From the mountains to the bluegrass, musicians have been inspired by Kentucky for generations. Epic landscapes, legendary venues and uniquely American culture set the stage for today’s music-makers to create new tunes, master age-old instruments and revitalize folk music entirely. This documentary series takes a genuine, unfiltered look at the emotional stories that define Kentucky music by profiling musicians, bands and instrument-makers wherever they are for behind-the-scenes interviews and spontaneous jam sessions.
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After a 35-year career in country music, it’s safe to say that John Conlee is an icon. Starting in the late 1970s, his songs catapulted to the top of the charts more than two dozen times, defining the sound of country music during the urban cowboy era. Host Arthur Hancock learns about how Conlee grew up in Versailles, Kentucky, and after briefly working as a radio DJ, committed to music full-time.
Billie Renee Johnson
Born and raised in the small Eastern Kentucky town of Mt. Sterling, Billie Renee Johnson grew up performing gospel music in churches with her two sisters. While her parents taught her to appreciate all genres of music, her favorites are classic country and bluegrass. She now plays bass and sings with the group Billie Renee and Cumberland Gap. Host Arthur Hancock interviews Johnson at the Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival.