The twang of country music heard on the car radio as you travel along the Country Music Highway sets the tone for where coal is king and poverty lingers along the hollows. This is Appalachia. This is where kids grow up listening to blue grass, gospel and country music. This is where families encourage their children at an early age, to sing, play the mandolin, guitar or banjo. This is where, quietly through music, the people of Appalachia are preserving the heritage of this special place.
It is no wonder that this quiet edge of eastern Kentucky gives birth to more famous country singers than anywhere else in the United States. Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, Hylo Brown, Billy Ray Cyrus, Naomi and Wynonna Judd, Ricky Skaggs, Patty Loveless are but a few of the better known artists that were born here. Many more, who call this area home, are song writers, music producers or attached to the music business in some manner.