Live Music Sites

Front Porch Pickin’

US 23 Country Music Highway Museum
Every Thursday Night-7PM
Paintsville, KY

Everyone is invited to attend Front Porch Pickin’ held every Thursday night at 7PM.

Come take the stage and pick a little or dance along with the great musical talent showcased during our open mic event. Admission is $3.00 per person.

Songwriter’s Night

December 2  7:00 PM at the

Historic SIPP Theatre

Join three mountain artists as they sing, play, and discuss their current works in Nashville, TN.
The evening will feature Josh Martin, Brittany Taylor, and Adam Chaffins. Each artist has their own style and story.
This event is hosted by Paintsville Tourism and Paintsville Main Street Program. Doors open at 6:00 P.M.
Admission is $5.00. Tickets at the door or by following this link

Kentucky Opry Christmas Theme Show  November 25 thru December 17  at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg $13.00, adults;  $11.00, seniors; students, $10.00.

Gearhart Auditorium Big Sandy Community and Technical College   Nick Jamerson  November 17 admission $1


Benefit Show in Louisa Scheduled October 22

A Bluegrass benefit show targeting Huntington’s Disease is set for the Lawrence County Senior Citizens Center at 100 Pike Street in Louisa on Saturday, October 22. Talent for this Singing For A Cure Show includes Larry Cordle,  award winning singer-songwriter and one of the superstars from the Country Music Highway.  Rising Bluegrass group Hammertowne and Carly Kirk will also perform. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 and admission is $10.00.

Two full days of music will entertain at Paintsville’s 52nd Apple Festival

The main stage downtown will feature over a dozen different groups, and the Friday night headliner is Kelsie May, famous for her appearance on the 2014 NBC The Voice talent search.
Saturday evening it will be Glen Campbell’s daughter Ashley Campbell. Both evening performances will begin around 9 p.m.



The Kentucky Travel Industry Association has ranked this festival in the Top 10 in the state. The Saturday, September 24 evening entertainers will be 60s rock and soul stars the Marvellettes and The Heartbeats.

29th annual  Louisa Septemberfest highlighted by a  carnival ,car show, food vendors,  crafts and live music.

(listed below)

Friday Sept. 9 6 p.m., Carrier Band; 7:30 p.m., Already Gone Band; 9:30 p.m., 7 Bridges Band Sat. Sept. 10 3 p.m.,  Po Ramblin Boys; 4 p.m.. Ralph II; 5:30 p.m.,  Jodi Perkins; 6 p.m., 2G Band; Marty Brown;  7 :30 p.m.; and Craig Wayne Boyd, 9:30 p.m.

Stapleton Tours Across the Country Making Stops in Louisville and Cincinnati

After a dazzling year of awards in the fall of 2015 and earlier this year, Chris Stapleton took away the honors at this summer’s CMT Awards for Breakout Video with “Fire Away”. Stapleton, with wife Morgane and the band performed Parachute to critical acclaim at this year’s CMT Awards telecast Wednesday, June 8. Stapleton continues to actively tour across the US He will appear in Cincinnat at the Riverbend Music Center Sat. August 27 and in Louisville on September 9 at the Waterfront Park.

Van Lear Will Host Ralph Stanley II and 

Many Others Fri., Aug. 5 and Sat., Aug. 6

Ralph Stanley II will be on stage near the Coal Miners Museum Friday, August 5 at 9 p.m. during the 31st Van Lear Town Celebration. Other Friday night performers will be Charlie Hall and the Rocky Knob Ramblers, Black Powder Express, and Five Miles From Nowhere. Saturday’s performers will be from 5 to 6 p.m., The Mountain Wayfarers,  followed in order by the Kentucky Valley Boys,  First Time Around, Now And Then Band,, and Five Miles From Nowhere. Performance schedules are subject to change.

Applebees in Ashland

Serves Live Music

The Ashland location of Applebee’s restaurant at 505  Armco Road has nearly a month of live music in July.   For Four consecutive Wednesdays,  July 10, 17, 24, and 31,  patrons will be treated to live performances.

Pikeville Funsraiser Rescheuled At Hampton Inn July 29

Hampton Inn in PVikeville To Host  Pike County Tourism CVB will be having a fundraiser event, “Artists’ Spotlight Night at The Hilton Garden Inn”, Friday, July 29thThis event is being hosted at the Hilton Garden Inn terrace, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for this event are $25/person, and can be purchased in advance at the Pike County Tourism CVB office, located on the bottom floor of the Pikeville Hampton Inn, or at the door as available. This event will feature great food, a cash bar, refreshments, children’s activities and door prizes, with entertainment provided by Jim Hunt and the Jaguars, Jason Goble and Marlana VanHoose. For xomplete information on this special night, go to our News And Attractions page.

Here are musical shows

tied to July Fourth

Events Along The C M H!

1052px-CountrySingerTracyLawrence At Summer Motion in Ashland, Ky on Monday, July 4th the headline performance at around 9 p.m. will be by renowned country performer Tracy Lawrence. LORRIE MORGAN

Lorrie Morgan will perform live in downtown Whitesburg in Letcher Co. at the Riverside Park.  Morgan, the widow of famous Country Music Highway area superstar, the late Keith Whitley,  will begin her show Monday, July 4 at 8:30 p.m.

Kelsie May 2016

Kelsie May to Perform Sat. July 2 at Prestonsburg

Kelsie May will be an added attraction to the Ky. Opry Summer Show on Saturday, July 2 at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. The Louisa native made noise in 2015 on NBC’s The Voice when 3 judges turned their chairs around for her while singing “You’re Looking at Country,” by music legend and Johnson County native Loretta Lynn. Kelsie ultimately chose a position on team Blake, even after Christina Aguilera did her best sales job. Kelsie has now performed alongside artists such as Marty Stuart, Jo Dee Messina, Rae Lynn, and fellow Kentuckians Montgomery Gentry. She also has toured with X Factor Season 2 winner Tate Stevens. Since her eye opening run on The Voice, she has joined forces with industry veteran Bob Kinkead, of the Kinkead Entertainment Agency. Kelsie has also performed on the historic Wheeling (WV) Jamboree. Showtime is 7:30.

A Singer From “The Voice” Will Perform at Railroad Days

For the 2016 Russell Railroad Days June 17 and 18, musical events will be plentiful. Cody Wickline, a recent NBC TV contestant on “The Voice is sheduled. In addition, there will be a regional talent show, called “Talent On The Tracks”.
Ricky Skaggs
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder will perform live 730 p.m. June 10 at the East Ky. Expo Center in Pikeville.

 Live Music Is a Weekly Feature at Ashland Restaurant

Applebees of Ashland has scheduled live music on Wednesday evenings for the weeks and months ahead in 2016.  The restaurant is located at 505 Armco Road.


The roots string band has been together for 16 years, and were the first ones to have a hit with “Wagon Wheel”  They recently had an album debut at number 15 and earned a Grammy. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28 in Prestonsburg. Tickets can be obtained at  or on the day of the show.

Pikeville’s Hillbilly Days Means

Plenty of Live Music

Hillbilly Days features an abundance of live music for the 2016 festival, ranked as one of the largest in Kentucky. In the City Park downtown live music begins at noon Thursday, and continues through Saturday. The park is in the Downtown Courthouse Square and live entertainment will be on the Billy Johnson Stage. Thursday evening at the Bank 253 Restaurant on Main Street Brooklyhn Woods performs at 7:30 and Thoze Guyz follow at 9:30. Friday evening there will be live music at the Bank 253 Stage featuring Neal Spears and the Full House Band.  Call 606-432-6566 for showtime. Then on Saturday,  two bands will perform, Exit 23 and Folk Soul Revival. Call for showtimes.

Chris Stapleton Fans Will Get To See Him For Free In His Hometown 

A free concert by country music sensation and hometown boy, Chris Stapleton, has been scheduled for Thursday evening, March 24, at Johnson Central High School in Paintsville. This special concert is a part of Stapleton’s association with Ram Trucks, and he owns a Dodge Ram truck himself. Tickets for the 7 p.m. concert in Paintsville are available online at on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to register is Wednesday, March 23 at 12AM. Registration will close once all seats are taken. Tickets are free, but admission will only be granted to those who register online.

Jenny Wiley’s May Lodge will have Live Music

The park’s visitors can now expect live music on Friday nights.  Call 606-889-1790 for information on entertainment scheduled on any given weekend. Jason Goble performs Friday evening, February 26 starting around 6 p.m. located beside the Dewey Lake Marina and the Wilkinson-Stumbo Convention Center in Prestonsburg.

Songwriters Night Scheduled At Different Venues Tuesday Nights

Prestonsburg’s Songwriters Night has now been providing a steady collection of live music for over six months, with various venues taking turns hosting the Tuesday night event. Friends gather to hear excellent talent and enjoy a good meal and the good company of other music enthusiasts. The current schedule is as follows: Quality Inn Mosby’s, Feb. 9; McGuire’s, Feb. 16; Pig In A Poke, Feb. 23. In March, the first date is March 1 at Reno’s,  followed by Jenny Wiley Lodge, March 8; Lizzie B’s, March 15; Quality Inn Mosby’s, March 22; and McGuire’s on March 29. April’s first Songwriters’ Show will be at Pig in a Poke on April 5, followed by an April 12 night at Reno’s. Jenny Wiley Lodge hosts the event on April 19, and Lizzie B’s will be the venue for April 26.

Pikeville’s Hillbilly Days To Welcome a Country Music Highway Alumnus

Dwight Yoakam has been scheduled to perform Saturday, April 16 at the East Kentucky Expo Center as the centerpiece of the entertainmebnt for this year’s Hillbilly Days Festival. . This festival began in 1977.   Yoakam will fit right in as he is one of the original stars for which the Country Music Highway was named by an act of the Kentucky Legislature.  Also, one of his earliest hit albums was titled, “Hilbilly Deluxe.”

East Ky Expo has Nov. 19 and Dec. 12 country shows!

The Pikeville venue has Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7:30.  Tickets  around $50 ea.  Sunday Best is booked for Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. Local artist Angeleena Presley will also perform.  Tickets, advance 20.00, 25.00 day of show.

At the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg

The Mountain Arts Center of Prestonsburg will do a series of weekend shows by the Kentucky Opry  with a holiday theme.  Tickets are 13.00 for adults, 11.00 for students, or 10.00 in groups of 10 or more. Shows happen every weekend from November 27 thru December 19.

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