Hall of Fame inductees praise God for gift


Jason Crabb (right) and Dale Ann Bradley sing “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” to close the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony, May 11, 2018. At left is Paul Martin of the Martin Family Circus, who organized the band for the evening. (All photos by John Herndon)

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

There’s nothing quite like a great congregational singing. Nothing.

When God’s people come together to join their voices in praise, it can be uplifting, encouraging or a time of admonition and warning. Regardless of the message, it is a time when people are using one of the gifts with which they have been blessed.

When the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame inducted the Class of 2018 at Renfro Valley on May 11, several of those honored were quick acknowledge the role of the church in developing and cultivating the skills that has made them household names in their respected fields. Continue reading “Hall of Fame inductees praise God for gift”

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame a developing gem


The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame will induct the Class of 2018 on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Renfro Valley.  Those being inducted are Billy Ray Cyrus, Stringbean, Jackie DeShannon, Jason Crabb, Dale Ann Bradley and Bobby Lewis.  For more information, see the kentuckymusichalloffame.com.  I plan to be at the celebration!

I wrote this story last summer for The Anderson News.  Enjoy!

John Herndon

It’s almost impossible to measure what impact the state of Kentucky has had on the music industry but the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and museum is a place that tells the stories of singers, instrumentalists, song writers, and others from the state who have played even a small part in the rich and diverse music heritage the state enjoys.

Located on US 25, about a mile off I-75 and just past Renfro Valley, the Hall of Fame is one of those must-sees for anyone who has turned on a box radio, seen a concert or watched videos on MTV. It’s almost 20,000 square feet of honoring music in Kentucky.

Music. All kinds of music.

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Sand Spring Baptist a hot place for gospel music


Triumphant in concert at Sand Spring Baptist Church in 2017. The group has been to Sand Spring several times and returns in June.

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. — At first glance, Sand Spring Baptist Church looks like your normal country church.

Cattle graze in fields near the church property. One side of the parking lot exits into the one-lane Pump House Road. Even the main road in front of the building, a hilly two-lane locals know as “Old 127” gives the picture of a time gone by while cars and trucks speed up and down the four-lane U.S. 127 Bypass a mile or so to the west. Continue reading “Sand Spring Baptist a hot place for gospel music”