Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Hollercast podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.
Today would have been Skeeter Davis’s birthday. The Dry Ridge, Kentucky native was born back in 1931 and left a mark on country music. Skeeter Davis was the first country music female artist to be nominated for a Grammy award.
In 1973, Skeeter Davis was banned from being a Grand Ole Opry complaining about arrests of a Christian group’s members. She was later allowed to come back to the Opry in 1975. In those days, and even today, it was hard for a woman to speak her mind without getting into trouble. Word was that Roy Acuff made a plea on stage of the Opry to reinstate the death penalty after the murder of another Kentucky native, Stringbean Akemon. He didn’t receive a fallout, yet Skeeter Davis did.
Sadly we lost the legend in 2004 due to breast cancer. Below is one of her many performances of the hit song, “End of the World.”