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Bluegrass "Officially" Kentucky State Music


It doesn't seem like the subject of a general assembly bill but bluegrass is now the official music of Kentucky.

"We've known it for quite sometime!" says Bluegrass musician and Professor Dean Osborne.

"The music that was born here has traveled all over the world as a genre."

Osborne and his family know bluegrass music just as much as anyone could.

"It was just born in the country, where people didn't have electricity," says Osborne's cousin, Bluegrass Legend Bobby Osborne. "There were just people playing banjos and guitars and fiddles"

"Music was a way for people to express that what they wanted from life," says Dean Osborne.

But both Osbornes point to other singers who planted the roots in the mountains.

The Osbornes say the future of bluegrass is also rooted in eastern Kentucky.

Dean Osborne is starting a bluegrass school of music at the Hazard Community and Technical College in Hyden. They say the talent coming to apply is incredible.

Bluegrass was born in the mountains more than 60 years ago, and finally, it has an official home.


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