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Kentucky is the original birthplace of bluegrass music and of dozens of stars from many categories of music, especially country music. You can travel along U.S. 23 in eastern Kentucky, known as the Country Music Highway, and find the birthplaces of stars like The Judds, Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam, Ricky Skaggs and Billy Ray Cyrus. A wide variety of music destinations await you along the road: In Paintsville you’ll find the Country Music Highway Museum, in Renfro Valley the Country Music Hall of Fame, in Owensboro the International Bluegrass Music Museum and in nearby Rosine, the birthplace of the father of blueqrass, Bill Monroe. Listen for contemporary sounds taking the airwaves by storm by top Kentucky artists Jordan Smith, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson and Cage the Elephant. 

Don’t be surprised if you also stumble upon the site of a Kentucky bluegrass festival or one of many other Kentucky music festivals where international acts and local favorites alike share the stage and play all genres of music. When you leave you’ll want to listen to bluegrass music (and you might be humming a happy tune)
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Get the ultimate Kentucky music experience below with this guide to music attractions around the state. Enjoy a Kentucky bluegrass festival or visit the Country Music Highway Museum. Find the best of Kentucky’s music attractions below and start planning your trip today!
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Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ Owensboro, KY
RiverPark Center, beautifully situated overlooking the Ohio River, is a bustling regional performing arts and civic center hosting nearly 200,000 visitors every year, includin...
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ Rosine, KY
Enjoy a visit to this historic barn in Bill Monroe's hometown for live Bluegrass, country and gospel music. Dance or perform if you wish, Bring a lawn chair on summer nights t...
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Northern Kentucky River Region Shepherdsville, KY
Great Country Music every Sat night. Right off I-65 exit 117
Northern Kentucky River Region Bardstown, KY
There's Only One...The Stephen Foster Story Experience an evening of breathtaking music and beautiful costumes under the stars at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardsto...
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Kentuckys Appalacians Staffordsville, KY
The US 23 Country Music Highway Museum exhibits memorabilia about the many U.S. 23 Country Music Highway stars including Loretta Lynn, Chris Stapleton, Ricky Skaggs, Billy Ray...
Bourbon, Horses & History Waynesburg, KY
Family oriented establishment with live country music performances and a dance floor. There is a snack bar available. Located south of Stanford near Waynesburg.  
Bourbon, Horses & History Lexington, KY
The Woodsongs: Old Time Radio Hour is taped in front of a live audience every Monday at 7pm. A global living room concert, featuring grassroots independent artists from Appal...
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ Rosine, KY
There's Only One Birthplace of Bluegrass Music. Step back into music history at the beautifully restored boyhood home of Bill Monroe, the "Father of Bluegrass Music." Imag...
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