Category: Road Trips

Learn about where to visit Kentucky country music historical tourist attractions, such as Butcher Holler and museums on Kentucky music.

Country music roadtrip to Bristol, the birthplace of country music

If you are serious about music history, you need to make the journey to Bristol. Go for the music experience and leave with a new appreciation on the history of America’s music and cultural.  The best part is that you will learn about the roots of the music that plays...

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...

Sturgill Simpson finds his way back to Versailles

Woodford County welcomed one of their own hometown heroes and global music phenomenon, singer, songwriter and actor, John Sturgill Simpson. Sturgill Simpson was born in Breathitt County, but would move to Woodford County where he spent most of his youth growing up. Simpson was a Woodford County High School graduate...

JD Shelburne chosen for Kentucky Tourism Visitor Guide cover

Today, the Kentucky Department of Tourism announces that their 2020 Official Visitor’s Guide cover will feature Taylorsville, Kentucky native, and Nashville country music recording artist JD Shelburne. Known for his unwavering work ethic, the announcement comes on the heels of Shelburne wrapping up a very busy 2019 tour schedule, performing...

Renfro Valley legacy reaches its 80th season

In 1939, John Lair founded Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, nestled along the rolling hills off US-25 in Rockcastle County.  Prior to major interstate construction, travelers would arrive by horses and family cars to listen to the sounds of country, bluegrass, and gospel.  Renfro Valley would become known at the Country...

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...

CSX Santa Train to feature country duo as special guests

Country duo Maddie & Tae will be the special guests on the 76th running of the CSX Santa Train on Saturday, Nov. 17. First breaking out in 2013 with their Platinum-selling, No. 1 hit, “Girl In A Country Song,” the award-winning duo is back with new music. Their new single,...