Thursday, 14 April 2016 23:33

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band to headline 23rd Master Musicians Festival

Tickets on sale now at

The Master Musicians Festival kicks off its 23rd year in blues-rock fashion by welcoming five-time GRAMMY nominated singer/guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band as its headliner, along with a lineup packed with Americana, rock, folk, bluegrass, country, soul and R&B masters. The two-day event, presented by Don Marshall Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, returns to Somerset Community College’s Festival Field on July 8-9, 2016.

American funk and soul group Robert Randolph and the Family Band — MMF alums who toured with Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band in 2014 — will close out Friday night’s cast of Kentucky-proud music, which also includes GRAMMY-nominated bluegrass singer Dale Ann Bradley. Bradley, former member of the New Coon Creek Girls and Renfro Valley Entertainment Center performer, will be honored as the 2016 Master Musician — the first female to receive the honor in the festival’s history.

Idaho native and Americana-style singer-songwriter Josh Ritter joins his Royal City Band on the MMF stage Saturday as he tours in support of his latest album, Sermon on the Rocks. Other Saturday highlights include American soul artist Lee Fields and the Expressions, and folk-rock great James McMurtry. A complete lineup is listed below and can be found at, along with photos and detailed information.

Held annually on the second weekend in July, the Master Musicians Festival has been named Southeast Tourism Society’s Festival of the Year and the Governor’s Awards for the Arts Outstanding Community Arts Organization.

In addition to two days of eclectic, diverse music, the Master Musicians Festival offers meet-and-greet workshops hosted artisans and musicians, as well as a wide variety of art and food vendors. This year, workshops will feature craft beer brewing and the history of the blues. MMF also showcases juried artisans and craftsmen, and recognizes a Kentucky artist whose festival-themed work is auctioned and featured on merchandise.

Weekend passes are on sale now on the MMF website and through Eventbrite. MMF continues its tradition of being a family-oriented event, as children 12 and younger are admitted free. For the latest festival news, visit, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and listen to the Master Musicians Festival 2016 lineup playlist on Spotify.

The lineup includes:


Robert Randolph and the Family Band, sponsored by Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital

Dale Ann Bradley

Tiny Tiny

Greener Time

Out of the Ashes



Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band

Lee Fields and the Expressions

James McMurtry


Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra

Misty Mountain String Band

Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters

Elvie Shane



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Presented by

Don Marshall Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram

Friday Night Headliner Sponsor

City of Somerset Tourism

Diamond Sponsors

Somerset-Pulaski County Convention & Visitors Bureau
iHeart Radio
Somerset 106.1

Platinum Sponsors

Kentucky Utilities/PPL
Prairie Farms
Clark Distributing & West Sixth Brewing
Forcht Broadcasting

Gold Sponsors

A1A Communications
Big Ass Fans
Citizens National Bank
Commonwealth Journal
Dairy Queen Grill and Chill
East Kentucky Power Cooperative
Hardee’s of Somerset
Kentucky National Guard
Mark E. Clark, CPA
Somerset Community College
Somerset Police Department

Silver Sponsors

Best Western Midtown Inn & Suites
Dr. and Mrs. John Patton
First & Farmers National Bank
Law Office of Rhonda Hatfield Jeffers
Pulaski County Government
Somerset Morning Rotary Club

Bronze Sponsors

Amon's Sugar Shack
Bob Brown and Winter Huff, Attorneys
Charles Cromer Allstate Agency
Circuit Judge Jeffrey T. Burdette
Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Comfort Keepers
Mrs. Cornelia Cooper
Cumberland Valley National Bank
Mr. & Mrs. David & Terry Weddle
Mr. & Mrs. Jack & Nina Wilhelm
Century 21 Key Associates Team, Kathy Sears
Keystone Financial Group
Owens Garden Center

Monticello Banking Company
Mr. & Mrs. Ross & Kelly Rutt
South Kentucky RECC 
Texas Roadhouse

Friends of MMF

Mr. & Mrs. Bill & Janie Cain
Burnside Tourism
Chuck Sobieck, Edward Jones-Financial Advisor
Community Trust Bank
Cumberland Orthodontics, PSC