Kentucky Music

Kentucky Music

This series explores a variety of traditional musicians performing music ranging from old-time banjo and fiddle tunes and mountain ballads, to bluegrass and more contemporary music from the bluegrass state. A Jeffrey Hill/Morehead State University production.

All Past Episodes

Kentucky Wild Horse

26:40 | #113

Owen County's Kentucky Wild Horse takes its name from an old east Kentucky fiddle tune played by Wolfe County fiddler Darley Fulks, who possessed a vast repertoire of pre-Civil War tunes. The band's love and inspiration is Kentucky music from the 19th century through the present, especially its fiddle and banjo traditions.

Adkins and O'Quinn

26:36 | #112

Pike County's Adkins & O'Quinn compose new songs and instrumental tunes in their bluegrass style. Members of the group have played and toured with the Tommy Webb Band, Don Rigsby and Midnight Call, Junior Blankenship, and Hazel Holler.

Rich and the Po' Folk

27:05 | #111

Letcher County's Rich and the Po' Folks was formed by a group of friends that shared a love for the traditional mountain music of East Kentucky and Southwest Virginia. Their music is drawn from Appalachian fiddlers, banjo players, singers, and songwriters.

Karly Dawn Higgins

27:03 | #110

Rowan County's Karly Dawn Higgins made her start in traditional music with the all-female bluegrass band Hazel Holler. She fronts her own country group, Karly Dawn and Kinfolk, and can be seen performing with Sarah Wood as Karly Dawn and Little Sarie.

Nikkos Pappas and Seth Folsom

27:06 | #109

Nikos Pappas from Lexington, Kentucky, is a champion fiddler having taken home multiple awards. He performs with Seth Folsom from Louisville, a musician and world-class banjo maker.

John P. Rodgers

26:14 | #108

John P. Rogers, a young Carter County musician, is a talented multi-instrumentalist who has studied old-time music of his region.

Jamie and Jesse Wells

26:36 | #107

Jamie Wells is recognized as one of the finest Kentucky fiddlers today as well as one of the few that learned old-time fiddling from the last generation of great Kentucky fiddlers. He performs with special guest Jesse Wells.

Brett Ratliff

26:55 | #106

Musician Brett Ratliff grew up in the historic coal camps of Van Lear, Kentucky, in Johnson County. His music echoes with an exquisite reverberation that's been a part of Kentucky culture for generations.

Don and Carmen Rogers

26:36 | #105

Musicians Don and Carmen Rogers hail from Flat Bottom in Bath County. They come from strong musical roots and are passing the musical traditions down to their own duaghters. They perform traditional and original selections.

Mike Havens and Blue Mountain Grass

26:50 | #104

Mike Havens can sing a great old Flatt and Scruggs tune with the best of them but he is well known in bluegrass circles for his original material. He performs with his band Blue Grass Mountain.

Sarah Wood

27:05 | #103

Accomplished banjo player and ballad singer, Sarah Wood, one of Kentucky's young starlets in traditional music circles, performs her traditional music. Sarah grew up in Flatwoods, Kentucky and currently resides in Maysville.

John Harrod and Tona Barkley

26:55 | #102

Owen County musicians John Harrod and Tona Barkley perform music influenced by forgotten Kentucky artists like African American fiddler Bill Livers and Lily May Ledford, who recorded and performed with the group Coon Creek Girls.

John Haywood

26:45 | #101

Floyd County native, visual artist, and master banjo player John Haywood performs. John is part of the band Rich and the Po' Folk and the adventurous group the Travelin' Snakes who are featured on the MTV film The Wild and Wonderful Whites. He also performs solo at festivals and in concert around the U.S.

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