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John Prine to headline bluegrass festival in Owensboro


OWENSBORO, Kentucky — The International Bluegrass Music Museum says John Prine will headline next year's Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival in Owensboro.

Museum Director Gabrielle Gray told the Messenger-Inquirer ( that she's tried to book Prine for the festival for years, but he usually goes to Ireland during the summer.

The festival, which is the museum's biggest fundraiser, is June 24-27 at Yellow Creek Park.

Prine, 68, is typically described as a country or folk singer-songwriter, but Gray says he also does progressive bluegrass.

Prine has ties to western Kentucky. His grandparents lived in Muhlenberg County, and he visited them frequently in the summers when he grew up. He is also known for the song Paradise, which is about strip mining in Muhlenberg County.

Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer,

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