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As lucky Kentucky fans, we find the world full of things to appreciate.  7 National Championships, 13 Final Fours, 3 straight number one recruiting classes, majestic Appalachia, and beautiful blue grass serve as great examples. However, if we dig a little deeper, we discover more than meets the eye/ear in our beautiful state and on our airwaves.

Let’s take some time to appreciate the commonwealth’s music, from past to present (along with some other tunage that may cause you to think of Big Blue):

*–The University of Kentucky Fight Song – What better way to start this list. On, On, U of K.

*–Bill Monroe – “Blue Moon of Kentucky” – In the Bluegrass State, there is no better musician to mention than the man given the majority of credit for developing bluegrass music. Bill Monroe and the “Blue Grass Boys” changed the world of music in their own manner. His mandolin stylings are a work of art that any UK fan can admire, as it represents a culture and tradition like no other in the country.

*–My Morning Jacket – “Lay Low”“Dondante”, and “One Big Holiday” – Yes, they are from Louisville, but we can’t hold that against them. This band melts your face while simultaneously hearkening back to their old Kentucky roots, which is a rare combination. The videos attest to the fact that they are one of greatest live acts performing in America today. Lead singer and state-wide hero, Jim James, attended the University of Kentucky for a short stint, in which he studied art.

*–Loretta Lynn – “Portland, Oregon” with Jack White – Everyone’s favorite ‘coal miner’s daughter’ will never leave the music consciousness of America, so she shouldn’t leave yours. Ironically, Terrence Jones is from Portland, of which Loretta croons about here. Rumor has it that TJ listens to this song before every game, ever since Bill Keightly’s ghost mysteriously uploaded the track to Jones’ iPod (sounds unbelievable on the Beats by Dre).

*–Cage the Elephant – “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” – As Beisner recently noted, these Bowling Green boys are making an even bigger name for themselves after experiencing nationwide success with this song. Supposedly, Rick Pitino and Steve Massielo inspired the ‘wicked’ aspect of this song after attempting to rob Cage the Elephant of their gear one night. The tussle started after lead singer, Matt Shultz, stole the two bleach blondes the evil Italian duo had their sights set on.

*–Montgomery Gentry – I can’t name one song by them, but I know they love UK, and that’s enough for me. These guys represent a vast majority of our fan base.

*–Prince – “Computer Blue” – The title says enough. I am currently on a computer, along with many of you. We bleed blue, often times while surfing the web. Prince’s stage presence is unbelievable, along with his music. He really reminds me of the singer in A Goofy Movie. Enjoy this masterpiece. Also, he wears the mask of the ‘lost’ Ninja Turtle, so that’s cool. (Bonus video of Kentucky band, Wax Fang, covering this song in full Prince regalia). This song title is also the answer to the question, “What happened when the Kansas fan tried to download a Samantha Ryan video?”

*–Elvis – “Blue Suede Shoes” – The world calls Elvis the ‘King of Rock and Roll’, and we recognize our university as the ‘king’ of college basketball. Elvis took the world by storm, just as the Wildcats have year after year, going down in the record books as the greatest college basketball program of all time (thanks, Jeff Sagarin). Also, anytime you mention the color blue, you have a better chance of being liked by UK fans.

*–Troop 41 – Do the John Wall – The video says it all. Choreography originally inspired by this.

*–Daniel Solzman – “Lazy Tuesday” – This is what happens when we UK fans get a hold of the world wide web… S. M. H.

*–Blue Oyster Cult – “Don’t Fear the Reaper” – This, obviously, was a band of rampant Cat fans. Or not. But they do have blue in their band name. Mostly, I am just looking for a reason to post this:

Feel free to add more options and ideas in the comment section. There will be further Blue Note posts that bring more sounds to the forefront for Kentucky fans to explore. Even sports fans needs a little music in their lives.

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Article written by Chris Thomas

49 Comments for Blue Notes



  1. Justcauseit'sthenormdon'tmakeitright
    9:42 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    ninth



  2. Polsen for Three!!
    9:45 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    Blue (Da Ba Dee) by Eiffle 65

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68ugkg9RePc



  3. ldub
    9:47 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    Nappy Roots!!



  4. cozz
    9:55 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    i believe the song is titled “Dondante,” and is incredible.



  5. Wade
    10:00 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    Dumb post. Nice try but dumb.



  6. Sawyer
    10:05 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    yeah my morning jacket is a good band…sour



  7. chokecal
    10:07 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    ROOOOLLLLLL TIIIIDDDDEEEEEEEEE!! lol



  8. KY Blue
    10:14 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    Below Zero:
    “Kentucky blue shirt wit my UK hat, Straight from the K so i rep the wildcats.”



  9. unboltedharp
    10:17 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    The Kentucky Headhunters and Rufus Huff. Two great Kentucky bands.



  10. lebsdad
    10:18 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    How can you have Blue Suede Shoes and not Kentucky Rain?



  11. KY_Wildcat_AL
    10:25 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    Cancel my subscription!



  12. Mborotncatfan
    10:34 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    I would have to second the nappy roots, and a few of them are cats fans



  13. Bob
    10:35 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    George Clooney
    Enough said



  14. BCO
    10:38 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    Chris Knight > Anyone youve mentioned so far…



  15. Soap MacTavish
    10:41 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    “Blind Man” by Black Stone Cherry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO1_cpIIzXI&ob=av2el

    The video’s not much to write home about (it was filmed at Waverly Hills for crying out loud), but they’re a GREAT band from Kentucky.



  16. J-Money
    10:51 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    Everly Brothers???



  17. john
    10:51 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    Cat Scratch Fever?



  18. Jim James
    11:10 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    I, lead singer of My Morning Jacket, went to UK for a spell.



  19. Chris Thomas
    11:16 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    18) He is a god, and that is a solid piece of info I did not know. Which is weird, considering I nearly worship the guy.



  20. elstie01
    11:27 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    This really is a horrid post! I hope I forget this ever came about.



  21. You do realize
    11:36 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    Cage the elephants drummer often wears an u of l short. That makes him stupid, but it’s still a fact.



  22. NotChrisThomas
    11:37 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    have to mention “My Kentucky Home” by KD/Goodfellas/etc…my favorite terrible rap song



  23. homophobe
    11:43 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    Looking for a reason to post Blue Oyser Cult?? Bet you are looking for a reason to go to the Blue Oyster Bar…



  24. BGFan
    11:49 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    Sam Bush, father of New Grass



  25. bigbadjon
    12:13 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    In one ear is another good track by cage the elephant. Also seems to fit with eloy and tj last night.



  26. DJ Rockbottom
    1:06 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Worst of all, you forgot “My Old Kentucky Home” by A.B. Happy Chandler. Shame.



  27. AyyDotBeeDot
    1:12 am January 20, 2011 Permalink


  28. AyyDotBeeDot
    1:14 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    btw.. entertaining post CT.



  29. Grandpa_Matt_Jones
    1:17 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Eight More Miles to Louisville & Blue Moon of Kentucky.



  30. Miles Davis
    7:26 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    What about Kind of Blue?



  31. HillbillyInBC
    7:48 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Can’t mention My Morning Jacket and face-melting without reference to their greatest jam of all, “Mahgeetah”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETQV7YODSxA



  32. BigBill
    8:12 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Where is Happy Chandler’s “My Old Kentucky Home”……every time I am at Senior Day I can’t help but think of the old crooner screaming out this tune. The last few years he did it……I didn’t know if he would make it through or not. Fortunately, they were able to get him ( a UK Board of Trustees member) off the Rupp Floor before he made some distasteful comment!



  33. Cristoforouk
    8:12 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Jim James also used to work at Heine Brothers off Chenoweth Lane in Louisville with my ex-girlfriend. True story!

    Another great KY band – Sunday Valley.



  34. Tobias Funke
    8:39 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    JD Crow, Sam Bush, Keith Whitley, Ricky Skaggs



  35. blueballs14
    8:59 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Dwight Yoakam..
    Kentucky Woman (the great Neil Diamond or..Deep Purple)



  36. Carl Perkins
    9:11 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Damn that Elvis, I made it big with blue suede shoes first!



  37. Baldy
    9:11 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Leaving Nappy Roots off this list is inexcusable. KD,a rapper from Louisville, has a song called “My Old Kentucky Home” that features Fish Scales from Nappy and Demmy from The ‘Villbillies. Your credibility is completely lost for not including this song…it’s incredible.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_f8EiNTuh8



  38. bung
    9:13 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    yeah 31 …between the song and the comment in the hall can you believe they disrespected the old guy that was the baseball coomish that broke the barrier?



  39. bung
    9:14 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    commissioner



  40. Jessdogky
    9:29 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    MMJ owns all you peeps.



  41. jake the snake
    9:46 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Government Cheese!



  42. ET
    11:16 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    You can’t forget about the Kentucky Headhunter’s “Kentucky Wildcat” !!



  43. T Condo
    1:42 pm January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t forget Glenn Kotche, drummer of Wilco. He graduated from UK’s percussive arts school…he’s a bad man



  44. Assassin Number 2
    2:41 pm January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Merle Haggard (or Dolly Parton) “Kentucky Gambler”



  45. Boyle County
    3:04 pm January 20, 2011 Permalink

    “My Town” is an awesome song about Perryville/Danville area… Montgomery Gentry



  46. rupp's grunt
    4:15 pm January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Year of the Cat – Al Stewart



  47. rupp's grunt
    4:17 pm January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Boogie Fever – The Sylvers

    Yes, I know it would have been more appropo last year…



  48. rupp's grunt
    5:06 pm January 20, 2011 Permalink

    And let’s not forget Enes Kanter’s theme song:
    Free Me – Roger Daltrey
    Actually, the lyrics are rather on target:

    Free me
    Cant you hear that’s what I say
    Free me
    Anyhow or anyway.

    I hear a voice
    Call in the night
    Push on the brain
    Fades with the light
    And I’ve seen a face
    With so many eyes
    I hear their words
    Knowing they’re lies

    Can’t you hear me say
    Can’t you hear me say
    Can’t you hear me say

    FREE ME!!
    I am a flame
    But he held the fire
    Call me a fool
    Don’t call me a liar
    Take me to hell
    And let me stay
    If that’s the price
    I have to pay

    Can’t you hear me say
    Can’t you hear me say
    Can’t you hear me say

    FREE ME!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DOApf05kic



  49. Bubba
    5:07 pm January 20, 2011 Permalink

    How about Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes?