Tagged: Kentucky History

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...

Gary Brewer & The Kentucky Ramblers announce 40th Anniversary Celebration

For over four decades, chart-topping singer/songwriter Gary Brewer has turned heads with his hard-driving sound and attention-capturing voice, which encompasses a variety of Bluegrass, Roots and Gospel influences. In celebration of the momentous milestone, Gary Brewer & The Kentucky Ramblers are excited to announce the commencement of their 40th Anniversary Celebration Tour, which will...

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...

KY Historical Society to host banjo making workshop

If you are a fan of traditional Appalachian music, you will enjoy learning about how to make a traditional mountain banjo.  The Kentucky Historical Society will be hosting a special 2-day workshop event with professional woodworker and sculptor, J. Daniel Graham.  The event will take place at the Thomas D....

Exploring the life of musician Dora Mae Wagers

One of the early banjo pioneers in Kentucky country and folk music would be that of Laurel County native, Dora Mae Woodall Wagers.  Dora Mae Woodall Wagers was born on July 14, 1927, in Laurel County, Kentucky, to Harry and Nancy Woodall.  She was raised in the community of Hazel...

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...

Keith Whitley exhibit coming to Country Music Hall of Fame

Keith Whitley exhibit coming to Country Music Hall of Fame

Keith Whitley has been added as a special exhibit with the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville beginning May 3, 2019. The Sandy Hook, Kentucky, native has influenced so many over multiple generations of music in bluegrass and country genres. The exhibit encompasses Whitley’s entire career, from his bluegrass...

October in Kentucky Country Music History

October in Kentucky Country Music History

Here are a few notable things that happened during the month of October in Kentucky Country Music History: Oct 1, 1935: Singer/guitarist Ray Sanders is born in St. John, Kentucky. He lands on the country charts more than 10 times in the 1960s and ’70s as an artist and plays...

Karl Shannon set to retire after 4 decades in radio

For over 45 years, Karl Shannon has been one of the most recognizable voices on the radio airwaves.  With his legendary career, he could write multiple books on what he has seen and heard behind the microphone. It all began when Karl Shannon left college after one year and took...

Lee Sexton cleaning his banjo in the film, Linefork. Photo courtesy of Linefork filmmakers.

Kentucky banjo picker Lee Sexton featured in film

Nestled in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky lies the community of Linefork. It is there where retired coal miner, Lee Sexton calls home, alongside his wife, Opal. Even at 90 years old, he continues to preserve the mountain music heritage with his unique banjo picking style. His music and life...