UK to honor Crowe with an honorary degree

We just heard some wonderful news from Tom Adler about a well-deserved honor coming later this year for J.D. Crowe.

“I’m truly pleased to announce that the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees has designated banjoist/bandleader J.D. Crowe as one of the recipients of an honorary doctorate. The Doctor of Arts degree will be conferred at the upcoming Commencement ceremony in Lexington, Kentucky, on December 14th, 2012.

To my knowledge, Crowe will be only the second bluegrass musician ever to receive such an honor from the University of Kentucky — the first was Bill Monroe, who was granted the degree in 1984 and received it at the June, 1985 UK Commencement ceremonies.

Crowe has told me that he is very pleased, but does NOT want anyone to publicly address him as ‘Dr. Crowe’ — still, I hope all will join me in offering their congratulations to this great artist and exemplary bluegrass leader.”

One wonders whether this honor will come with tickets to watch his beloved Wildcats basketball team.

Many congratulations to the great J.D. Crowe!

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.