Ok. The last 48 hours have sucked.
Yesterday, after 10 hours without internet and messing around with new routers/modems, which is exactly how I wanted to spend my day off, I managed to get the web back in full effect at about 12:13 AM. I make a sweet post (this one) and was going to post it when I got off work at 3 PM today. Thanks to sucky management, I was stuck at the restaurant until just now. So, trust me when I say I am sorry and would much rather be posting than serving tables.
A day late and a dollar short? Never! June 1st marked (my home state) Kentucky becoming the 15th state some 214 years ago.
Kentucky is home to many things. Bourbon, thoroughbred racing, crazy basketball fans, Abraham Lincoln, bluegrass, fried chicken, Johnny Depp, George Clooney, Hunter S. Thompson, and (most importantly) half of iGIF. Ok, just kidding about that last part.. But the state of Kentucky is a great state. I know what you’re thinking, “What’s so great about tobacco and hillbillies?” We’re not all hillbillies, but we do have our fair share. One of only four Commonwealth States, Kentucky’s top three cashcrops are: bourbon/whiskey, tobacco, and marijuana. Nestled between the three cash crops of a typical Friday night are cities like Lexington, Louisville, and Northern Kentucky (home to the Cincinnati Airport and yours truly). As previously mentioned, Kentucky is well known for thoroughbred horses, horse racing, local bourbon whisky distilleries, bluegrass music, and college basketball. While Kentucky’s pastimes are distinctly those of the South, our Northern flare makes Kentucky a gem amongst the trite Midwest.
Sit back, have a few glasses of Maker’s Mark and enjoy these songs.
[MP3] Brendan Benson – Gold Into Straw
[MP3] Bob Dylan – Man Of Constant Sorrow
[MP3] Chris Whitley – Big Sky Country
[MP3] Iron and Wine – Jason Loves Kentucky
[MP3] Tom Waits – Kentucky Avenue
[MP3] Sufjan Stevens – Abraham
[MP3] The Chinese Stars – The Fastest Horse Yet
[MP3] Pavement – Kentucky Cocktail
[MP3] The Beatles – Blue Moon Of Kentucky
[MP3] KD – My Kentucky Home
[MP3] Modest Mouse – So Much Beauty In Dirt
[MP3] My Morning Jacket – Nashville to Kentucky (KY Natives!)
[MP3] The Shins – Mine’s Not A High Horse
[MP3] Tom Waits – Jockey Full Of Bourbon
[MP3] The Kinks – Kentucky Moon
[MP3] Ray LaMontagne – All The Wild Horses
I was talking to Joel and Greg from Oh No! Oh My! while constructing this post and we did some online musical bartering, of sorts. Long story short, they are now contributing their genius/hilarious song about Kentucky and yours truly that they personally crafted for all you loyal iGIF readers. Pay close attention to the lyrics! This song shall get another post, no worries. Enjoy!
Bonus [MP3] Oh No! Oh My! – I Guess I’m Floating (To Kentucky) (NEW!)
Be sure to pay homage to the other bloggers that live(d) in Kentucky: YANP and MOKB. Also, for Christ’s sake, check out Tree’s Lounge awesome 50 States project! He already covered The Bluegrass State and has a lot of the same songs I’ve got plus A TON more. He runs a helluva blog.