Central City





    Central City lies in western Kentucky, in rolling landscape in the middle of the coalfields of Muhlenberg County, between the Green River and Pond rivers at the crossroads of highways U.S. 431 and 62. Yet Central City also resides centrally in the minds of not only those thousands who live there now, and in the memories of curious visitors who come for special events throughout the year, but also in the thoughts of those who grew up in that singular place and remember it as a field of care. Central City occupies a special place on earth and in the mind.

    The facts are these; founded in 1873, it now contains approximately 5,200 citizens; it nourishes what is still the second-most winning high-school basketball program in the nation; it sponsored for 15 years the Everly Brothers Music Festival. It is the largest town in the home territory of John Prine, Merle Travis, and the Everly Brothers. The Music Museum attests to the story: the Muhlenberg Sound that sprang out of the mines, soil, and people.

    The town itself exhibits a profoundly proactive narrative: an industrious community of hope and pride. You will see it in myriad ways: this web site, in the Muhlenberg County Music Museum, in the revitalized and walkable downtown (after the big-box stores nearly depleted it of businesses and patrons, as has happened in many places in America). But most of all you can sense it in the spirit and attitude of civic achievement. Central City is alive in a field of care.


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Fun  Things To Do


Featuring Confederate Railroad



Featuring Jason Crabb




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Felix E. Martin Hall

Greenville, KY


Kentucky Womans Hall of Fame

Central City Library

Merle Travis Birthplace

Paradise Park

The Four Legions Fountain

Drakesboro, KY

James Best Landmark

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Mose Rager Monument

Drakesboro, KY

Merle Travis Monument

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Rails to Trails Walking Trail

Central City to Greenville

Duncan Cultural Center

Greenville, KY

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Home of the Central City Golden Tide


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CONFEDERATE RAILROAD in concert June 7th~Rods & Ribs BBQ Festival

Confederate Railroad first rolled onto the national country music scene in the early 90s with its unique style and sound.

Headed by founder and frontman Danny Shirley, the former backup band for both David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck got their big break by signing with Atlantic Records. The first single from their debut album ("Confederate Railroad") was "She Took It Like A Man". It went to No. 26, a preview of what was to come. "The next two singles, "Jesus and Mama" and "Queen of Memphis" went to the top of the charts. Three more huge hits followed, "Trashy Women", "When You Leave That Way You Can Never Go Back", and "She Never Cried". "Trashy" would lead to a Grammy nomination and become their signature song. That album with six hits and nearly three million sales brought Confederate the Academy of Country Music's Best New Group.

Confederate will be in Central City with all their rowdy country and raw emotion music. They will stick around after the concert till every fan gets an autograph or a “hello”.  Mark your calendars for June 7th, 2014. www.confederaterailroad.com

JUNE 7, 2014

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