Pennington Folk Festival

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The Pennington Folk Festival returns the first weekend of June. The free, annual event brings artists together to the Butler Lawn in Princeton, Kentucky. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with Eddie Pennington about the line up and more. 

Pennington Folk Festival, Facebook

The Princeton Art Guild volunteer organizers and local financial sponsors offer a two-day music festival on the Butler School lawn between Main and Washington Streets in downtown Princeton starting at 6 p.m. Friday and continuing through Saturday night. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with the festival's namesake Eddie Pennington, the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Western Kentucky University, who is recognized among his peers as one of the greatest living thumb style guitarists. In venues throughout the United States and Europe, he has kept alive the sound popularized by Kentucky native Merle Travis in the 1940s.

UPDATE: Kate Lochte speaks with festival organizer Stacy Menser about the Pennington Folk Festival and the Rhonda Vincent Concert on Sounds Good:

We're broadcasting live from the Pennington Folk Festival!

Kate Lochte speaks with Stacey Menser on Sounds Good about the 16th annual Pennington Folk Festival, an outdoor, live performance honoring local thumbpicking guitarist Eddie Pennington this Friday and Saturday. The festival is located on 612 West Washington Street on the Butler Campus Lawn in Princeton, Kentucky. The festival is free, and it is recommended that you bring your own chairs. See more on the Pennington Folk Festival Facebook page.

Musician and host of Riverwalk Jazz David Holt will not appear at this weekend’s Pennington Folk Festival in Princeton.  Holt will instead attend the funeral of friend and flat-picking legend Doc Watson, who passed away this week. Festival organizers say 2010 festival favorite Bobby Bare will step in for Holt.

David Holt is a musician, storyteller, historian, and a TV and radio host. If you listen to WKMS on Sunday’s, you may have heard him as the host of Riverwalk Jazz. But, as a musician in his own right, Holt is a four-time Grammy winner, and he’s a renowned storyteller and music historian. He will be entertaining at the Pennington Folk Festival in Princeton next weekend. Gary Pitts spoke with him about his upcoming performance. Click here for more information about the festival.