Category: History

Kentucky’s music history began with Appalachian folk music that descended into the eastern portion of the state when the pioneers began to settle. As time progressed, people passed on the traditions of country music and Appalachian music songs.  Many of those songs were sung while working in the farm fields, on front porches, in church, at barn dances such as Renfro Valley Barn Dance, and one room school rooms.  For many, the music moved them to reflect on life, whether it was of sadness or happier times.

Darrell Scott explains the story behind You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive

When it comes to Kentucky songs, there is no one that haunts us more than “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive.”  While many remember the Patty Loveless version of the song, they may not realize that it was written by Laurel County native, Darrell Scott.  Most recently, the Kentucky Music Hall...

Loretta Lynn statue added to Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium unveiled the latest addition to its Icon Walk this morning with a statue honoring American music icon Loretta Lynn. The detailed bronze likeness was added to the permanent outdoor exhibition on the historic venue’s grounds ensuring the profound musical innovator and country music trailblazer will forever remain part of the Soul of...

Clay County native, Ray Pennington, passes away due to house fire

Clay County native, Ray Pennington, passed away at the age of 86 in a house fire just outside of Nashville.  Pennington is best known for writing, “I’m a Ramblin’ Man” that Waylon Jennings took to the top of the charts.  Officials believe that the fire in his Hendersonville, Tennessee, home...

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...

Bill Monroe Homeplace was restored in 2002 and is available to tour. Photo by Jessica Blankenship.

Take a trip to Bill Monroe Homeplace and Museum

Nestled in the hills of Ohio County in Kentucky sits the homeplace of Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music.  The address is 6210 US Highway 62 East in Beaver Dam, Kentucky.  The home was built in 1917 when Bill was around 6 years old.  The house he was born...

Garrick 'Puddin' Howell with Greg Austin. Photo by Warren Cobb.

Maintaining sobriety in the music industry

As you step foot into any honky tonk, you are bound to hear Merle Haggard’s voice in the distance singing, “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down.”  For some, this would become a dark reminder of trying to maintain their sobriety in the music business. For years, it seems like Hollywood...

Gary Brewer & The Kentucky Ramblers announce 40th Anniversary Celebration

For over four decades, chart-topping singer/songwriter Gary Brewer has turned heads with his hard-driving sound and attention-capturing voice, which encompasses a variety of Bluegrass, Roots and Gospel influences. In celebration of the momentous milestone, Gary Brewer & The Kentucky Ramblers are excited to announce the commencement of their 40th Anniversary Celebration Tour, which will...

Kentucky Music Acts to Watch in 2020 according to Kentucky Country Music - Cody Lee Meece, Dustin Collins, Ian Noe, JD Shelburne, Joslyn & Sweet Compression, Kevin Dalton, Kristi Stanley, Phoebe White, Rachel Crowe Band, Tiffany Williams, Tyler Booth, Tyler Smith

Introducing Kentucky music acts to watch in 2020

Each year, Kentucky Country Music likes to promote music acts that we feel like could rise even further in their year.  Each of these acts have showed off their talents on the stage and in the studio and should be some that others should get to know.  For 2020, we...