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Kentucky Music
Hall of Fame

Post Office Box 85
2590 Richmond Road
Renfro Valley, Kentucky 40473


Call Toll Free:

Local:  606-256-1000
Fax:  606-256-2989



staff and board members

Robert Lawson (Executive Director)
Kayla Howard
(Customer Service)
Holly Kidwell
(Online Store Manager)
Crystal Smoker
(Director's Assistant)


Board of Directors

Roy Martin (Chairman) - Current Chairman of the Board for the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Roy is a Rockcastle County native having grown up in Renfro Valley the son of Emory & Linda Martin, longtime performers on the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. He is married to the former Pamela Cummins, has three children and five grandchildren. He and his wife, Pamela, own and operate the Dowell and Martin Funeral Home and Sparks Flowers and More in Mount Vernon, Kentucky. 

J. David Jury (Vice Chairman) - David is a partner in Financial Risk Management Associates, a bank consulting group located in northern Kentucky. He is a former banker serving as CEO of the Bank of Mt. Vernon and Boone National Bank and former regulator serving as Community Bank Supervisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and Director, Division of Banking for the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions. He has served on various boards of directors including the Kentucky Bankers Association, Community Bankers Association, Rockcastle Business Development and Hospices Care of Madison County. A native of Nelson County, David has always had a real interest in music. He lives in Florence, Kentucky, with his wife, Tammy, daughter Morgan and son Bradley. David is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum. 

Karen King (Secretary/Treasurer) – Karen has served on the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame board since 1999. Karen is the Secretary-Treasurer and serves as a member of the Executive Board. Ms King has always been involved in the civic activities of Mount Vernon and Rockcastle County and believes that everyone should serve in their community. Karen is self-employed and enjoys her children and grandchildren. 

Mark Shepherd- Mark is a partner in the law firm of Coy, Gilbert, and Gilbert. Mark is a member of the University of Kentucky College of Law Lafferty Society and is a University of Kentucky Fellow, as well as a Life Fellow of the Kentucky Bar Association. He and his wife, Jodie, have two children, Sam and Lauren, and live in Richmond, Kentucky. 

Fred Brashear- Fred is a third generation banker who has been President and CEO of the Hyden Citizens Bank, Inc., for over twenty-five years.  Mr. Brashear serves on the Board of Directors for Middlefork Financial Group, Inc., Hyden Citizens Bank, Inc., Farmers State Bank at Booneville, Farmers and Traders Bank at Campton and Middlefork Insurance Agency.  Active in community functions, he serves as Vice Chairman of Coal Fields Industrial Park, the Board of Hazard Independent College Foundation, Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music Foundation, Kentucky Historical Society Executive Committee and Vice Chairman of Housing Development Alliance.  Professionally, he is Chairman of the Kentucky Bankers Participation Employee Participating Committee, KBA Board of Directors and the American Bankers Association Community Bank Council.  Mr. Brashear resides in Hyden with his wife Rhonda and has two grown children Joel and Rachel, grandchildren Tripp, Jules and Chloe.

Jeff Vanhook- Jeff is a Rockcastle County native and the son of Gene and Julia Vanhook of Stanford, KY.  His appreciation for music stems from growing up listening to his father, a musician and songwriter, perform at churches and community festivals .  To say music was a part of the Vanhook family’s household growing up would be an understatement, particularly Bluegrass and Gospel.  Since Graduating from Transylvania University in 1990, Jeff has served Rockcastle County as a member of various boards and community groups including the Tourist Commission, Property Valuation Dispute Resolution Board, District School Board and Leadership Rockcastle. Jeff currently serves as a corporate officer  for Codell Construction Company located in Winchester, KY.   In his role as Controller, Vanhook is responsible for the accounting department and is actively involved in the policy and planning decisions of the organization.   Jeff also maintains a partnership in the on-line furniture warehouse business, Bowling Green  Mr. VanHook resides in Mount Vernon with his wife, Sonya, and their children Courtlyn and Jackson.   The Vanhooks are members of Brodhead Baptist Church and serve as Sunday School teachers to the 6, 7 and 8th grade student's class.  


Kim Owens- Kim, along with her husband Jerry, own J and K Kreations Photography.  They specialize in both traditional and photojournalistic style images.  Kim is the former Postmaster of Mount Vernon KY and Richmond KY.  She is active in the National Association of Postmasters of the United States (NAPUS); currently serving as national photographer for NAPUS Retirees; Secretary of Kentucky NAPUS Retired and NAPUS Political Action Campaign chairperson for the state chapter, both active and retired members.  Kim is a member of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, PACA (Pattie A Clay Hospital Auxiliary), Eastern Kentucky University Colonel Club, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and the Kentucky Professional Photographers of America. (KPPA).

Katy Stephenson- Katy is General Manager of the Ramada Conference Center in Lexington, Kentucky. She is a resident of Madison County, is married to Woody Stephenson and has two children and two grandchildren. Katy has spent thirty-seven years ih the hospitality industry and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Bluegrass Hospitality Association and the Kentucky Restuarant Association, is a committe member of the Taste of the Bluegrass, PACA and EKU Colonel Club. 

Bentley Cromer- Bentley is a life-long resident of Rockcastle County. He is the owner of Cromer Trucking, LLC and has also been a Sales Tech for Indianapolis, IN based D-A Lubricant Company for the past nineteen years where he has received numerous awards for national sales accomplishments. Music had played a major role in Bentley’s life since the mid 1970’s when he began performing with local bands. He started the Wild River Band over twenty years ago and now manages the band that performs for many local charitable functions. Bentley is married to Leila Cromer. Most recently, Bentley became the recipient of the prestigious Everett C. Brown Community Service Award. 

Bill Jennings- Bill is one of the recent additions to the Board of Directors.  A seventh generation Madison Countian, he is a Distinguished Alumni of Eastern Kentucky University and received his law degree from the University of Kentucky Law School.   At the time of his retirement he had served as judge in the Kentucky Court of Justice for more than 30 years. Bill and his wife, Jackie, live in Richmond. 

Lisa Smithern- Lisa is a Rockcastle County native and is very involved in civic activities in Rockcastle County. Lisa is a 1994 graduate of Midway College, Lisa is a Registered Nurse and the Clinical Coordinator at the Rockcastle Medical Arts and has been an employee of the Rockcastle Regional Hospital since 1993. Lisa loves people and that is why nursing is so easy for her. Lisa and her husband Jeff are co-owners of J&J Auction and FSR Mini Storage in Mt. Vernon. Lisa and Jeff reside in Mount Vernon with there two beautiful daughters Brookelynn 10 and Katielynn 4. Lisa and her family attend Grace Baptist church.


David Tapp- David serves as Judge of the 28th Judicial Circuit and he formerly served as district judge, prosecutor, private attorney, law enforcement officer, and educator.  He is currently active in community charitable and church activities and is a frequent presenter at judicial education conferences.  Raised in Morehead, Kentucky, David was exposed to music of all varieties by his college professor parents.  David and his late wife Patty resided in Virginia and Hawaii before returning to Kentucky to make their home in Somerset with their three daughters, Katherine, Adrian, and Morgan.


Advisory Board

  • Ms. Sheila Bivins-Everly Brothers Foundation
  • Mr. Jennings Blakely
  • Mr. Terry Clark
  • Mr. Ed Commons
  • Mr. John Conlee
  • Dr. & Mrs. Jim Crase
  • Mr. Wayne Cusick-Kentucky Tourism Council
  • Ms. Sue Dowdy-Ashland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Mrs. Judy Duerson
  • Ms. Victoria Faoro, Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
  • State Representative Danny Ford
  • Mr. James E. Greer
  • Ms. Connie Hunt - The Corbin Arena
  • Mr. Loyal Jones
  • Mr. Ed Mastrean-KET
  • Dr. Ron Pen-UK School of Music
  • Mr. Karl Shannon-Clear Channel Radio
  • Mr. Phillip Shepherd-Department of Education
  • Ms. Cheryl Stone-EKU Technology Center
  • Mr. George Clark

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