My grandpa – always in Liberty overalls overlooking his mules.
It isn’t very often that you hear a song and it hits you in your heart. It pulls a heartstring. I first heard Alan Jackson’s song, “Blue Side of Heaven,” over the radio airwaves of WSM-650 AM. Alan Jackson did a concert at the Station Inn to promote his album, “The Bluegrass Album.” Then when he played that song I immediately was brought to tears. I began searching the lyrics or even another live performance of the song online. Needless to say, I had to wait until the album was released.
The song immediately reminded me of the passing of my grandparents this past spring. My grandpa passed away a month after his birthday and a week after their 69th wedding anniversary. My grandma would pass away a week after her birthday, a month after my grandpa. Every time I see a pair of Liberty overalls or a quilt I am reminded of my grandparents. They are definitely missed.
Click here for the article that I wrote for Examiner.com that tells about the background story of the song as well as the lyrics to Blue Side of Heaven.
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.