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Katie Laur, Bluegrass Pioneer, Honored By City

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Jay Hanselman
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Katie Laur (left) listens to her proclamation being read.

Updated March 30 at 1:38 p.m.

The city of Cincinnati honored local music legend Katie Laur Wednesday, calling her a pioneer for her role as a woman fronting a bluegrass band, a rarity in the 1970s and '80s. 

Laur lived and made music in Detroit and Tennessee before settling in Cincinnati, where she not only played music—even naming one of her albums "Main Street" after her love of the music scene in Over-the-Rhine—but also helped arrange a variety of local shows and performances by other artists.

In addition to her music career, she also wrote monthly columns for CityBeat and Cincinnati Magazine, as well as put on a radio show, "Music from the Hills of Home," on WNKU. She has appeared on "A Prairie Home Companion," and frequently is a guest on WVXU's "Around Cincinnati," where once a month, she shares a story in a segment called "Memories from the Hills of Home."

She was inducted to the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY, in 2005. 

See the full proclamation below. 

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