Monday, April 24, 2017

Chris Stapleton honored with road sign

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials have added Chris Stapleton to the sign as travelers go into Johnson County, Kentucky.

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Highway District Office 12: "We were privileged to meet with Chris Stapleton on Saturday evening before his show in Pikeville to present him with a replica sign marking his name on the Country Music Highway in Johnson County. We also gave him a framed copy of the General Assembly resolution that added his name to the highway.Pictured in the new cover photo are Stephanie Healey of Paintsville Tourism/Country Music Highway Museum and her friend Wade, Greg Couch, D12 Engineerng Support Branch Manager; Steve Roberts, D12 Sign Crew Supervisor; Kentucky Tourism Commissioner Kristen Brancum, Chris, Sara George, D12 Information Officer; Governor's Office representative Ellen Adkisson, and D12 Chief District Engineer Mary Westfall-Holbrook. Mary is pictured above presenting Chris with the replica sign"

New signs were installed last week adding Chris Stapleton to the Country Music Highway in Johnson County. Highway District 12's sign crew took down the old signs and put up the new at the Johnson-Lawrence County line and the Johnson-Floyd County line.  His name is alongside Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, and Hylo Brown.  The US 23 Country Music Highway features those that made an impact in country music from eastern Kentucky.  Music Fans can visit the US 23 Country Music Museum in Paintsville, Kentucky.  Find out more online by clicking here.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Loretta Lynn to release new album in 2017

Kentucky country music fans will be excited to hear that Loretta Lynn will be releasing a new album.  "Wouldn't It Be Great," the new album from Loretta Lynn, highlights The Queen of Country Music's original songwriting, as sharp as ever since her early days as a musical trailblazer in the 1960s. This third volume of recordings produced by Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash and recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee features 13 tracks all written or co-written by Loretta.

The follow-up to the Grammy-nominated Full Circle, mixes new compositions ("Ruby's Stool," "Ain't No Time To Go," "I'm Dying For Someone To Live For") with newly imagined renditions of timeless classics like the unforgettable "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)," Loretta's first of 16 career country No. 1 singles.

"Wouldn't It Be Great" by Loretta Lynn is set to be released on August 18, 2017.  Fans can pre-order the album by clicking here to order through  It will be available on vinyl, mp3, and cd formats.

Loretta Lynn Wouldn't It Be Great Track Listing
Wouldn't It Be Great
Ruby's Stool
I'm Dying for Someone to Live For
Another Bridge to Burn
Ain't No Time to Go
God Makes No Mistakes
These Ole Blues
My Angel Mother
Don't Come Home a Drinkin'
The Big Man
Lulie Vars
Darkest Day

Coal Miner's Daughter

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Chris Stapleton to release two albums in 2017

Chris Stapleton has announced that he will be releasing not one, but TWO albums this year.  The first one, "From A Room: Volume 1" is set for release on May 5, 2017, on Mercury Records.  Volume 2 is set for release this fall.

Fans can pre-order the album via Itunes (click here), or through his website with various bundles that include shirts and vinyl albums.

The nine song album features the following songs:
Broken Halos (Chris Stapleton and Mike Henderson)
Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning (Gary P. Nunn and Donna Sioux Farar)
Second One to Know (Chris Stapleton and Mike Henderson)
Up to No Good Livin' (Chris Stapleton and Casey Beathard)
Either Way (Chris Stapleton, Tim James, and Kendall Marvel)
I Was Wrong (Chris Stapleton and Craig Wiseman)
Without Your Love (Chris Stapleton and Mike Henderson)
Them Stems (Chris Stapleton, Jimmy Stewart, and Shawn Camp)
Death Row (Chris Stapleton and Mike Henderson)

Chris Stapleton has had a pretty extensive 2017 tour.  It follows a series of extraordinary years for Stapleton since the release of his breakthrough double Platinum solo debut album, "Traveller." Released May 2015 on Mercury Records Nashville, "Traveller" initially debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart with more than 27,000 albums sold, making it one of the best-selling first weeks by a debut country artist in 2015. 

Following a historic turn on the 49th Annual CMA Awards in 2016, where Stapleton became the first artist to win Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the same awards – Traveller became the first album to re-enter the Billboard 200 all-genre album chart at No. 1, where is stayed for two straight weeks. The critically acclaimed album went on to win multiple Grammy and ACM Awards and was the #1 selling Country album of 2016 and the fourth-highest selling album of 2016 across all genres.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Kentucky State Fair announces 2017 concert lineup

The sounds of summer return to Freedom Hall in August for the star-studded Kentucky State Fair Main Stage concert series. Three nights of music, ranging from country to hip-hop, offers something for everyone at the annual summer festival.

“The Main Stage concert series starts off with fun music from the 90s, and closes with a unique country rock tour right on the dirt in Freedom Hall,” said Jason Rittenberry, President & CEO of Kentucky Venues.  “With the tradition of Alabama and newcomer Tucker Beathard in between, we believe this is one of our strongest lineups for the Fair.”

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame hosts open house

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Officials and local official cut the ribbon for the Open House.
Photo by Jessica Bray
Just a year ago, it had seemed as though that the doors of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum would be closed forever.  However, with the partnership of local leaders and Rockcastle County Tourism officials, there was a strong desire to come together.  Soon the Rockcastle County Tourism office moved its headquarters into the Museum and hired a new manager of the museum, Avery Bradshaw.  Susan Tomes Laws has been leading the reins with the Rockcastle County Tourism office.  On March 25th, everyone in the community came together in support with an Open House and Ribbon Cutting with a start of a new era with the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Patsy Cline Museum set to open in Nashville

The Patsy Cline Museum opens to the public Friday, April 7, adding another attraction to the “must-see” list for Nashville tourists and locals paying homage to the personal and professional life of the icon.

“In her short nine years as a recording artist from ‘55 to ‘63, she forever changed the voice of country music, the role of female artists and influenced performers across all genres,” said founder Bill Miller. “To this very day, artists still cover her hits and you’ll hear her recordings used in motion pictures and TV series. She deserved her own museum as she continues to transcend generations of fans. We are honored to work with Patsy’s children to preserve her legacy.”

Friday, March 17, 2017

Celebrating the 100th birthday of Lily May Ledford

Kentucky country music legend and banjo picker, Lily May Ledford
Today marks the 100th birthday of Lily May Ledford.  She was born on March 17, 1917 in Pilot, Kentucky.  She began her career in music after being discovered at a talent contest in Chicago by John Lair.  Mr. Lair was the creator of Renfro Valley Barn Dance, which continues to this day here in Kentucky.