Tag Archives: History

Take a trip to Bill Monroe Homeplace and Museum

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

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 in was not too far …

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 …

Library of Congress acquires Marty Stuart’s audio-visual collection of country music history

Marty Stuart – via Marty’s Facebook Page Grand Ole Opry star and multiple Grammy Award winner Marty Stuart has amassed one of the largest private collections of memorabilia documenting country-music history. The Library of Congress announced in mid-May that the world’s largest library has acquired hundreds of hours of historic country-music footage, recordings and other …

Hank Williams, Sr. to receive special lifetime achievement award

Hank Williams, Sr. – from Country Music Hall of Fame The Pulitzer Prize Board has awarded a posthumous Special Citation to country music icon Hank Williams for his lifetime achievement as a musician, Columbia University announced today. The citation praises Williams for “his craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and …

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Announces 2011 Inductees

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame announced their class of 2011 today during a press conference conducted by Robert Lawson, Executive Director and Connie Hunt, Event Ceremony Executive Producer. Keith Whitley, Patty Loveless, Steve Wariner, John Michael Montgomery, The Goins Brothers, Molly O’Day and, Larnelle Harris will be the newest inductees into the prestigious Kentucky Music Hall …