This post is really just to test sharing a Spotify playlist.
In spite of the fact that only Don was born in Kentucky and for the most part both Don and Phil were raised in Chicago and Shenandoah, Iowa, the state of Kentucky has retains a place of nostalgic prominence in the Everly Brothers narrative. On their album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, the Everly Brothers recorded “Kentucky.” Written by Karl Davis of the non-brother duo Karl and Harty, the song describes an idyllic region:
Kentucky, you are the dearest land outside of Heaven to me.
Kentucky, I miss your laurels and your redbud trees.
When I die I want to rest upon your graceful mountains so free.
For that is where God will look for me.
Kentucky, I miss the old folks singing in the silvery moonlight.
Kentucky, I miss the hound dogs chasin’ coons.
I know that my mother, dad, and sweetheart are waiting for me
Kentucky, I will be coming soon.
Karl and Harty recorded the song in 1941 (OKeh OK 06163) and it quickly became a sentimental favorite among American servicemen overseas. Two country brother duos also recorded it: the Blue Sky Boys from North Carolina, had a hit with it in 1947, and the Louvin Brothers from Alabama recorded it in 1956.
In this playlist, you can hear all but the Karl and Harty version. If you know of other recordings of this song, please comment below and I’ll add them to the playlist. And since this is my first attempt at sharing a Spotify playlist, I would welcome any feedback.