Happy Friday everyone! Given that everyone’s eyes (at least in the US), should be turning from His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, Baron Carrickfergus, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Master of Arts and Her Royal Highness Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn and Lady of Carrickfergus, who appeared to enjoy a splendid wedding, to the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs for the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby. In honor of the oldest, continuous sporting event in the United States, we feature a band named after a horse. This is not just any horse, but was the horse of the Father of Bluegrass, Mr. Bill Monroe. If you haven’t guessed by now, the band is King Wilke.
We saw King Wilke opening for Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys on Good Friday in 2006. King Wilke quickly became one of our favorite bands and even publish an album entitled “Low Country Suite.” Unfortunately, the band members eventually went their separate ways. One of there signature closing songs was a song popularized by Jimmy Driftwood called “Damn Yankee Lad” and is one of our favorites.