The original research and idea for Lexingtunes was started in the mid 1990s with the goal of publishing a short book about the many Lexington and Bluegrass-area artists and labels that shaped the music scene from roughly the 1950s to the early 1980s. This time period represented not just a great era for music, but a time when Lexington and nearby towns boasted numerous recording studios and several highly productive labels. The primary focus will be on artists in and around the Lexington / Central KY area that recorded on Kentucky labels with less attention paid to those regional artists that garnered national fame on major labels (although a few of those will probably creep into the mix as well).
As I tumbled deeper and deeper down the research rabbit-hole, I realized that a book really wasn’t the answer. There are too many pictures, too many songs, and too many stories for a simple printed page. Also, the emergence of the Internet as a truly wonderful resource made me question if this would even be a worthwhile venture. Surely, the information on everyone would surface eventually, right?*
Fast forward to too many years later and I realize that many of these artists I have researched and interviewed still do not have a decent profile on the web. Also, what if I get hit by a bus and never shared these photos and interviews with the world. Seems a bit of a waste, right?**
So, as time allows I will be adding entries and hoping that readers will offer up their own memories and fill in missing information, etc. I hope you find this a worthwhile project.
The years I’ve spent gathering things would have been made much more difficult if not downright impossible if not for the following collectors and friends and I thank them all:
Big Thanks to Dan Shorr and the crew at POPS
Kelly, Dwight, Kenton, John, Art, Jesse, Butch, Lee, Jeffrey Scott…
and I’m sure I’ll be adding other names I’ve forgotten…
* Looking for a ‘No’ answer here – I would also accept ‘Wrong’
** An emphatic ‘Yes” would do nicely in response to this one