Derby Days: 11 Songs About Kentucky

The Commonwealth of Kentucky.  A curious study in American affection.  Our 15th state.  Why has such a diminutive domain buried in the middle of our vast continent captured such a unique place in the American psyche?  Maybe it’s Kentucky’s distinction as a Commonwealth, one that only four other states have.  (Can you name the other three without wikihelp?)  Maybe it’s the natural beauty.  Or maybe it’s just the name Kentucky whose sound hearkens a reverence for time-honored traditions and cherished heritage.  A taste of the old South without all the baggage.

Kentucky is about horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass and college basketball.  The state even has its own genre of music.  We’ll get to that music thing in a bit.

Naturally, states like California, New York, Texas, and Florida have a distinct advantage with cities that have global cachet, offer warm winters, and beach vacations.

One thing that can be easily argued?  Kentucky definitely plays above its “flyover status” when it comes to musical adulation. Here are our Top 11 songs about (or that at least mention) Kentucky.

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Staying Dry During Rain

A caveat: File this post under the category that includes rants about the press playing to the lowest common denominator.  With the latest “worst heat wave ever” and a slow news cycle we’re treated to stories proving to us how 95 degrees of Fahrenheit is oppressive. 

Unbearable heat in action.  If you see it, call the news tip line.
The worst part of these stories is the faux public service that the talking heads perform by reminding us how to beat the heat.  Among other insightful nuggets we get “slow down” and “dress for summer”.  All bullet-pointed for our apparent illiteracy and as if we would wear parkas, sock hats and our favorite knock-off Burberry scarf in July while running our first 5k. Read more of this post

Deen controversy offers lessons in crisis PR

Paula Deen
The Paula Deen controversy is a study in crisis management public relations and communications.  What are the lessons to be learned?  Crisis management is complicated and typically a Monday-morning-quarterback’s sport.  But here are a few rules that can shed some light.
Rule #1: Anticipate.
In Deen’s case the reality of the situation was that the smoke lead to fire.  Given this, the first rule of crisis management to “be out in front of the situation” became all the more important. 

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