June 29 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kitsy Kuykendall

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kitsy Kuykendall born, June 29, 1938 affectionately dubbed “Queen Kitsy” by musicians and fans alike, Ms. Kuykendall, a founding member of IBMA, has actively promoted and supported bluegrass for more than 40 years. In the 1970s and ‘80s she served as co-chair for fundraising and on the advisory board of American University’s WAMU-FM in Washington, DC. She has been closely involved with the promotion of the internationally renowned publication Bluegrass Unlimited since the 1980s. For four years, she was assistant producer of Fan Fest, IBMA’s 60-act annual weekend music festival, and served as its chair for five years; she also chaired ROMP, a major fundraiser for the International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM). Ms. Kuykendall has served on the IBMA Board of Directors, the IBMM Board of Trustees (including two years as chair), and currently serves on the board for the Foundation for Bluegrass Music.
“I firmly believe that Kitsy has been one of the most visible and prominent supporters of bluegrass music throughout these many years of volunteering her time and energy to the never-ending quest to grow and promote the music,” said Greg Cahill, president of the Foundation for Bluegrass Music, in his nomination letter.

About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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