KY Blues History

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