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.
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 Iâ€ˆget 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.”