US23 Artists: The Man Behind Your Favorite Hillbilly Days Photos (Pt. 2)

Country Music Highway US23 is known for producing some of America’s most beloved country artists. From Loretta Lynn, to Dwight Yoakam, The Judds and Patty Loveless, the legendary Country Music Highway proves that Appalachian culture is ripe with talent. However, Eastern Kentucky talent is not only found in music, but also in the realms of painting, drawing, crafts and photography. Pike County Tourism CVB welcomes you to discover the work of our regional artists with the US23 Artists blog series.

Larry Epling: Photographer & Media Specialist
Known for his work in capturing Appalachian life, events and culture, Larry Epling is a photographer, media specialist and IT professional from Pike County, Kentucky.  Larry volunteers for Pike County Tourism CVB and is found at most every major event, such as Hillbilly Days, Muscle on Main and Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days, shooting photos and interacting with visitors. Larry also works at the University of Pikeville as a Systems Administrator, and is an avid sports fan, capturing photos of every exciting moment of Upike basketball, football and softball.

You will find some examples of Larry’s work below. Feel free to visit his website at:


Hillbilly Days is Coming: Live Music with Coaltown Dixie

This Hillbilly Days article is from 2014’s event. For Hillbilly Days 2016 information, click here.


Hillbilly Days brings loads of food, fun and entertainment to Pikeville/Pike County each year. With multiple stages featuring local high quality performances, it is no wonder Hillbilly Days has become a multi-award winning event. With 2014’s Hillbilly Days just around the corner (April 24-26 for those of you who have been hiding in a cave all winter), we thought you would enjoy a sample of some of the great music from Hillbilly Days gone-by.

Coaltown Dixie is a local female bluegrass band that has been making waves in the bluegrass music world. Recently receiving the National Bluegrass B.O.R.N. Award (April 2013), Coaltown Dixie is a band on the rise, and we were fortunate enough to catch their Hillbilly Days set on video for you to enjoy. Take a look.

Coaltown Dixie @ Hillbilly Days