The Bluegrass state has a rich history of singers/songwriters who were inspired by life in Kentucky.  Whether it be the Appalachians in Eastern KY or the “hollers and hills” through the central parts, these famous folks hail from and found musical muse right here in KY. Did you know these well-known musicians are KENTUCKY MADE?

-by Reagan Wempe

Loretta Lynn

The Coal Miner’s Daughter was born in Johnson County, KY.  She is a legend in the world of country music with over twenty #1 singles on the charts over the years.

In 1972, Loretta Lynn was the first woman named "Entertainer of the Year" by the Country Music Association, and is one of five women to have received CMA's highest award. She was named "Artist of the Decade" for the 1970s by the Academy of Country Music. Lynn was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999. She was also the recipient of Kennedy Center Honors in 2003. Lynn is ranked 65th on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She is also a member of the 2002 (Inaugural) Induction Class of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Visit her official Web site for more information.

Sundy Best

Nick and Kris, are big time names in Lexington, KY with their “home” place as Redmon’s Bar.  Their songs bring to light the winding roads through some of the state’s most beautiful scenery (The Mountain Parkway) and life back in Eastern KY.

This group has a unique sound and each song tells a story.  Sundy Best is playing shows all around and has made stops at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.  This is one of my absolute favorite groups, and the toe-tappin’ tunes coupled with the real-story inspiration are enough to make anybody sing along!  We will all be looking for the next concert – keep making the Bluegrass proud!

The Judds

Naomi Judd and daughter Wynonna from Ashland, KY have continued to create hit songs and win awards for their work.  Wynonna has won Grammys in the past and currently has her birth place featured on the Kentucky Country Music Highway.

Let’s not forget sister, Ashley Judd!  Although her claim to fame isn’t from singing, she is a well-known actress and a diehard supporter of the University of Kentucky Wildcats!  The Kentucky roots run deep in the Judd family.

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WBKR brings you the spirit of Kentucky. On Saturday, September 5th and 6th at the Cliff Hagan Boys and Girls Club of Owensboro join WBKR at the Boys and Girls Club for the first annual Kentucky Made Expo. We’re taking the “buy local” movement seriously as we’ve searched the Kentucky counties high and low to find the best of the Bluegrass. From Clooney to Sanders, Derby Pie to Marker’s Mark, Kentucky’s got hundreds of reasons why this expo will be finger lickin’ good! Cost $5 with a portion of the proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club and 11 and under free.

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