String music

General Butler will be one host
of ‘Cradle of Bluegrass Music Trail’

Concerts to be held at three state parks
and Frankfort Convention center

Staff Report

(April 2007) – Gen Butler State Resort Park will be among three state parks to play host to a new bluegrass music tour, set to begin in April as part of the “Cradle of Bluegrass Music Trail.”

J.D. Crowe

Photo provided

J.D. Crowe will
perform at General
Butler on May 19.

The idea of the tour is to promote the dual message that Kentucky is the home of Bluegrass music and a great state park system, state officials said.
The “Cradle of Bluegrass Music Trail” is a series of four bluegrass concerts held at three state resort parks and the Frankfort Convention Center. The headliner for the April 21 Frankfort Convention Center show will be the legendary Earl Scruggs, with a Kentucky legend, Tom T. Hall, serving as master of ceremonies.
The series also includes some well-known Kentucky musicians – Don Rigsby, Larry Cordle, Bobby Osborne, Grammy and Dove Award-nominated Kenny Bishop, Melvin Goins, the Grascals and J.D. Crowe and the New South.
“We’re excited about offering bluegrass concerts at our state resort parks,” said Parks Commissioner J.T. Miller. “We think this will add to the variety of entertainment and programming available at the parks.”
The Grascals’ “Long List of Heartaches” album, nominated for a Grammy, is at the top of the National Bluegrass Survey, according to Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine. Crowe’s “Lefty’s Old Guitar” is second followed by “Hillbilly Heartache” by Rigsby and Midnight Call.
The series kicks off April 7 at Rough River Dam State Resort Park near Leitchfield. Following the Convention Center show April 21, there will be an April 28 concert at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park near Prestonsburg, and then a May 19 show at Butler Park in Carrollton.
The concerts, sponsored by the Kentucky State Parks and America’s Bluegrass Inc., all start at 1 p.m. and will feature a combination of bluegrass and gospel music.
Lodging packages will be offered at the three state park locations that will include the concert, a night’s lodging, meals and an opportunity to meet the entertainers.
Ticket prices for the April 21 concert at Frankfort will be $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Prices for each of the three concerts at state resort parks will be $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To order tickets, call the parks at the numbers listed below. For the April 21 concert at Frankfort Convention Center, call toll free 1-800-741-2707 or visit: www.parks.ky.gov.

Following is the entertainers schedule for each concert:
• April 7 at Rough River Dam State Resort Park (near Leitchfield, Ky.; call 1-800-325-1713): The No Bottom Boys; The Palmetto State Quartet; Tim Surrett
Don Rigsby; Larry Cordle; Kenny Bishop; The America’s Bluegrass Band.
• April 21 at Frankfort Convention Center (1-800-741-2707): Earl Scruggs with Family and Friends; Stringtown; The Freemans; Melvin Goins; Don Rigsby; Larry Cordle; Kenny Bishop; The America’s Bluegrass Band; Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top Express
• April 28 at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park (near Prestonsburg, Ky.; call 1-800-325-0142): The Joe Freeman Band; The Singing Cookes; Melvin Goins; Don Rigsby; Larry Cordle; Kenny Bishop; The America’s Bluegrass Band; The Grascals.
• May 19 at Gen. Butler State Resort Park (at Carrollton, Ky.; 1-866-462-8853): Melvin Goins; The Freemans; The Palmetto State Quartet; Don Rigsby; Larry Cordle; The America’s Bluegrass Band; Kenny Bishop; J.D. Crowe and the New South.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges – more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy.

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