Arlo McKinley primed for success with “Die Midwestern”

Last summer, my wife and I took a trip to somewhere in middle-of-nowhere West Virginia (as someone from middle-of-nowhere, Kentucky…I say that lovingly) to attend Mountain Music Festival, an incredible event put on in large part by my buddy Charlie Hatcher. Charlie works for Whizzbangbam, a management team for Tyler...

Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers

Gary Brewer hits top of the bluegrass charts

After turning countless heads in 2020 with the critically-acclaimed 40th Anniversary Celebration album, Gary Brewer & The Kentucky Ramblers have even more reason to celebrate as the project jumps to No. 1 this week on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart. The achievement marks the first time in his illustrious career that Brewer has topped...

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...

Tyler Booth has released a new single, In God and Trucks We Trust.

Tyler Booth releases ‘In God and Trucks We Trust’ as new single

Kentucky country music artist Tyler Booth’s autobiographical new track “In God and Trucks We Trust” is out now. Written by Booth, Randy Montana, and long-time collaborator Phil O’Donnell, the song illustrates the hard-working, faith-filled spirit Booth relates to from growing up in a small town in Kentucky. You can listen...

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...

Relive memories of Kickin’ It On the Creek with new album release

Dolceola Recordings just announced the release of the compilation “Just Behind the Creek Sampler: Field Recording at Kickin’ It on the Creek 2019,” now available exclusively on Bandcamp through April 30th. The album is a sampler of “Just Behind the Creek: Field Recording at Kickin’ It on the Creek 2019,”...

Rye Davis showcases songwriting talents with Cut to Tape

Each and every day it seems like we are asking who’s going to fill the shoes of the legends in country music. One listen to Kentucky native, Rye Davis, and you’ll be asking for more. His second album, “Cut to Tape,” has recently been released and quenching the thirst of...

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...