Kentucky has a rich and vital history in the blues. Ragtime, Blues Guitar, Soul Jazz, Blues Harmonica, Bluegrass, and Newgrass were first brought to the world by Kentuckians.
The Kentucky Blues Society continues to find more significant contributions by Kentuckians to the worlds music. We have completed 4 videos of significant contributors, narrated by acclaimed movie and TV actor Andrew Stahl. Here is a listing of who we have information on so far .. more to come.
SYLVESTER WEAVER – FIRST PERSON TO RECORD BLUES GUITAR
BILLY VAUGHN – WORLDS FIRST PLATINUM RECORD
BILL MONROE – THE FATHER OF BLUEGRASS
SAM BUSH – FATHER OF NEWGRASS
ERNEST HOGAN – THE FATHER OF RAGTIME
ARNOLD SCHULTZ – BLUES ORIGINATOR
LIONEL HAMPTON – KING OF THE VIBRAPHONE
MOSE RAGER – FATHER OF THE THUMBPICKING STYLE
BEN R. HARNEY – JAZZ ORIGINATOR
JOHN BRIM – THE ICE CREAM MAN OF THE BLUES
LES MCCANN – INNOVATOR OF SOUL JAZZ
PETE GEORGE HAMPTON – FIRST TO RECORD BLUES HARMONICA