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Playlist – Kentucky

Verbose as we are, there is no way we can spend the next year constantly yelling talking to each other. Terrible as it may sound to the ears of an outsider, singing as loudly as possible is a frequent occurrence in The Highland Flinger (THF). We will make a playlist of what we’re slappin the air bass to. Each list will contain songs from artists/bands from the state or will allude to the state in some way.


1. Billy Ray Cyrus – Achy Breaky Heart
This mulletted one-hit-wonder must be made of Teflon. After bouncing back from being the poster boy for bad hairstyles to have a successful acting career, his daughter even became uber successful after overcoming the fact that she was given the stripper-esque name “Destiny” by her parents.

2. The Judds – Why Not Me
Naomi and Wynonna Judd were one of the most successful country acts of all time, and we can go ahead and say the most successful mother/daughter country duo ever. Naomi’s other daughter, Ashley, is also one of the most famous University of Kentucky basketball fans.

3. Montgomery Gentry – Something To Be Proud Of
The duo of Eddie Montgomery and Tony Gentry might be the most enjoying country groups going today. It was difficult to pick just one of their songs, but this one is Jackie’s favorite.

4. Patty Loveless – Blame It On Your Heart
Interestingly enough, Montgomery Gentry got started opening for Patty Loveless. In this song, Ms. Loveless wins the “Most adjectives used to describe one thing” for her line “lying, cheating, cold deadbeating, Two-timing, double dealing, Mean mistreating, loving heart”.

5. Loretta Lynn – Coal Miner’s Daughter
Loretta Lynn is an icon of country music. This song, based on her life and autobiography, was turned into an Academy Award winning movie of the same name in 1980.

6. The Everly Brothers – When Will I Be Loved
This old timey song has stood the test of time, even becoming mega hits for other musicians including Reba McEntire and Linda Ronstadt

7. University of Louisville Marching Band – My Old Kentucky Home

The official song tradition of the Kentucky Derby. Apparently people used to sing a lot better than they do now, because this video from a few years ago is a bit unforgiving. Still, the tradition continues:

8. Black Stone Cherry – White Trash Millionaire
This might be how some of the crowd at the Kentucky Derby could be described…

9. The Kentucky Headhunters – Ain’t That A Shame
Despite their menacing name, the Kentucky Headhunters are a good natured country rock band complete with a harmonica. Formed in Glasgow, KY, their sound has been described as  has been described as “guitar-heavy, rambunctious music.”

10. The Muckrakers – Lights of Louisville
While the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks are run during the day, Churchill Downs runs many races “under the lights” in Louisville.

11. Nappy Roots – Awnaw
Mark’s dorm roommate in college loved Nappy Roots, and the CD that this song comes from never left the 6-CD changer once during their entire freshman year. When you hear a song that many times during a year it’s only natural to turn your feelings about it from love to hate, but Mark eventually came back full circle and loved this song and Nappy Roots again by the end of the year.

12. Emmylou Harris – Blue Kentucky Girl
Originally sung by Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris released this song again in 1979 to rave reviews. Apparently some of Kentucky’s grass has a blue tint to it, which is why it is known as the “Bluegrass State”. Unfortunately, we were unable to see any of the famous bluegrass.

13. Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder – Little Maggie
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder keep the spirit and tradition of bluegrass music alive, they are the perennial winner of Grammy Awards and International Bluegrass Music Association for “Best Bluegrass Album.”

14. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
This eclectic band has changed styles and experimented often over the years, but still have a devoted following. They once played a 4 hour set at Bonnaroo, and at one point there were plans for the band to tour as “The Electric Mayhem”, the fictional band from the puppet series The Muppet Show. The band would have performed live backstage while animatronic versions of the puppet characters appeared on stage, but Disney ended up scrapping the project.

15. Cage the Elephant – Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked
This band from Bowling Green, KY made it big with the release of this song in 2009. But their band name begs the question, who would want to cage an elephant??

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