The late Col. Hugh X. Lewis’s gift hangs proudly at KSBTM

A framed poem by the late country music star Col. Hugh X. Lewis now hangs at Hazard Community and Technical College’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music (KSBTM). Lewis presented the framed print of a poem he wrote, entitled “Bluegrass Roots,” during the 20th annual Osborne Brothers Hometown Festival in 2013 where he also performed. The print hangs proudly near the entrance to the KSBTM performance area. Representatives of HCTC said the gift from Lewis is valued even more today, following his death in Dec. 2020. Lewis, a native of Leslie County, was a supporter of the creation of the KSBTM and thought the school would be a perfect fit located in the hometown of his dear friends, the Osborne Brothers. Lewis can still be heard on radio station WSGS F.M. in Hazard. HCTC President Dr. Jennifer Lindon said she is thankful of the gift and continued support of the KSBTM in Hyden, at HCTC’s Leslie County Center. “We are so appreciative of Hugh X. Lewis and we are so proud of his involvement with faculty and students,” she said. A celebration of life service to honor Col. Hugh X. Lewis will be held at the Cornerstone Church in Nashville at 3 p.m. on Feb. 20. The event will also be streamed for those unable to attend in person.