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Interview with Joe Mullins | Hall of Fame Homecoming

Chris Joslin: Well, hey everybody. Chris Joslin here at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum in beautiful Owensboro, Kentucky, and I’ve got a special guest with me here today, a good friend, Joe Mullins. Joe Mullins, welcome.

Joe Mullins: Howdy Chris. Always glad to chat with an old friend like you and to be involved with anything at our Hall of Fame.

Chris Joslin: Well, thank you Joe. Joe and I are talking today because we have our inaugural Hall of Fame Homecoming coming up, Labor Day Weekend on Friday and Saturday. And Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers are essentially the musical hosts for that weekend. And what a treat. This weekend we get a concert, or that weekend we get a concert from Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, but we also get to visit with some of my favorite Hall of Fame members, Paul Williams and Del McCoury. Joe, thank you so much for making this happen. I can’t wait for this weekend to come. It’s been circled on my calendar for months.

Joe Mullins: Well, we made it happen. What a blessing that the Hall of Fame, using that beautiful Woodward Auditorium is having all kinds of great bluegrass and roots music continually you’ve got it all from Marty Stuart to Southern Gospel to the Bluegrass Legends.

So, we’re glad to have a spot at the auditorium for us to perform. Right. And I think we kinda made the idea happen together because. I’ve been blessed with such a wonderful friendship with Paul Williams all these years, and Paul has been a mentor of mine as long as I can remember. Doyle Lawson will tell you the same thing.

Paul was one of Doyle’s biggest mentors in his young years. Coming up in the, in the sixties and seventies, they’ve had a wonderful lifelong friendship. They even both were Sunny Mountain boys at the same time, just for a little bit. When Doyle first came to Nashville to play banjo with Jimmy Martin, Paul was still there playing man and singing.

And they’ve had that, that lifelong friendship since the 19, early 1960s. The last time that Doyle and Paul produced an album together, I gotta play the banjo on that album. And didn’t follow that but working six or eight shows at festivals and concerts with Del and Paul. And it is just a great blessing to be with both those two as family friends and as Hall of Fame members.

So, you and I put together a weekend that the Radio Ramblers get to work on Friday night, September 1st. We’ll do some Hall of Fame activities Saturday morning and on the 2nd I’m gonna talk a little bit about Industrial Strength Bluegrass. Several members of our Hall of Fame have roots running right from the neighborhood where the Radio Ramblers started in southwestern Ohio, and we had success with the album of the year a couple of years ago, the Industrial Strength Bluegrass album.

So, we’ll elaborate on Ohio’s bluegrass history. My dad became a Hall of Fame member last year too. Saturday afternoon, Paul Williams will be with me too, we’ll have some, maybe some pictures and video and, and a good conversation with Paul. He’s a joyous storyteller, but we found out a few weeks ago that Doyle Lawson’s wife, Suzanne, is in a health crisis right now, and Doyle and I talked personally and a few weeks ago and as well as you and Del.

He, he can’t make it. He can’t leave Bristol right now. Where his home base is, and hallelujah, our Hall of Fame friend Del McCoury says, well, I wanna be there. Yeah. And so, and Del and I, he’s been a friend and a mentor as well for, I guess I first heard Del on stage about 40 years ago, and I became unglued when Del really, when Ronnie first started with Dell.

Seemed like their tour efforts took ’em out of the Baltimore DC area more often. And it was in the early to mid-eighties. I was working Ralph Stanley’s Bluegrass Festival and I hear this high on some sound, just killing it from the stage. And I take off running from backstage to see what was going on.

And it was Del McCoury and the Dixie Pals. Then Rob wasn’t even on, on the road yet with them. It was Ronnie and, and Paul Sylvia, Sonny Miller, and brother Jerry McCoury on the base. And the Dixie Pals were just cutting a wide path. And I’ve been a, a McCoury fan and friend ever since then. And then Del and I had a, had a hit on our hands.

We won an award for our collaboration a couple years ago on a fun little tune called The Guitar Song. Mm-hmm. So, with Doyle in a little family crisis, needing to stay and be with Suzanne in the weeks ahead, I’m glad Del McCoury wants to be at the Hall of Fame and hang out with the Radio Ramblers and Paul Williams.

That’ll be on Saturday night. Have an Allstar mashup. Paul and I worked on a set list last week. Me and Del are gonna work on one this week, and we’ll help host that on Saturday night. So yeah, that’s what we’re gonna do.

Chris Joslin: Yeah, that’s gonna be great. Well, and, and you and I have talked before, you know, here at the Hall of Fame, you know, we’re a nonprofit.

We have exhibit space and changing exhibits. We do a ton of educational programs. We produce the television show, My Bluegrass Story, publish Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine. But live music really energizes everything that we do. So that’s central, but as you and I have talked, we want the Hall of Fame to be more than simply about entertainment and I think that’s what this weekend is all about.

Great music, great entertainment, but it goes much deeper than that. So what do you think it means to, to our genre? And you take me to people like you and me are lifelong bluegrass musicians and fans to, to have a place where you can come, not only hear Del McCoury, but you get to experience. A night with some hall of Famers in a really unique setting like this.

Joe Mullins: Yeah. It’s the place to be for this type of collaboration and storytelling event. I knew how extraordinary; I knew what the opportunities were gonna be after you and I got well acquainted when you first came to the Hall of Fame. When we cut the ribbon in October of 2018, and we had 12 or 15 Hall of Fame members there.

It was extraordinary and I got a picture of me and my son Daniel, out in front of the Hall of Fame with Paul Williams and the late JD Crow. And Doyle Lawson. And then I was chairman of the board for IBMA and we facilitated a special election and installed eight or nine new Hall of Fame members that, that night.

Mm-hmm. And then and had half a dozen others participate in the program. From, you know, the late Sunny Osborn to Rodney Dillard, Paul Williams and Doyle Lawson and Larry Sparks to have all those guys have a home and to have lifelong fans like me and you. And hundreds of others that were there that night.

Yeah. Have, have a place to call home that is worthy from the time you first come up. The sidewalk on Second Street, I guess in Owensboro. Beautiful building on the riverfront. And then every nook and cranny of that beautiful building celebrates what these guys built. And so to be there and have them reminisce about, you know, Paul Williams, he’ll tell us a good story about leaving West Virginia with Lonesome Pine Fiddlers when he was 17 years old, writing songs and singing on radio down in the mountains with those guys and leaving there, going to Chicago for their first recording session for RCA and he’s got a good story about that. And then stories about riding in the front seat of a, of a Packard with Ezra Klein Bally who showing those shows playing ballparks and selling boxes of candy.

They at intermission to make a living. Yeah. And of course. Wonderful storyteller, just like Paul and him telling stories about first working with Bill Monroe back in the days of a non-air-conditioned rhyming auditorium. It’s a treasure to hear that. Yeah. And then, and then Del on the road with his own band all these years he’s seen it all and done it all, and he is still passionate about it.

And you, and we see that every time Del McCoury or Paul Williams goes on stage, seeing him together is gonna be pretty special too.

Chris Joslin:  I agree. And I people make an effort. I know it is a little bit of an effort to come to Owensboro, but this is one of those weekends where it’s, it’s just one-of-a-kind programming and, and we just can’t wait.

And I think that’s just shine such a spotlight on the, the character and the nature of these great artists, these Hall of Famers that you and I grew up on and just love is the fact that they’ll come together for a unique night like this that there’s the kind of camaraderie amongst the artists, the musicians, but that they want to do this because they feel like things like this are important.

Hey, I’ve gotta mention too, Joe, I wanted to ask you how it feels with your father being inducted last year, long overdue in my book, and in fact, of course, his Hall of Fame plaque is here in the permanent exhibit. Telling the story of Hall of Fame members. And then each year we have a graphic that’s bigger than life that covers an entire wall in our lobby, basically welcoming the new Hall of Fame members.

So I see your father’s image every day when I come to work, and I think about that. And what does it mean to you and your family, knowing how your father just dedicated a lifetime to this music, such a labor of love and. Pass that passion on to you, that must be pretty special for you and your family?

Joe Mullins: It is. I haven’t got to visit the Hall of Fame. Excuse me. I haven’t got to be at the Hall of Fame since he was installed last fall as a member. So, it’ll be emotional, it’ll be overwhelming. It’ll be joyous to see his picture and his plaque. Prominently displayed alongside Peter Rowan and Norman Blake who went in last year.

Dad touched a lot of lives. He was a huge impact regionally in Kentucky and in Ohio. In this Industrial Strength Bluegrass neighborhoods surrounding Cincinnati and Dayton. My dad introduced tens of thousands of people to the music. He did it with passion and with dignity and with integrity. And same way, once he was a, a Radio legend in southwestern Ohio and had a very substantial audience he could bring in Reno and Smiley or the country gentleman or JD Crow in the New South, the Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and auditoriums and Halls and, and festival grounds.

Gave those guys substantial audience base, so many of these Hall of Famers, including Paul Williams, Del McCoury, they were cheering all my dad in, in the wings. By the time he retired until, you know, it was years after he passed away that he finally got into the Hall of Fame. And besides all that, he was a great fiddle player.

Worked on so many recording sessions. We’ll tell, we’ll talk about some of that. Yeah. Industrial Strength Bluegrass. The book and the album were both a success and the, the name Industrial Strength Bluegrass was given to Southwestern Ohio Bluegrass by Neil Rosenberg, who wrote the book, who’s also a Hall of Fame member.

And there’s a display, prominent display at the Hall of Fame right now that celebrates Southwestern Ohio’s Bluegrass heritage, and we’ll talk about some of that. Maybe on Saturday morning I think we’re gonna gather. We got a lot of folks are spending the entire weekend with us, the Hall of Fame, Friday night, the Radio Ramblers show.

I’ll point out a few things. We’ll sing some of those old songs at my dad was part of in recording sessions. We’ll sing some of the old songs at the Osborne Brothers in Red Island. First carved out working the honkytonks in downtown of Dayton. And it’ll be an industrial strength weekend all the way around.

So be an honor to be there.

Chris Joslin: So, if you’ve been looking for an excuse to visit Owensboro, to visit your Hall of Fame and Museum, I think this is the weekend to do it. It’s September the 1st and 2nd, and it’s gonna be unique. An event for any bluegrass person who loves bluegrass music because Friday night is Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers Saturday, some special programming with storytelling. Saturday night is just a special night of music with Paul Williams and with Del McCoury. And featuring Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers and two floors of exhibits as well. And we have this video, oral history archive that you can access as well.

So, there’s plenty to keep you busy for a couple days and so I hope folks will, will join us. Anything you wanna know about this, you can go to our website bluegrasshall.org. Just go to the tickets tab and scroll down until you see Hall of Fame Homecoming. And you get a ticket for Friday night, Saturday night, or both.

So, I hope you will join us here in Owensboro for Labor Day Weekend and then circle that weekend for every year thereafter. As we highlight, celebrate our Hall of Fame and specific Hall of Fame members. Joe, thank you so much. We can’t wait.

Joe Mullins: Thank you, Chris. It’s gonna be exciting.

Chris Joslin: All right, we’ll see you here in Owensboro Labor Day weekend.

Concert:
Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers

Concert:
Hall of Fame Homecoming Featuring Del McCoury & Paul Williams

Date:
September 1, 2023 – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Date:
September 2, 2023 – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Owensboro Concerts

Sam Bush

November 12, 2021 – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Ticket Prices: $42.00 – $68.00

There was only one prize-winning teenager carrying stones big enough to say thanks, but no thanks to Roy Acuff. Only one son of Kentucky finding a light of inspiration from Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys and catching a fire from Bob Marley and The Wailers. Only one progressive hippie allying with like-minded conspirators, rolling out the New Grass revolution, and then leaving the genre’s torch-bearing band behind as it reached its commercial peak.

There is only one consensus pick of peers and predecessors, of the traditionalists, the rebels, and the next gen devotees. Music’s ultimate inside outsider. Or is it outside insider? There is only one Sam Bush.

Tickets are on sale now.  VIP seating is $68, and reserved seating is $42.  Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the concert begins at 7:00 pm.   Bar and concessions available.


The Nashville Songwriter presented by Jagoe Homes

November 18, 2021 – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Ticket Prices: $10.00

Presented by Jagoe Homes – November 18th

Join us for an evening of original music live in Woodward Theatre!  The Nashville Songwriter takes place November 18th in Woodward Theatre.  Doors open at 6:00 pm, concert begins at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are $10 each for reserved seating.  Bar and concessions will available during the concert.

On Thursday, November 18th, The Nashville Songwriter returns with Regan Stewart, Nora Collins, and Conner Sweet.  Featuring professional songwriters based in Nashville, Tennessee, the series focuses on both hit makers and those searching for their first hit. The series highlights stories and lives of those working to create the soundtrack of America.


My Bluegrass Heart ~ Béla Fleck, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, & Bryan Sutton

November 26, 2021 – 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)Ticket Prices: $58.00 – $68.00

Two Shows:  5 pm & 8 pm

Over the last four decades, Béla Fleck has made a point of boldly going where no banjo player has gone before, a musical journey that has earned him 15 Grammys in nine different fields, including Country, Pop, Jazz, Instrumental, Classical and World Music. But his roots are in bluegrass, and that’s where he returns with his first bluegrass tour in 24 years, My Bluegrass Heart.

We are talking, of course, about mandolinist Sam Bush, fiddler Stuart Duncan, dobro player Jerry Douglas, bassist Edgar Meyer, and Bryan Sutton on guitar.  Join us for a special live performance in Owensboro, Kentucky of music from My Bluegrass Heart. Located on the riverfront with neighboring new hotels, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is THE destination for all bluegrass fans featuring live music and compelling exhibits.

Tickets are on sale now.  VIP seating is $68, and reserved seating is $58.  Doors open at 4:00 pm for the 5:00 show and 7:00 pm for the 8:00 show.   Bar and concessions available.  Click “Get Tickets” to select show time and tickets.


Lanham Brothers Jamboree Christmas Show

December 4, 2021 – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Ticket Prices: $15.00 – $20.00

Join us for the Lanham Brothers Jamboree Christmas Show on December 4th at 7 pm!  Brothers Randy and Barry Lanham celebrate roots music, clogging, and Kentucky arts with Christmas songs and entertainment to ring in the holiday season.  The Lanham Brothers Jamboree Christmas Show is a fundraiser for Volunteer Owensboro, presented by the following:

Modern Welding
Kenergy
Karen and Claud Porter
Encouraging Kids

Lanham Brothers Jamboree is an interactive fun family show with music, dance, skits, and crowd interaction. You never know when you might become part of the show. All shows are professionally recorded for broadcast on KET KY.

The Christmas show will feature special guests Jenny Beth Willis, Emily Wills, Kings Highway, Daniel White, The Bartlett Family, Chris Joslin, Chris Armstrong, and The Footstompin Express Cloggers.


Steven Curtis Chapman

December 13, 2021 – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Ticket Prices: $46.00 – $58.00

In a career that has spanned over 30 years, Steven Curtis Chapman is the most awarded artist in Christian music history with 59 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five GRAMMYs®, an American Music Award, 49 No. 1 singles, and selling more than eleven million albums and with ten RIAA-certified gold or platinum albums to his credit.

He has been featured on “Good Morning America,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” CNN, MSNBC, “60 Minutes,” E! Entertainment, “The Today Show,” “Fox & Friends,” “CBS This Morning,” and “The Tonight Show,” Glenn Beck’s “The Blaze,” along with appearing in the pages of People, Billboard, Parents Magazine, and more. A vocal supporter of adoption, Chapman, along with his wife Mary Beth, founded Show Hope in 2003, a nonprofit organization that helps restore the hope of a family to orphans.

Tickets are on sale now.  VIP seating is $58, and reserved seating is $46.  Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the concert begins at 7:00 pm.   Bar and concessions available.

The Del McCoury Band at Woodward Theatre

Owensboro, KY, August 15th, 2018 – Grammy® winner and Hall of Fame member Del McCoury performs in Woodward Theatre on Saturday, December 8th, 2018. 

Even among the pantheon of music’s finest artists, Del McCoury stands alone. From the nascent sound of bluegrass that charmed hardscrabble hillbilly honkytonks and the crowning glory of the Grand Ole Opry, to the present-day culture-buzz of viral videos and digital streams, Del is the living link.  Countless hours of recording sessions and miles of tireless touring have dotted the decades. Del carries on, and carries with him the hallowed traditions of bluegrass and its dedicated following.  The Del McCoury Band won Grammys for Best Bluegrass Album in 2005 and 2013.

Tickets are on sale Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 at 11 am.  Preferred seating tickets are $45, and general tickets are $35.  Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm.  Tickets are available online at:  bluegrassmuseum.org/tickets.

More information, including print-ready graphics and artist renderings of the new building, can be found at:  bluegrassmuseum.org/press.

About the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Located in Owensboro, Kentucky, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is a nonprofit dedicated to the history and preservation of bluegrass music. Among the many community and educational events produced by the, the Hall of Fame is the annual ROMP Fest, a four-day bluegrass music festival attended by over 25,000 annually.  Learn more about the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum at bluegrassmuseum.org and connect with us on social media @bluegrassmuseum.

Hot Rize at Woodward Theatre

Owensboro, KY, August 7, 2018 – On tour for their 40th Anniversary, Hot Rize performs in Woodward Theatre on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018. 

Steeped in bluegrass tradition through long hours on the road spent listening to the genre’s giants, Hot Rize’s music was and is equally informed by a taste for the music of Leadbelly and Freddie King, swing, old-time Appalachia and more in ways that mirror the broad sweep of Bill Monroe’s influences.  Their original songs are part of the bluegrass canon, and their showmanship earned them the first ever IBMA Entertainer of the Year award.

Tickets are on sale Wednesday, August 7, 2018 at 11 am.  Preferred seating tickets are $46, and general tickets are $35.  Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm.  Tickets are available online at:  bluegrassmuseum.org/tickets.

More information, including print-ready graphics and artist renderings of the new building, can be found at:  bluegrassmuseum.org/press.

About the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Located in Owensboro, Kentucky, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is a nonprofit dedicated to the history and preservation of bluegrass music. Among the many community and educational events produced by the Hall of Fame is the annual ROMP Festival, a four-day bluegrass music festival attended by over 25,000 annually. Grand Opening weekend of the new facility is October 18-20, 2019. Learn more about the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum at bluegrasshall.org and connect with us on social media @bluegrasshall.

The Infamous Stringdusters at Woodward Theatre

Performing Friday, November 9th, 2018

Owensboro, KY, July 26, 2018 – Award-winning group, the Infamous Stringdusters, perform at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Woodward Theatre on November 9th, 2018. In a genre known for traditionalism, they have consistently covered new ground, inspired fans, and redefined what a bluegrass band can be. 2018 represented a high watermark for the quintet as they took home a GRAMMY® Award in the category of “Best Bluegrass Album” for their 2017 release Laws of Gravity.

General admission tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 31st at 11 am. All tickets are $38.00 each. Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm. Tickets are available at: bluegrassmuseum.org/tickets.

More information, including print-ready graphics and artist renderings of the new building, can be found at: bluegrassmuseum.org/press.

About the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Located in Owensboro, Kentucky, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is a nonprofit dedicated to the history and preservation of bluegrass music. Among the many community and educational events produced by the Hall of Fame is the annual ROMP Festival, a four-day bluegrass music festival attended by over 25,000 annually. Grand Opening weekend of the new facility is October 18-20, 2019. Learn more about the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum at bluegrasshall.org and connect with us on social media @bluegrasshall.

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder at Woodward Theatre

Skaggs will play two dates – 11/16/18 & 11/17/18

Owensboro, KY, July 26, 2018 – The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is thrilled to announce Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder will perform two dates in Woodward Theatre:

  • Friday, November 16th, 2018
  • Saturday, November 17th, 2018

Skaggs, a Kentucky native and 15-time Grammy winner, is part of the 2018 induction class of the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame as well as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.  The IBMA Hall of Fame is exhibited in the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, which opens its new $15M facility in Owensboro, Kentucky with a weekend celebration October 18-20, 2018.

Tickets for both shows go on sale Thursday, July 26th at 11 am.  Preferred seating tickets are $55.50 and regular seating tickets are $45.50, for both dates.  Doors open at 7:00 pm, shows begin at 8:00 pm.

About the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Located in Owensboro, Kentucky, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is a nonprofit dedicated to the history and preservation of bluegrass music. Among the many community and educational events produced by the Hall of Fame is the annual ROMP Festival, a four-day bluegrass music festival attended by over 25,000 annually. Grand Opening weekend of the new facility is October 18-20, 2019. Learn more about the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum at bluegrasshall.org and connect with us on social media @bluegrasshall.

Lineup and Details for Grand Opening Weekend

Owensboro, KY, July 10, 2018 – The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum celebrates the grand opening of its new home October 18-20, 2018. The $15 million building at 311 West Second Street, in downtown Owensboro, Kentucky opens its doors with three days of music highlighting the rich past, dynamic present, and exciting future of bluegrass music.

Schedule:

Thursday, October 18th Legends Night:  The first event in the new building takes place in the state-of-the-art Woodward Theatre and centers on the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) special Hall of Fame induction class of Vassar Clements, Mike Seeger, Jake Tullock, Allen Shelton, and Joe Val. This special evening features performances by current Hall of Fame members as well as other artists paying homage to those who shaped bluegrass music. Due to the nature of this event, attendance is by invitation only.

Friday, October 19th Sam Bush Concert:  Kentucky native Sam Bush headlines the first public event in Woodward Theatre, which has already sold out. Much like one of his influences, Bill Monroe, Sam Bush is an innovator and continues to push the boundaries while tipping his hat to those who blazed the trail before him.

Saturday, October 20th Free Day of Music:  Saturday features FREE concerts on the outdoor stage. Called “Downtown ROMP,” it is a full day of music with performances by High Fidelity, Front Country, Town Mountain, and headliner Yonder Mountain String Band. A capacity crowd of 1,500 is expected. This is also the first day the general public may tour the new museum. 

More information, including print-ready graphics and artist renderings of the new building can be found at:  bluegrassmuseum.org/press.

About the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Located in Owensboro, Kentucky, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is a nonprofit dedicated to the history and preservation of bluegrass music. Among the many community and educational events produced by the, the Hall of Fame is the annual ROMP Fest, a four-day bluegrass music festival attended by over 25,000 annually.  Learn more about the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum at bluegrassmuseum.org and connect with us on social media @bluegrassmuseum.

Sam Bush Will Headline Grand Opening

Owensboro, KY, July 3, 2018 – On Friday, October 19th, Sam Bush will perform during the Grand Opening weekend of the newly constructed Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky.  This event will take place in the 450-seat state of the art Woodward Theatre.  

Executive Director, Chris Joslin, stated, “Sam Bush is not only a fan favorite, but he is a huge supporter of the work we do here at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum.  He is a Kentucky native and the perfect link between the first-generation artists and the next generation. It’s clear from his performance at ROMP this year that he is at the top of his game.  I can’t wait to see him break in Woodward Theatre October 19th!”

A full schedule of performances and events for Grand Opening weekend will be announced at a later date.

More information, including print-ready graphics and artist renderings of the new building can be found at:  bluegrassmuseum.org/press.

About the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Located in Owensboro, Kentucky, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is a nonprofit dedicated to the history and preservation of bluegrass music. Among the many community and educational events produced by the Hall of Fame is the annual ROMP Festival, a four-day bluegrass music festival attended by over 25,000 annually. Grand Opening weekend of the new facility is October 18-20, 2019. Learn more about the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum at bluegrasshall.org and connect with us on social media @bluegrasshall.

Bluegrass Museum Renamed Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Owensboro, KY, April 16, 2018 – The International Bluegrass Music Museum is now the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum.  Executive Director Chris Joslin stated, “We have been the home of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame since day one, so it’s time our name reflects that.  Much like the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, we are the worldwide destination for our genre, bluegrass music.”

Joslin added, “It’s more than a name change. This new branding sets the stage for the October grand opening of our new facility.”

With investment from the City of Owensboro, Daviess County, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and many corporations and individuals, the new $15.3M Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum will open the weekend of October 18-20, 2018 with live music, special guests, exhibit openings, and a celebration of the legends of bluegrass music.

More information, including print-ready graphics and artist renderings of the new building can be found at:  bluegrassmuseum.org/press.

About the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Located in Owensboro, Kentucky, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is a nonprofit dedicated to the history and preservation of bluegrass music. Among the many community and educational events produced by the, the Hall of Fame is the annual ROMP Fest, a four-day bluegrass music festival attended by over 25,000 annually.  Learn more about the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum at bluegrassmuseum.org and connect with us on social media @bluegrassmuseum.

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