Along with beautiful countryside and thoroughbred horses, Kentucky is also known for being the home of bluegrass music!
Birthed in the Appalachian Mountains, bluegrass usually includes a fiddle, five-string banjo, guitar, mandolin, string bass and most of the time, a harmonica. The earliest bluegrass bands were formed as accompaniment to a rural mountain dance style known as buckdancing or clogging.
While in the past bluegrass was considered to be too region specific, it has over the years gotten quite the following due to country western stars like Dolly Parton and Ricky Skaggs along with popular bluegrass festivals like the Telluride Bluegrass Festival held each year in Colorado.
Kentucky Music Hall of Fame
Not just limited to Kentucky performers, songwriters, publishers, promoters, managers, broadcasters and comedians, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame also honors other music professionals from around the world who have made significant contributions to the music industry. Along with the hall of fame, there is also a museum, interesting exhibits, a gift shop and snack area.
Butcher Hollow – Birthplace of Loretta Lynn
Breathtaking scenery leads to the birthplace of the First Lady of Country Music, Loretta Lynn. Make sure to stop at Webb’s General Store and meet Loretta’s brother Herman. The store also has plenty of unique family photos and artifacts.
Renfro Valley Barn Dance and Jamboree Show
You’ll enjoy classic country, southern gospel and mountain bluegrass along with experiencing traditional old timey country buckdancing. There is also a charming village with unique shops offering handmade crafts along with several restaurants featuring down home southern fare along with the always popular Kentucky BBQ.
Sunday Morning Gospel Gathering
This gospel music show is held at the Renfro Valley Old Barn. It is one of the oldest continuously broadcasted radio programs in the country, played on 150 stations worldwide.
Old Kentucky Night with Hayride and Cookout at the Kentucky Horse Park
Relax on a bale of hay atop a tractor-pulled wagon and take in the unique view of this immaculate horse farm set in the gently rolling hills of the Bluegrass. The evening buffet allows everyone to help themselves to traditional Kentucky fare.
Kentucky Horse Park
Opened in 1978, the Kentucky Horse Park is both a working horse farm and an educational theme park. The Parade of Breeds is held twice daily and showcases common and rare horses from around the world. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of a world renowned Bluegrass horse farm, tour the barns and stables, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride or go horseback riding on the over 1,200 acres.