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A 'Bluegrass Street' Is Proposed For Owensboro

City of Owensboro, KY

Officials are taking  cue from Tennessee in their effort to make Owensboro synonymous with bluegrass music.

Owensboro mayor Ron Payne wants to rename Second Street so that it reflects the city's growing reputation as a hub for bluegrass music. He says in Tennessee, Nashville, which is known for country music, has Music Row; Memphis, which is known for blues, has Beale Street.

Payne said he's already talked to City Commission members and now he's ready to hear ideas from the public for renaming the street.

Ideas can be sent by email to

International Bluegrass Music Mseum Director Gabrielle Gray said she likes the idea and has even come up with a suggestion of her own, "Bluegrass Boulevard". Owensboro is home to the museum, which is being relocated to a bigger block-long building located on Second Street.

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