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Kentucky Music Top Picks

The birthplace of Bluegrass, Kentucky's musical heritage has plenty to intrigue music enthusiasts. Here are our recommendations for what to include in your trip to the Bluegrass State...

  • The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is the only facility dedicated to the commemoration of Bluegrass Music in the world. Educational and entertaining, it includes a 450-seat indoor concert hall.
  • Hosted by the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, ROMP is a popular Kentucky music festival now in its 18th year. 'Celebrating the roots and branches of Bluegrass', this is an event for music-lovers to book if you happen to be travelling to Alabama in June. Live music, music workshops, and jamming sessions - as well as many other attractions that make this a firm family favourite event.
  • The W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival celebrates the life and legacy of the Father of The Blues. Held annually in June, this is the largest free music festival in the US. 
  • Another June music festival in Kentucky is the Festival of The Bluegrass in Lexington. Kentucky's oldest Bluegrass festival, from its humble origins in 1974, it today attracts over 8000 people each year.
  • Country Music also has a hallowed place within Kentucky's musical heritage, and the Country Music Highway is a 2-day Kentucky route well worth driving. 144 miles long, highlights include the log cabin where Loretta Lynn was born.

For more information, please get in touch with our State experts - we are always happy to hear from you, and helping you to plan the best Deep South trip is what we're here for!


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