written by Jesse Love, marketing intern
ROMP has been a very big part of my whole family for a very long time. When my dad, Chris Love, became involved with the festival in 2011, it was as if the whole family jumped into this wonderful adventure together. I was born immediately loving all types of music, so it was only natural for me to love all the musicians that come to the ROMP stage every year.
One day back in 2011, while getting lost somewhere in the depths of Facebook, I came across something pertaining to ROMP. At the time I had never even heard of ROMP! Whaaaaaa??!?! I know, it seems inconceivable! How had I gone so long without knowing about this festival?!? Especially with it being just about an hour from home! I had to check it out right away. After a little digging I knew I wanted to to be a part of this festival! The line up was amazing, and it was right at home.
It's been blisteringly hot all day but as the sun begin to set and and the stage lit up, all of the sweat and soreness and tired, aching eyes fades into nothing. The first long fiddle note fills the air and before long, the ground is covered with people dancing and swinging and singing songs that have been sung in our Commonwealth for the last hundred years...
As the little wooden sign in my house states: “I wasn’t born in Kentucky but I got here as fast as I could.” If you know me well, you know I am a proud Kentuckian. I have been here 26 of the 29 years of my life and it has been a great pleasure and privilege to grow up in and come back to Paducah. If I made a list all the things I love about my gorgeous and great home state, it could wind the track at Keeneland twice – maybe three times. I won’t bother trying, but I will tell you that one of the things I am most fond of is: The Music of Kentucky. And most specifically: Bluegrass.
I first learned about ROMP in 2012 while attending University of California, Santa Cruz. I was about to graduate and instead of taking a graduation trip overseas, my husband (Rod) and I opted to save our money to buy a VW van and travel across the country for the summer. Sometime in the winter of 2012 I saw that two of my favorite bands, Old Crow Medicine Show and Carolina Chocolate Drops, would be performing at a festival called ROMP in Owensboro, Kentucky that summer
Written by Katie Keller, Marketing Director
My first year behind the scenes for ROMP was one of the greatest experiences in my adult career.
One of the most astounding things I witnessed was the humility of the artists involved; over the course of four days, I watched legends and pioneers of Bluegrass music mingle, jam and laugh with friends new and old--scenes that would seem better fit for a backyard bar-b-q than a world-renowned music festival. This is the beauty of Bluegrass music – the family, the love and the ties that bind us all together no matter the role we play.
Written by Chris Langdon, Promotions Director
From the time I arrive at the park on Tuesday morning until I leave on Sunday night, the festival provides equal levels of stress and joy; but it is the energy from all of our attendees that keeps me going. It's like every pat on the back, high five, or hug in a B-12 shot. I feel constantly energized by the love from our friends.