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Kentucky State Bluegrass Song

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Click to hear MP3 clips of "Blue Moon of Kentucky"
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"Blue Moon of Kentucky"

by Bill Monroe

Blue moon of Kentucky, keep on shining,
Shine on the one that's gone and proved untrue;
Blue moon of Kentucky, keep on shining,
Shine on the one that's gone and left me blue.

It was on a moonlight night, the stars were shining bright;
And they whispered from on high, your love had said goodbye.
Blue moon of Kentucky, keep on shining,
Shine on the one that's gone and said goodbye.

Blue moon crescent - click to see all state songs
Crescent moon photo by Fort Photo on Flickr (noncommercial
use permitted with attribution / share alike).
See All State Songs - National Anthem.

Bluegrass Music

Bluegrass is an American grass roots music influenced by Irish, Scottish and English traditional music. Bluegrass was inspired by the music of immigrants from the British Isles (particularly the Scots-Irish immigrants in Appalachia), as well as jazz and blues. The bluegrass music genre is associated with the entire state, not just the bluegrass geographic region (Kentucky is nicknamed The Bluegrass State).

Appalachian dulcimers - click to see all state songs
Appalachian dulcimers - U.S. Library of Congress photo; public domain image on Wikipedia. See All State Songs - National Anthem.

In bluegrass, as in jazz, each instrument takes a turn playing the melody and improvising around it, while the others revert to backing; this is in contrast to old-time music, in which all instruments play the melody together or one instrument carries the lead throughout while the others provide accompaniment. Bluegrass is distinctively acoustic in instrumentation, using no electrical instruments of any kind (the Appalachian dulcimer is the official state musical Instrument of Kentucky).
 

Source:
Kentucky's State Bluegrass Song: KY Library & Archives
Kentucky's State Symbols: KY Dept. Libraries & Archives
Kentucky Symbols: Kentucky.gov
Bluegrass Music: Wikipedia.org
Links:
All State Songs - National Anthem

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