Friday Five: Louisville

Juli Thanki | August 24th, 2012

Louisville’s been a popular song topic for many country artists, whether they use it as the title of an instrumental (Bill Monroe’s “Louisville Breakdown”), sing about the Kentucky Derby, or pay tribute to one of the city’s finest products (several songs mention a good ol’ Louisville Slugger). And let’s not forget that the grisly “Banks of the Ohio” could take place in Louisville, which is located on the river.

5. Bill Evans – “They Say You’re Never Lonely in Louisville”

Here’s a fine jazz song from the banjo genius’ most recent album, In Good Company.

4. Jim Lauderdale – “Louisville Roll”

This bluesy cut is on Lauderdale’s 2010 album, Patchwork River. Turns out that soul music sounds good on him.

 

3. Don Williams – “Follow Me Back to Louisville”

If you really love the man, you’ll follow him back home. That sound you just heard is a few thousand women pulling out their suitcases.

 

2. Dwight Yoakam – “Louisville”

Poor Dwight’s been waiting six weeks in that “old river town” for a woman who’s never going to get her act together and join him. This song, a Pat Gallagher/Jann Browne co-write, topped out at #75 on the charts in 1990 when Browne released it as a single off of her album Tell Me Why. 

 

1. Grandpa Jones – “Eight More Miles to Louisville”

Jones’ banjo tune is a classic that’s been sung by June Carter, Sam Bush, and a whole bunch of artists in between.

  1. bob
    August 24, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Louisville Nashville Line – Trent Summar and the New Row Mob from their 2006 album Horseshoes and Hand Grenades.

  2. Leeann Ward
    August 24, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I particularly enjoy Trent Summar and the New Row Mob’s “Louisville Nashville Line.”

  3. Leeann Ward
    August 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Ha, Bob, our comments crossed each other in transit.

  4. bob
    August 24, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Hi Leeann – Great minds … Happy Friday.

    My favorite song on Horseshoes & Hand Grenades is the title track.

  5. Rick
    August 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I love that Grandpa Jones song and consider it one of my all time country favorites. I just have a download version but that sure sounds like Merle Travis picking guitar on that song. In fact I like it so much I requested it on WSM after a Friday Night Opry a few months back.

  6. Paul W Dennis
    August 25, 2012 at 4:07 am

    The Statler Brothers recorded a nice version of “Eight More Miles To Louisville” that featured Grandpa Jones playing the banjo

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