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 started by a golf cart in the garage.  His wife

Jesse Keith Whitley discusses his musical heritage and upcoming projects

Nashville is always full of music activity, whether it is on Broadway, on the Grand Ole Opry stage, or within the walls of a recording studio.  Earlier this week, Jesse Keith Whitley spoke to Kentucky Country Music as he took a break from the recording studio.  Music is in his blood, literally, as his music heritage reaches back with his

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 of things. Recently I was asked to provide input into

The Judds to be featured in 2018 Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit

Today the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum announced The Judds will be featured in an exhibit opening Aug. 3, 2018. The exhibit will explore the lives and careers of the GRAMMY®-winning mother-daughter duo. Wynonna and Naomi Judd brought a fresh acoustic sound to country music, with unmistakable harmonies surrounding Wynonna’s powerful lead vocals. The Judds dominated the country

The African musical influence in the world of bluegrass music

African music has always influenced other musical genres.  When slaves came to the Appalachian Mountain region from Africa, they brought over a lot of their traditions.  Most of these traditions are shown frequently in the music world, especially in bluegrass music.   It is already known that the 4-string banjo originated from Africa, along with oral tradition.  The first banjos