It is so nice when you hear about people being recognized for pursuing their passion and following their heart.
Bobby Mackey was just notified he that he is being inducted into the Northern Kentucky Musical History and Hall of Fame. There will be an exhibit that will run at the Behringer Crawford Museum all through the summer, with the induction ceremony in late may and concerts at the museum all summer.
Besides being a genuinely nice guy, his Bobby Mackey’s Music World is celebrating almost 35 years as Greater Cincinnati’s top country music night spot featuring Bobby and the Big Mac Band every Friday and Saturday night. And his music is sold worldwide.
From the very beginning
Born and raised in Concord KY, Bobby has been singing and winning talent contests since age 4. His earliest start came while singing along to the juke box in his father’s grocery store.
He moved to Covington with his then new bride Janet to work on the railroad – a career he says he probably would still be doing if he hadn’t found an outlet for pursuing his dream.
The 30-year-old couple bought a closed up night club on Rt 9 Licking Pike in Wilder, Kentucky. The former site of the Latin Quarter and Prim Rose Country Club had a colorful history of gambling and gangster activity.
None of that was relevant to the up and coming traditional country music singer with an already established strong local fan following. This was Bobby’s chance of having his own place. After months of painting cleaning prepping the 80+ year old building he opened Bobby Mackey’s Music world September 8th 1978.
And the rest, you could say, is history.
When it comes to appreciating what you have and those around you, Bobby is quick to talk about the role his family has had in shaping his life’s direction. His parents encouraged and supported his talents from the moment he picked up his first guitar. He and his wife are proud parents, grandparents and even great grandparents. And, I get the feeling that gift of encouraging dreams is something they’ll be passing down.