|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 with over 20 years experience in music journalism, concert planning, photography, and promotion. Jessica is a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the 2019 Leadership Kentucky BRIGHT Class and a recipient of the Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award. Listen to her each week on WFKY on Friday mornings for the Nashville News Roundup.