Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Renfro Valley "A Place Like No Other"
One of my earliest -- and most vivid -- memories of Renfro Valley, Kentucky.
Happened when I first started driving and going places for myself.
I had always loved country music. I cannot remember a time when I was not aware of it.
Whether it was coming from my car radio while I was driving, or coming from my uncle's fingers when he played the banjo at family gatherings.
Situated in the Cumberland Mountains of Rockcastle County, Kentucky, Renfro Valley was a sleepy little farming town until 1939, when John Lair brought it to national prominence
Today, Renfro Valley is the music capital of Kentucky and known around the world.
When I went there for my first visit in the 1950'sThe "Sunday Mornin' Gatherin' was popular.
I remember attending the Gatherin a couple times, as well as the Saturday night barn dance, I thought they both were good and that they featured the best "Hilly-Billy and gospel music" I'd ever heard.
The Appalachian Harvest Festival, held in early October, is three days of "old timely things." featuring... round-the-clock music... as well as mule-drawn molasses making... a wagon train... clogging show... craft demonstrations...a turkey shoot...and a popular Country Music Talent Search.
I loved attending Renfro Valley back then and still do today, I have listened to the Sunday "Mornin Gatherin" for many years on the radio, Renfro Valley is a place where "Time Stands Still" for me.
Until Next Time. God Bless.