Arts & Culture

‘Appalachia in the Bluegrass’ returns with Tall, Dark and Handsome and new line-up

Tall, Dark and Handsome includes Karen Jones on fiddle, Bev Futrell on guitar, Nathan Wilson on bass and George Neel on mandolin.

Note: The Nov. 17 "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert featuring Jack Wright will take place in the Davis Marksbury Building's Hardymon Theatre.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 7, 2023) — The beloved "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series is back this fall showcasing the music of Appalachia. The series, which opened last week with Nero’s Fiddle, continues with Lexington trio Tall, Dark and Handsome noon Friday, Sept. 8.

Concerts presented as part of “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” are free and open to the public and begin weekly at noon on Fridays, in the Niles Gallery of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, located at University of Kentucky's Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library. The Nov. 17 concert featuring Jack Wright will take place in the Davis Marksbury Building's Hardymon Theatre. 

An annual series, “Appalachia in the Bluegrass,” celebrates the old-time roots of American folk music, while simultaneously representing a variety of different musical expressions. There will be 11 different performances by noted soloists, duos and groups from Appalachia. The “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” Concert Series is sponsored by the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music and the UK College of Fine Arts. 

The remaining series artists and their performance dates are: 

The Niles Center is a collaborative research and performance center maintained by the UK College of Fine ArtsUK School of Music and UK Libraries

For more information on the concert series, contact Niles Center Director Revell Carr at or visit the website at

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