Monday marked something old and something new for bluegrass music here in eastern Kentucky.
The new is the opening of the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music in Hyden, but
Just like any other first day of classes, there's a few nerves floating around for the students. Especially for Frances and B.J. Feltner...who also happen to be mother and son.
The Feltners are continuing that family tradition that's always run deep in bluegrass music.
Take the new faculty at the school for instance, bluegrass legend and now teacher Bobby Osborne, School Director and band leader Dean Osborne.
Dean says taking the directors position for the school may just be his destiny, but he never would've known it if it weren't for that great family thread.
“The influence of the Osborne Brothers changed the course of my life and what I've chosen to do with my life. There's no bigger honor than to stand here with the opening of the Kentucky School of Bluegrass Music with the greatest singer in bluegrass history, Bobby Osborne,” Dean Osborne said.
So as the Osbornes get to work as teachers and as the Feltners and their peers get to work as students, just know that with bluegrass it always cuts deeper than that.
With the opening of the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music, Now everyone will get to work as family.
The school is part of the Hazard Community and Technical College in Leslie County.
The school will focus on the composition, the business, and the production of bluegrass music.