OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - A western Kentucky city has been included as a side trip for tourists driving along the Americana Music Triangle.
The Messenger-Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1qUu00l) reports Owensboro, Kentucky, had sought to join other cities on the 1,500-mile trail that tells the story of nine music genres.
The northern points of the triangle are in the Tennessee cities of Memphis and Nashville, while the southern point is in New Orleans.
Aubrey Preston and the Franklin, Tennessee-based Americana Music Association created the driving trail for international tourists. After visiting in Owensboro, Preston said the city would be added as a recommended side trip along the main tour. The cities of Bristol, Tennessee and Shreveport, Louisiana are also suggested side trips.
Owensboro officials say they’ve already seen results from being included on the trail.
Rosemary Conder, who serves on the International Bluegrass Music Museum’s board of trustees, said a family from the Netherlands came to town after reading about the music trail on the Internet.
“They were on vacation,” Conder said recently. “They started in Chicago, came to Owensboro for two days and were on their way to Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans.”
She said more international guests are expected and the city will have lots to offer.
“I think it’s wonderful,” Conder said. “When we get the new (International Bluegrass Music) Center open, we’ll see a lot more international travelers.”
Preston, founder of the Americana Music Association, said last month that Owensboro is “an important asset (for the trail). It’s in our best interest to claim you. You have something of international significance here” meaning the bluegrass museum and the bluegrass center in the works.
He said the website for the Americana Music Triangle will list the ROMP: Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival, the museum’s jam sessions, Bill Monroe’s birthplace and other attractions in the area.
The trail is designed for visitors from Europe, who take three-week vacations and want to experience and learn more about American music.
“We’re competing with New York, Los Angeles, Disney and Las Vegas,” Preston said. “The Trail is a place to meet cool people and listen to cool music.”
The Triangle features nine genres of roots music - blues, jazz, country, rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, bluegrass, Cajun, zydeco and gospel.