On Saturday, October 28th, at 6 PM Brett Ratliff will be live at the museum.
Brett Ratliff's homeplace is Van Lear, Kentucky, the historic coal camp that gave birth to Loretta Lynn. Having been mentored by the masters of the area, Ratliff has toured the region and abroad with groups such as Clack Mountain String Band, Dirk Powell Band, and Rich & the Po’ Folk, and has played alongside Woody Pines, Foghorn Stringband, Carolina Chocolate Drops and many others. Ratliff has taught traditional Kentucky repertoire far and wide, including The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington; Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina; Sore Fingers Week in Oxfordshire, England; Augusta Heritage's Early Country Music Week and Old-Time Week in Elkins, WV; and Cowan Creek Mountain Music School in Letcher County, KY. Also a community organizer, Ratliff is an activist for the connection between the arts, foodways, and economic development. Ratliff has worked toward the wellness of his region with such organizations as Appalshop and Hindman Settlement School, and has founded festivals, such as the Morehead Old Time Music Festival and the Lexington Old Time Gathering, that continue today. His first solo release was Cold Icy Mountain in 2008 on June Appal Recordings. Gone Boy, out October 2017 on Emperor Records, is his long awaited second solo project.
Admission is $5 at the door. Concert starts at 6 PM. Doors open at 5:30 PM.