Monday was a special day for a honky tonk legend. Kentucky native, Bobby Mackey, was honored with a highway dedication in his home town of Concord, Ky. A section of Kentucky Route 57 from mile point 13.8 to the intersection of Kentucky Route 57 and Kentucky Route 8 will be known as the Bobby Mackey Highway.
The dedication ceremony took place on May 5, 2014, at the intersection of Kentucky Route 57 and Kentucky Route 8.
Those in attendance included Lewis County Judge Executive, Todd Ruckel, Kentucky State Representative, Rocky Adkins, as well as Dennis Brown with the Lewis County Herald, and Bobby Mackey's family.
Back in 1978, Bobby Mackey opened up Bobby Mackey's Music World in Wilder, Ky. It sits along the Licking River, just down the road from Cincinnati. It has been a popular destination for not only its music, but for its haunting tales. In fact, the world famous haunted honky tonk has been featured on several ghost hunting television shows. Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures recently featured Bobby Mackey in an episode of "Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks."
The honky tonk use to be a nightclub back in the day, complete with showgirls, waitresses holding cigarette trays to sell, as well as mobsters wheeling and dealing in the gambling room. Gilley's in Texas licensed the mechanical bulls seen in the popular movie, "Urban Cowboy." One of the mechanical bulls was purchased and landed in Bobby Mackey.
Bobby Mackey has been a staple in Northern Kentucky for over 35 years. He was recently inducted into the Northern Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. He recently released a new album, "Country Music Lives On," that features a great blend of traditional country music that is perfect to add to a music fan's collection.
Be sure to check out www.bobbymackeys.com to find out more about Bobby Mackey and his infamous haunted honky tonk.