Young Men’s A Cappella Cover of ‘Blue Of Kentucky’ Shines Bright

Bythu lita

Mar 21, 2024

This Barbershop Quartet may be young but they have talent as you can see from this YouTube video.

Performing ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’ at the 2024 Next Generation Barbershop Junior Varsity Quartet Contest through the Barbershop Harmony Society, the young group, Blue 4 U, has the a cappella voices and perfect facial expressions to impress an audience.

The Barbershop Harmony Society provides programs and resources in music education, publishing, performance, and community outreach. This includes this contest where quartets under the age of 18 can complete with their Barbershop Harmony music.

Barbershop music has its beginnings among young African American men as early as the 1880s. The music was also very popular between 1900 and 1919. You can sometimes see modern quartets dressed up in the boaters and vertically striped vests that were used at the time.

‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’ is a waltz written in 1945 by Bill Monroe, a bluegrass musician. It was then recorded by his band, the Blue Grass Boys. The song has also been recorded by artists such as Elvis Presley and Paul McCartney. ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’ is also the official bluegrass song of Kentucky.

“Blue moon of Kentucky, keep on shining
Shine on the one that’s gone and proved untrue
Blue moon of Kentucky, keep on shining
Shine on the one that’s gone and left me blue”

The tone of the music of the version of ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’ recorded by Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys is a little different than the Barbershop version done by Blue 4 U, but both versions bring life to the song, and you can see why it is so popular.

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