Tagged: In Memory

2020 Year in Review

The strength of country music in Kentucky with the year in review for 2020

When you look back at the year of 2020, you realize how close-knit the music community is.  In a year of uncertainty, there has been a stronger bond between the song, songwriter, and listener.  Here is a little recap of the many highlights of this year in review with Kentucky...

Clay County native, Ray Pennington, passes away due to house fire

Clay County native, Ray Pennington, passed away at the age of 86 in a house fire just outside of Nashville.  Pennington is best known for writing, “I’m a Ramblin’ Man” that Waylon Jennings took to the top of the charts.  Officials believe that the fire in his Hendersonville, Tennessee, home...

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...

Herman Webb passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2018. Photo courtesy of Phelps-Son Funeral Home.

Memorial service planned for Herman Webb

On early Saturday morning, Herman Webb passed away after a serious illness at the age of 83. Born September 3, 1934 in Johnson County, Kentucky, Webb was the son of the late Melvin “Ted” Webb and Clara Marie (Ramey) Webb. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death...

Country music returns to tradition in 2017

Does it seem like country music is sounding better?  You could easily divide country music into multiple sub-genres – cowboy/western, pop, rap, traditional, rockabilly, and more.  However, in looking at our top picks of albums, songs, and more, it appears the pendulum has swung back to the more traditional side...

Linda Lou Martin

Kentucky music legend Linda Lou Martin passes away

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame member, Wanda “Linda Lou” Martin, passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the age of 91 years old. She was born in Gate City, Virginia, on March 31, 1926 to Joseph Coy and Alice Calhoun Arnold. She was the widow of Emory Martin, who...

Dierks Bentley, Eddie Montgomery, and Rascal Flatts perform “My Town" in honor of Troy Gentry at “The 51st Annual CMA Awards." Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Kentucky music stars shine bright at CMA Awards

Last night, the stars of Kentucky were shining bright on stage during the 51st annual Country Music Association CMA Awards. Chris Stapleton showcased his vocal and instrumental talents, alongside his wife, Morgane, while singing “Broken Halos.” He would also gain two new trophies for his shelf. He won Best Male...

Troy Gentry at the KY Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Photo by Jessica Blankenship of Kentucky Country Music

Reflections of Troy Gentry and Don Williams

Friday was a tough day in the Kentucky music community as word spread quickly on the passing of Don Williams Troy Gentry. For many of us, we sit in shock wondering if the news is true. I received the news as I was talking to two friends about some music...

When a loved one dies

Papaw Jerry & Jessica back in time During the month of April, I took a break from some things and focused on family.  In between my full time job and doing my music stuff, I sat in the hospital room and then nursing home room as my grandpa was sick....

Honoring Their Memory – Country musicians we lost in 2016

Merle Haggard, Ralph Stanley, Jean Shepard, and Melvin Goins were just some of the many legends that passed in 2016. In the year 2016, music lost some major patriarchs and pioneers in the country music genre.  Several of those that had passed away performed up until the Lord called them up...