at Heritage Hills Theater.  All shows will begin at 7:00 pm with limited …

Loretta Lynn is still woman enough to release new album in March 2021

Loretta Lynn is Still Woman Enough to be the Queen of Country Music. Photo by Russ Harrington.

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Still Woman Enough, Loretta Lynn’s new studio album on Friday, March 19, 2021.  The American music icon’s 50th studio album (excluding her 10 studio duet collaborations with Conway Twitty), Still Woman Enough celebrates women in country music. From her homage to the originators, Mother Maybelle Carter and the …