Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford joined Mayor Pro-tem Jimmy Carter and Pike County Tourism Director Tony Tackett to unveil a sign honoring Country Music Highway star Patty Loveless. The sign, part of the Trail of Fame, features a pictured of Loveless, who won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album, “Mountain Soul II,” and a map of the Country Music Highway that extends from Ashland to Letcher County.
The highway recognizes all the well-known country music stars that came from this region, including Loretta Lynn, Wynonna & Naomi Judd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tom T. Hall, Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Dwight Yoakam, Gary Stewart, Patty Loveless, Crystal Gayle, Molly O’Day, Hylo Brown and more.
Mayor Pro-tem Carter said, “The Country Music Highway brings tourism in to the area while honoring the rich Mountain tradition of music.”
Judge Rutherford said, “In 1994, a bill sponsored by State Rep. Hubert Collins, who represented part of Pike County, was passed and US 23 Highway in eastern Kentucky became The Country Music Highway. This highway honors musicians from Eastern Kentucky and the music that has a long been a tradition in the hills and hollers of these mountains.”
Pike County Tourism Director Tony Tackett said, “The country Music Highway recognizes those that came before us. We found grants to make the signs and honor our music tradition.”
The US 23 Country Music Sign featuring Patty Loveless is located near the information gazebo at the base of the Pikeville Cut-Through/Bob Amos Park in Pikeville, KY.