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Kentucky Center for Traditional Music

Located in the heart of the Bluegrass State, where Bluegrass, old time and country music history has its roots, The Kentucky Center for Traditional Music (KCTM) preserves, teaches, helps develop and celebrates our rich mountain heritage. KCTM offers an opportunity to study with musicians who have performed with legends like Johnny Cash and at the Grand Ole Opry, and to learn from professionals about performance, history, recording, the music industry and more.

KCTM provides a nationally accredited, quality education in traditional music styles including Bluegrass, Old Time, Country, Ballad Singing, Blues, Celtic, Western Swing and more. The music in which KCTM is most involved stems from, or is influenced by, music identified with the southern Appalachian mountain region.  

KCTM offers the only Bachelor of Arts in Traditional Music in Kentucky, along with a minor in traditional music. The center is also home to the traditional music archives and the Sounds of Our Heritage outreach program

Welcome to KCTM

“At the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, music is a living tradition. We provide an atmosphere of creativity in order to encourage young artists to carry our heritage on to the next generation. Though the focus of our program is Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music, we also provide mentoring and important life and business skills to help young people live successful lives as artists. This professional development comes through first-hand experience and interaction with the music community locally, regionally and ultimately around the world.

Whether your dream is a full-time career in music, or music is your serious interest, I hope you will consider all The Kentucky Center for Traditional Music has to offer."

Raymond McLain

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Jesse Wells

Jesse Wells is a 2008 graduate of Morehead State from Redbush, Kentucky. He is the music archivist for KCTM and an instructor of traditional music. Wells is a master musician, playing fiddle, mandolin, guitar and more. His family had a legacy of playing traditional music. Wells has played with several bands over his career including Kentucky Wild Horse, Don Rigsby & Midnight Call, the Dirk Powell Band and The Wooks. He is currently a member of Tyler Childers and the Foodstamps.

About KCTM

The Kentucky Center for Traditional Music is dedicated to the preservation and teaching of traditional music. It also includes an archive of traditional music with a digitized permanent collection.

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The Price Sisters

Lauren and Leanna are 2017 graduates of MSU from Sardis, Ohio, and perform as The Price Sisters. They’ve been named the 2019 International Bluegrass Music Association Showcase Artist. The Price Sisters signed a recording contract with Rebel Records and released their debut EP, "The Price Sisters," in 2016. In 2018 they released a full-length CD, "A Heart Never Knows," and "Heart Never Knows" debuted at No. 15 on Billboard bluegrass charts. Both are alumni of the traditional music program.
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