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Blue Moon of Kentucky’s Tuesday News and Views

Kentuckians Ben Sollee, Justin Paul Lewis and Houndmouth perofrm “Blue Moon of Kentucky” to a crowded Waterfront Park. (Kory Johnson Photography)

Part of our job at KSR is introducing the BBN to the best of Kentucky culture.  When hoping to find a song to trump “Teach me bout Kentucky” and “Big Blue Fan in the Morning” (Sorry Kentucky Joe), I found out that my young mind had much more to learn about the Blue Moon of Kentucky.

I first discovered the local music scene when I met a long-lost cousin at a family reunion that was a actually a pretty big deal.  Justin Paul Lewis has toured around the region and recently recorded an album with Lexington cellist Ben Sollee.  After watching one show, I was hooked.  Last month at Waterfront Wednesday in Louisville, Sollee invited Lewis and Louisville band Houndmouth to the stage to perform “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”

Kentucky people making Kentucky music is a sight that will make you proud, but the song’s past has a prouder history.  Originally written by Bill Monroe in 1946 with the Bluegrass Boys (who would later branch off to be the Soggy Mountain Boys, inspiration to O Brother Where Art Thou‘s Soggy Bottom Boys), “Blue Moon of Kentucky” was side B of Elvis Presley’s first recorded single.  The song also touched pop culture in the 80s, with John Candy and Steve Martin singing a rendition in the iconic Planes, Trains and Automobiles.   It is the official bluegrass song of Kentucky.

Kentucky’s Blue Moon has shined in American pop culture throughout the decades and Kentuckians will ensure that it will keep on shinin’ til the rooster crows.

Kentuckians Ben Sollee, Justin Paul Lewis and Houndmouth perofrm "Blue Moon of Kentucky" to a crowded Waterfront Park. (Kory Johnson Photography)

Kentuckians Ben Sollee, Justin Paul Lewis and Houndmouth perofrm “Blue Moon of Kentucky” to a crowded Waterfront Park. (Photo by Kory Johnson Photography)

The football team is feeling good

There’s a lot more jokes being cracked after practice this year.  It helps when your team is starting to figure things out.  The offense had a great 2-minute drill to get the game week momentum going.  Wide receivers aren’t dropping passes like it’s hot, thanks to a tennis ball machine that pumps em out almost too fast.  Most importantly, the excitement of the preseason has tempered into game week preparations.

Neal Brown sounded comfortable with his young offense, a completely different story than last season, “I think we’re in a good place.  (It’s a) Simple game plan.  Go out and try to play fast, execute.  I’m excited to see how some of these guys — especially the guys that are going to make their first showing in Commonwealth — how they’re going to perform.”

Be thankful Bud is in Blue

In an interview with Larry Vaught, Bud revealed that he was VERY close to transferring after Joker Phillips asked Bud to switch from tight end to defense.  A highly touted defensive prospect, Bud turned down big name SEC schools so he could play offense at Kentucky.  When they asked him to switch, he called his mother and told her her was transferring.  Luckily the staff was willing to negotiate with Bud, “‘Can I get No. 2?’  So they gave me No. 2 and I was okay with it.  But it was getting the number that kept me here.”

Wildcats vs. Bearcats Coming Soon? 

We had heard earlier in the summer of rumblings with a game against Cincinnati.  It appears to be more than just rumblings with the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Tom Groeschen reporting that the two sides are officially meeting to discuss a home-and-home series.

Kentucky has already made Ohio a home for recruiting, why not call it home for one win?

If you haven’t had enough chances, you can help pick Commonwealth Stadium music

I think the people at UK heard our complaints about the music.  First you got the chance to pick when “My Ole Kentucky Home” was played, then it was the song before kickoff, now it’s the music during the game.  With options in rock, hip-hop, country and pop, there’s a choice for everyone.  Click here to cast your vote.

Anthony Davis leads Team USA in another blowout victory

The last of the World Cup warmups was a breeze for the Red, White, and Blue, cruising to a 101-71 win.  DeMarcus Cousins had a ferocious dunk, finishing with 6 points and 4 rebounds.  

Anthony Davis once again played the role of Captain America, scoring a team-high 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.  The Brow just makes basketball look easy. 

Cal tells Seth Greenburg that fate kept him at Kentucky

In a series of interviews during the Fantasy Camp, Calipari was once again asked about the Cavaliers’ job.  His response this time was better than any before:

“Fate intervened for me,” Calipari said. “Whatever happened after the season with any teams, at the end of the day, this is where I wanted to be. And you know a big part of it is we had four guys stay, and they didn’t have the chance to say ‘well if you leave, we’ll leave.’ No, you already made a decision to stay. So that weighed on me more than anything else.”

From the BBN, thank you “fate.”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

30 Comments for Blue Moon of Kentucky’s Tuesday News and Views



  1. Dr. Funke
    11:41 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    My gut tells me that Cal never considered the Cleveland Job as much as he puts on. The NBA is a payers league, and D1 basketball is a coaches league. Why would Cal step out of the spotlight that he is in here? Unless he is getting tired of it. I think its just more of him using the media attention to the bring more attention to this team and what going on here at UK (in typical Cal fashion). Plus, I think he really respects Lebron, and wants him to think that it was a really hard decision.



    • whisker biscuit
      6:48 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

      What do you know…Bewley’s spittle dominated you on the colonel’s court!



    • bramstin milsapp
      9:54 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

      He said he stayed based on the 4 players staying… when 8 or 9 go pro this year, then his decision will start to lean the other way I predict.



  2. James K
    11:45 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    The Deloreans were the best band at that Waterfront Wednesday by about a million miles.



    • Me
      8:16 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

      And they’re an 80’s cover band?! I looked em up. Must have not been that great or a show if a cover band was by far the best. Also, must have not been that great of a show of a cover band is on the list of performers.



    • James K
      10:46 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

      Look it up again. They aren’t a cover band.

      http://thedeloreans.bandcamp.com



  3. Gracie
    12:15 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    Love, love, love Ben Sollee and Houndmouth is great.



  4. Gus
    12:23 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    I know its semantics but fairly certain Houndmouth is based in the nalb… (Indiana). They’re good tho



    • DH
      10:28 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

      Yes, they are from southern IN.



  5. JB
    12:31 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    The Old people are spending the most money today to attend games at Commonwealth Stadium. Maybe you need to ask them more directly what music they want to hear.



  6. bluemanchew
    12:35 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    This is off topic. But I need to vent I watched a show on espn called sec storied they basically tried to show the best sec stories, championships and dynasties. With celebrities involved in telling the stories. According to them best in football is Alabama, LSU, Florida. Check. Baseball S Car, miss st. Check. Basketball Arkansas and Florida, what? The only time they talked about uk basketball was, 2 loses. They showed ralphie may more than ashley judd. Also talked about vandy football more than anything UK related. Its awful do not watch.



    • Vote for Nappy Roots Y'all!
      12:44 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

      Just watched the same thing and had the same feeling. It was absolutely ridiculous.



    • Relax Guy
      10:10 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

      You obviously didn’t listen to what those fans said about UK. Ralphie May, Emmett Smith, etc, all said that UK was the powerhouse, historically, and it was nice for their respective schools to compete with us. Quit being so butt-hurt and offended.



    • Redneck Cable Subscriber
      10:13 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

      “I’m pissed that all they mostly damn talked about was foo-ball, man!”



    • bluemanchew
      11:42 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

      Please leave comments that make sense to an adult, and not just a 7th grader. You missed the point they showed championships in football (alabama, florida, tenn.) Then showed championships in baseball (s. Car) when they did get to basketball it was arkansas and florida. If you don’t have a problem with that then you have been watching way too much big east sports instead. And atleast 15 minutes of the show was vandy football.



    • Relax Guy
      11:55 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

      I don’t have a problem with a show that primarily focused on the chick who played Sabrina the Teenage Witch talking about how she married into Alabama fandom. Or getting Jason Duffner’s opinion on Auburn, seeing as how he plays golf. And last time I checked, there are no SEC NASCAR races, okay Carl Edwards? I’m sure Tennessee is stoked their celebrity representative was Charlie Daniels.

      Don’t put too much stock in it. It’s a TV show. And besides, UK got plenty of mention. Ashley Judd was on it, remember?



  7. Cal
    12:39 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    I know he says it frequently, but I really hope that Cal realizes that this is the best job in basketball for so many reasons. Is it tough at times, of course. It wouldn’t be the best if it wasn’t. The grass is not always greener. Stay at UK, Cal, and let’s build what everyone says we can’t.



  8. NotAMindReader
    1:07 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    Who did Team USA blow out?



  9. dane
    1:38 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    foggy mountain boys. c’mon, man.



    • arlo
      7:44 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

      really. i can tell he is a bluegrass aficionado.



  10. Old
    7:44 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    Let’s be original at Commonwealth this year. No one else is blasting out Burl Ives or Lawrence Welk right?



  11. asdf
    8:37 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    UK really ought to turn “Blue Moon of Kentucky” into our version of “Rocky Top”. It’s fun, very up-tempo, easy for a group to sing along with, and basically everyone already knows the chorus.



    • CATandMONKEY
      9:45 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

      Funny thing is: Rocky Top was written and performed by Bobby Osborne, Leslie County native. An excellent player though I still can’t forgive him for Rocky Top.



  12. beavis606
    9:29 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    UK should play Blue Moon at some time every game. ONLY THE ELVIS VERSION. I mean, he is the King



    • asdf
      9:40 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

      Tom Petty did a pretty awesome cover of “Blue Moon of Kentucky” as well. It is obviously inspired by Elvis’ version, but in many ways it is actually better. He injects even more energy into the song.



    • Cats, Cats, Cats
      2:10 pm August 27, 2014 Permalink

      Add Paul McCartney to the list as well – he did a version of Blue Moon of Kentucky on an episode of MTV’s (?) ” Unplugged”. I have the CD of the show.

      I’ve thought the same as another poster above. The UK band should adopt a jazzed up version of the song for a new UK tradition. I mean even the song title is perfect! How could we NOT do it?



    • catdaddyd
      7:08 pm August 27, 2014 Permalink

      Agree Elvis version.



  13. CATandMONKEY
    9:41 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    The Bluegrass Boys remained the Bluegrass Boys until the death of William Smith Monroe in 1996. Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt (both fine musicians in their own right) started the Foggy Mountain Boys in 1948.

    While the Foggy Mountain Boys were ” branched off” former members of the Bluegrass Boys, Monroe and his band kept on performing pretty much up until Monroe’s Last Days on Earth. ( That thar is a corny mandolin reference- from a corny mandolinist, myself.)

    Monroe didn’t think much of the Elvis version of the song…until the royalty checks rolled in. He recalls them as being “parful, mighty parful checks”.

    Looking forward to a victory by 40+ bigguns this weekend. GO CATS!



  14. UKBlue1!
    9:42 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    Cincinnati? Why. We are stuck playing Louisville……why would you want to play Cincinnati. I can see playing them if we were able to win 7-9 games a year on a regular basis. Hell, we can’t beat WKU. Lets get to a point were we can beat the non conference schedule we have before trying to upgrade it.



    • CATandMONKEY
      9:48 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

      The only real positive I see from this matchup (as mentioned in prior threads) is the close proximity of the opposing fanbase which should lead to a good crowd and hopefully exciting atmosphere.