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KET putting state’s signature bluegrass music into national spotlight via documentary on PBS

One of Kentucky’s most popular exports — bluegrass music — will get the star treatment later this month. Ricky Skaggs That’s when PBS stations across the country are scheduled to air the KET-produced documentary Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music, placing the state’s signature music into the national spotlight. The two-hour film, dubbed the most comprehensive documentary on bluegrass...

Get Unreal — Bluegrass, that is — as attorney, musician Steve Martin interviews the ‘greats’

Steve Martin in his Erlanger home studio (Photo by Abigail Martin)   By Vicki Prichard Special to KyForward   A survey of the rapidly growing inventory of interviews that Steve Martin has squirreled away in the archive of his weekly radio show, Steve Martin’s Unreal Bluegrass, quickly reveals one thing: Talent knows no bounds – and that includes the host.   When Martin, who...

See KY: State’s Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue Region celebrates its deep-rooted traditions

Bill Monroe’s Birthplace in Ohio County (Photo from KentuckyTourism.com)   By Kathy Witt Special to KyForward   If you think Kentucky is only about horses and bourbon, then make your way to the western part of the state to experience a whole other side: bluegrass, blues and barbecue! You can hear, see, smell, taste and touch it all throughout the nine-county region that earns its name...

Lyn Hacker: Local band Newtown takes ‘trip back in time’ with its new CD, evolving sound

Newtown is hosting a CD release part tonight for its new CD, Time Machine. The event is at 8 p.m. at Natasha’s in downtown Lexington. (Photo provided)   The first time I ever heard Kati Penn-Williams sing, she was belting out “Workin’ On a Building” with all the force of a seasoned mountain singer, belying her tiny frame and urban upbringing. I thought to myself at the...