From old-time and bluegrass to rock and classical, Kentucky has a rich musical heritage. In our class, we’ll explore a wide range of Kentucky musicians and groups, including: • The history and legacy of Stephen Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night!”; • Old-time singer, banjo player, and guitarist Roscoe Holcomb, whose distinct “high, lonesome sound” influenced generations of bluegrass musicians like Bill Monroe and J. D. Crowe; • Songwriters like Jean Ritchie and Loretta Lynn, who shaped the folk music revival and modern country; • The Louisville Orchestra’s famous commissioning and recording project, which released almost 150 LPs and encouraged a group of Soviet composers to visit the city during the height of the Cold War; • The Everly Brothers, Rockabilly stars whose vocals influenced the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel; • Contemporary musicians including Tyler Childers, Cage the Elephant, and more; and • The dizzying array of “world musicians” playing Bosnian, Tanzanian, Burmese, Iraqi, and other styles of music (and who live and work in Bowling Green!). In addition to listening to these musicians, we’ll explore ways we can sing, play, dance, and write songs. We won’t just be listening to Kentucky music, we’ll be making our own! No musical experience is necessary—this class will be open and accessible to everyone who’s got curious ears!