UKELSON, LOUIS M. “LOU” (c.1925-2013)

Latter-day owner of the Jimmie Skinner Music Center, Lou Ukelson also founded and for a while operated Aunt Maudie’s Country Garden in Cincinnati. He made his mark, however, as a record label owner and producer by founding Vetco Records in Cincinnati and issuing a lot of bluegrass in the 1970s and 1980s, using the best local talent as well as a few nationally known artists. He also owned the Outhouse label (releasing off-color bluegrass ditties) as well as the Octev label (Vetco spelled backwards), and issued some records for rockabilly legend Charlie Feathers on the Feathers label.

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