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.

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The Legacy of Tom T. Hall

In the world of country music, there is no other person better known for his knack of telling a story through song like Tom T. Hall.  On Friday, we lost the legendary singer-songwriter, storyteller, musician, mentor, and for many, a friend.  If there is one thing about Tom T. Hall

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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

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