Since the birth of Leslie County in 1878, bluegrass and other traditional music has been inspiring the county members. With the county’s location in the Appalachian region, it is easy to understand how some of its’ native sons could make large contributions to the bluegrass music culture. Leslie County’s largest contribution to the genre: The Osborne Brothers. The Osborne Brothers are not the only community members to keep the tradition of bluegrass alive, many community members are known to play banjos, acoustic guitars, fiddles, and mandolins.
Every year, Leslie County celebrates bluegrass music and the accomplishments of The Osborne Brothers. This event is known as The Osborne Brothers Hometown Festival. The festival is held every first full weekend in August. This year, they are also celebrating their 16th Anniversary, August 6-8, 2009. Fans will come from all over to show their love for bluegrass and the brothers. The county, shows its love by donating a portion of ticket proceeds to their Fire Department. This event is made possible by founding sponsor Hyden Citizen Bank, the Leslie County Fiscal Court, Frontier Nursing Service, the City of Hyden, Begley Lumber, TDS Telecom, Bluegrass Music Profile Magazine, and many other great sponsors.
Leslie County not only shows its commitment through festivals, but also by providing a community home for HCTC’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass & Traditional Music (KSBTM). KSBTM is proud to be a part of the Hazard Community & Technical College System http://www.hazard.kctcs.edu. KSBTM is distinctive among other technical colleges. Currently, it is the only technical college to offer three various degree programs (AAS degree, Diplomas, and Certificates) in Bluegrass and Traditional Music in the nation. The college offers a rigorous undergraduate program, insuring that when students graduate they are accurately prepared to become independent studio artists, business owners, designers, performers, and technicians.
The College is only beginning its third year of operation, yet already showing the potential to become the Julliard of Bluegrass music. Director Dean Osborne attributes the college’s success to its commitment to the history of Bluegrass. “Our students are not only studying to be the best performers they can be, but also to understand the music as it relates to the Appalachian culture and what bluegrass truly represents. Bluegrass represents a collaboration of several cultures—Appalachian, Scott-Irish and African — working together to leave a musical footprint to younger generations.” If you are interested in finding out more information about HCTC’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass & Traditional Music please email Director Dean Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call at (606) 487-3630, or mailHazard Community and Technical College
Leslie County Center
P.O. Box 1870
Hyden, Kentucky 41749
Rambling Grass Bluegrass Fesitval
Rambling Grass Bluegrass Festival located at the Pine Patch Park, on June 5-6. The fun starts Friday @ 6:pm and Saturday @ 2pm.
For more info. Contact Vernon Couch, P.O. Box 58, Stinnett, KY 40868, @ 606-374-7285