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 route lines and numbers. It symbolizes connection to the things

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 at more than 215 shows throughout his beloved home state

Museum of Appalachia to host Great Appalachian Fiddlers’ Convention

The Museum of Appalachia will be hosting the 2nd annual Great Appalachian Fiddlers’ Convention.  It is an opportunity for musicians across the region to compete for cash and bragging rights.  The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., rain or shine, on June 1, 2019. Join others for a day filled with music, contests, cash prizes, jamming

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 Music Capital of Kentucky.  In 2019, it is celebrating its

A behind the scenes look at the Loretta Lynn Ranch

You have probably seen the movie “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” as well as read the two biographies on Loretta Lynn.  However, I highly suggest that you take the journey to Butcher Holler in far east Kentucky to see the original homeplace that Loretta Lynn and her family grew up.  Then head down to Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, to learn more on the

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, “Friends Don’t,” “anchored around their stellar vocal pairings and some

New Special Exhibit Highlights Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

A new special exhibit at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum captures moments at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival with photographs taken by fans and festivalgoers. Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Through Your Eyes is a juried exhibit filled with images that show the many sides of the festival. “This exhibit is truly special because it came out