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Kentucky highway map available; musical heritage of the Commonwealth spotlighted in new map

Kentucky’s rich and varied musical heritage is highlighted and celebrated in the 2020-21 Official Highway Map of the Bluegrass State. “Music is part of life in Kentucky and crosses many genres,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “By the same token, our official highway map is much more than a display of route lines and numbers. It symbolizes connection to the things and places that matter most to us.” The...

Follow U.S. 23 Country Music Highway into the Kentucky rich with the history its biggest stars

By Robin Cornetet Kentucky Today Road signs along the County Music Highway through Kentucky’s mountain region tout the many Nashville stars with roots around here, including Loretta Lynn, Naomi and Wynona Judd, Chris Stapleton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ricky Skaggs, Dwight Yoakum, Keith Whitley, Patty Loveless, Crystal Gayle and Tom T. Hall, among others. 
Country music fans from across the nation travel...

Rural Blog: Loretta Lynn has new album, documentary on public television

PBS will air a documentary, “Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl,” detailing the Appalachian roots of the 83-year-old country singer who was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky coal country, Kristin Hall reports for The Associated Press. The documentary coincides with the release of Lynn’s first album since 2004, “Full Circle,” which includes many of the Appalachian songs...

Kentuckian and country music legend Loretta Lynn named 2013 Medal of Freedom honoree

Loretta Lynn in 2013 at 81 (Photo from Facebook)   Staff report   Kentucky native and the most awarded woman in country music, Loretta Lynn will receive the nation’s highest civilian honor – the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The announcement was made Aug. 8 in a prepared statement from the White House.   “This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary...