It's an estate sale for the ages. Stuff belonging to Bill Monroe, the "Father of Bluegrass," is on sale this weekend just outside of Nashville. As the patriarch of a genre and of a passionate musical family, artifacts from his rise to prominence are in high demand.

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A western Kentucky tourism official says fundraising is continuing toward the construction of a proposed museum dedicated to bluegrass music legend Bill Monroe.

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The International Bluegrass Music Museum and Hall of Fame will break ground on a new $15 million facility in Owensboro next week. 

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Chris Thile brings the Punch Brothers back for the fourth time to the International Bluegrass Music Museum's ROMP Festival in Owensboro this month. Thile says he loves the space and the enthusiastic group of festival goers in his Sounds Good conversation with Tracy Ross. He also talks about how being a new father has influenced his music writing, the differences playing in duos and groups and an upcoming performance at Murray State University.

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The 17th Annual Pickin' Party Old-Time Music Festival is this Saturday and Sunday at the Homeplace 1850's working farm and living history music in Land Between the Lakes. Lead Interpreter Cindy Earls talks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the line-up, including The Wheelhouse Rousters and J.D. Wilkes and The Jamboree, open mics around the farm and more. 

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Colonel J.D. Wilkes, author, artist, film-maker, rocker, and harmonica-wizard, is presenting an Old Fashioned Square Dance with caller Ray Wyatt and music by the Lakeland Jamboree this Saturday night at the Jamboree's headquarters on 61 Jefferson in Cadiz. "You don't have to know how to dance to have a blast," he says, speaking with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good. Doors open at 7, lessons at 7:30, dancing at 8.

The Gibson Brothers were voted 2013 Entertainers of the Year at the IBMA World of Bluegrass 24th Annual Awards Show in Raleigh, N.C. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Eric Gibson who was named the Songwriter of the Year that same year, in advance of the Gibson Brothers performing at the Kentucky Opry next week. Draffenville's own Clayton Campbell is also in the band. 

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The Kentucky Opry in Draffensville presents what they call "Fierce Bluegrass" with acclaimed fiddler Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper.

They play live in concert Friday, January 23 at 7:30pm. 

Kate Lochte speaks with Cleveland about playing the Kentucky Opry, his many awards and nominations, bluegrass artists he looks up to and upcoming projects. 

Murray State University's ROOTS 5 Music Concert comes to the Lovett Auditorium stage on October 7, featuring Grammy-nominated Mark Newton and Steve Thomas headlining with a bluegrass set, along with Jason McKendree on banjo. Also, Nashville-based Chris Scruggs and the Stone Fox 5 with vintage country and western swing, featuring Kenny Vaughan (named best guitarist in the Nashville Scene Music Awards). Ted Belue stops by Sounds Good with a preview. 

Our next Sounds Good Live Lunch features Nashville-based bluegrass group Vickie Vaughn Band, Monday, August 25 at 11 a.m. live in WKMS Studio B. 

VIDEO: Thanks you Murray State's Digital Media Services team for the video of the performance!