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Pictured L-R: J.D. Shelburne, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, Mike Berry, Secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
(Photo by Jeremy Westby / 2911 Media)

Issue highlights 2020 as the Year of Music in Kentucky

Frankfort, Ky. (Jan. 8, 2020) –The Kentucky Department of Tourism today unveiled the 2020 Official Visitor’s Guide cover featuring Kentucky native and Nashville recording artist J.D. Shelburne. This issue includes many Kentucky artists highlighting 2020 as the Year of Music in Kentucky.

“Tourism and hospitality create and support thousands of jobs and help to grow our economy across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Andy Beshear. “Our new visitor’s guide is our invitation to everyone to come to Kentucky and spend time enjoying our breathtaking state and national parks, adventure tourism, culinary and music scenes, the world’s best horses and bourbon and so much more. As we grow tourism, we will focus on increasing wages for our Kentucky families working in the industry.”

“Music plays such a vital part in our state’s history that it is only fitting we highlight the Year of Music and feature many Kentucky artists, including J.D. Shelburne, in this year’s Visitor’s Guide,” said Mike Berry, Secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. “The passion J.D. has for Kentucky is infectious and we are thrilled to have him as our partner in celebrating music across the Commonwealth!”

Taylorsville native and country music artist J.D. Shelburne helped kick off the year of music by performing “My Old Kentucky Home” and a new song he wrote to be released in June, “Straight From Kentucky,” during the unveiling.

“As a native of Kentucky, words can’t describe how honored and humbled I am to be selected for the cover of Kentucky’s Official Visitor’s Guide,” said Shelburne. “Growing up on my family’s farm, my love of this land stems from the values they instilled in me: a strong work ethic, a love of family, and having a passion for what you do. I have been fortunate enough to be a part of many milestones throughout my career, and this is certainly one of my proudest moments.”

Shelburne is also one of several Kentucky musicians featured in an all-new digital and social media series by the Kentucky Department of Tourism called “Sound Travels” premiering in May.

Talent runs deep in the Bluegrass state, producing some of the finest musicians to grace a stage – regardless of region or genre. Kentucky has it all – alternative, bluegrass, country, newgrass, pop, R&B and more. The new visitor’s guide offers ideas of musical attractions to visit and musical things to do across the state, plus gives readers an idea of the long history of music in Kentucky.

The visitor’s guide serves as the main fulfillment piece for state tourism, with 400,000 copies printed and distributed worldwide to attract visitors to Kentucky. The guide shares travel tips, stories and regional highlights, while focusing on the main pillars of Kentucky tourism: music, bourbon, horses, culinary, outdoors, arts and history.

To see an online version of the visitor’s guide or to submit an order, click here.

J.D. Shelburne Shows and Appearances:
JAN 10 Evan Williams Bourbon Experience / Louisville, Ky.
JAN 11 Blind Squirrel Louisville, Ky.
JAN 19 Ole Red / Nashville, Tenn.
AN 19 Ole Red Nashville, Tenn.
JAN 20 The Country / Nashville, Tenn.
JAN 22 PUCKETT’S GROCERY / Franklin, Tenn.
JAN 23 The Listening Room / Nashville, Tenn.
JAN 25 Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen / Louisville, Ky.
JAN 26 Ole Red / Nashville, Tenn.
JAN 31 Ole Red / Nashville, Tenn.
FEB 02 Ole Red / Nashville, Tenn.
FEB 09 Ole Red / Nashville, Tenn.
FEB 14 Ole Red / Gatlinburg, Tenn.
FEB 15 Ole Red / Gatlinburg, Tenn.
FEB 16 Ole Red / Nashville, Tenn.
FEB 19-21 Country Radio Seminar / Nashville, Tenn.
FEB 22 Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen / Louisville, Ky.
FEB 23 Ole Red / Nashville, Tenn.
MAR 20 Bama Slam Saloon / New Brockton, Ala.
APR 29 Louisville, Ky.
APR 30 PRIVATE EVENT / Louisville, Ky.
MAY 15 Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen / Louisville, Ky.
MAY 23 Louisville, Ky.
JUN 27 PRIVATE EVENT / Middletown, Ky.
JUL 05 The Bluebird Cafe / Nashville, Tenn.
JUL 25 Huntingburg, Ind.
SEP 10 PRIVATE / South Chicago, Ill.
SEP 11 Shawe & Pope John Festival / Madison, Ind.
For J.D.’s complete schedule, please visit

About J.D. Shelburne:
Nashville-based country music artist J.D. Shelburne was raised on a tobacco farm in Taylorsville, Kentucky, just outside of Louisville. When J.D. was 19, he found a guitar after the death of his grandmother. He quickly learned how to play it, and began writing and singing songs on his own. By his sophomore year of college, he had found a few gigs at some local bars in Louisville & Lexington, Kentucky area venues, developing a large base of fans along the way.

Fast forward to today, J.D.’s latest album Two Lane Town, is building upon his blossoming career as a modern country singer, songwriter and performer. His debut single and video for “One Less Girl” world premiered on CMT in 2018, and then went on to become a Top 30 Music Row charted song at country radio. CMT again world premiered his second song and video for “She Keeps Me Up Nights” in April of 2019, which peaked at #3 of their 12 Pack countdown series.

At the close of 2019, Shelburne joined international superstars like Lewis Capaldi and Billie Eilish on BandsInTown’s year-end fan favorites list — for playing more shows in 2019 than any other artist on their social networking platform! A global accomplishment for a country boy from rural Kentucky.

About The Kentucky Department of Tourism:
The Kentucky Department of Tourism is an agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, which promotes the Commonwealth as a travel destination. In 2018, Tourism in Kentucky generated an economic impact of more than $11 billion. The Tourism industry supports over 94,500 jobs and generates more than $787 million in taxes. Visit for more information.

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