Don Parmley commemorative road sign

Randy Southwood, Dale Weddle (Deputy Executive Director Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways), State Representative Ken Upchurch, Don Parmley, Kenneth Catron (Mayor of Monticello), Wayne County Judge Greg Rankin - photo by Toni HumbleThis past April, we told you about a special celebration in Monticello, KY honoring Don Parmley, founder of The Bluegrass Cardinals. He performed on banjo with the Cardinals for years along with his son, David Parmley. Other members of the band over the years include Don Rigsby, Randy Graham, Jimmy Haley and Herschel Sizemore.

On July 28, Wayne County, KY continued the honorifics by unveiling a commemorative highway sign which reads “Welcome to Wayne County (KY) ‚Ä¢ Home of Don Parmley ‚Ä¢ Founding member of the Bluegrass Cardinals.”

Don is retired now, but occasionally appears in Bluegrass Cardinals reunion shows with fellow founding members David Parmley and Randy Graham.

Congratulations Don – you’re immortal!

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