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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...

Campbellsville University to host Grammy Award winner, Kentucky native Ricky Skaggs Dec. 6

Grammy Award-winning artist Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder will be in concert Dec. 6 at Campbellsville University’s Ransdell Chapel. Skaggs has earned 14 Grammy Awards, 11 International Bluegrass Music Awards, nine Academy of Country Music Awards, eight Country Music Awards, two Dove Awards, three honorary Doctorate Museum’s 2013 Artist-In-Residence and an Americana Music Association...

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...

Legendary Bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs to perform at Campbellsville University Oct. 13

The legendary 14-time Grammy Award-winner Ricky Skaggs, and his band Kentucky Thunder, will be in concert on Thursday, Oct. 13 at Campbellsville University’s Ransdell Chapel at 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville, as a part of this year’s Homecoming with the theme of “Best of the Bluegrass.” General admission tickets for the concert are $35. For information, call the Office...

Ricky Skaggs to perform at Bevin inaugural Welcome Party at the Center for Kentucky History

Renowned Kentucky musician Ricky Skaggs will be the featured performer at the Inaugural Welcome Party on Dec. 8, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. It is a tradition for Frankfort and Franklin County officials, along with the local tourism and convention commission, to welcome the incoming governor and his family to the community. The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. in the Grand Hall...

Tony Pence: Don Rigsby’s ‘high lonesome sound’ makes this music man worth a listen

Don Rigsby (Photos provided)   This is the first in an occasional series about the musical heritage of the Appalachian foothills and the impact the region’s songwriters, pickers and singers have on music today.   It’s about a 30-minute drive from Morehead to Sandy Hook winding along the narrow, curvy and tenacious road that is Kentucky Route 32 – a familiar stretch of highway...