1. Favorite song, set in: "Blue Moon," Cowboy Junkies version The Louvin Brothers have some contenders, including "Kentucky."
2. Basketball player: Rex Chapman. Honorable mention to Pervis Ellison, I watched both of them for years with Angus.
3. Film director: Tod Browning, see Freaks to blow your mind. "Goo-bah, Ga-bah, one of us, one of us!" is one of my favorite moments in all of cinema. There is also John Carpenter's The Thing.
4. Popular music: The Everly Brothers, most of all their 1968 album Roots.
5. Jazz musician: Lionel Hampton.
6. Bluegrass music: It's hard not to pick Bill Monroe, who more or less invented the genre.
7. Country guitarist: Merle Travis, watch these clips on YouTube.
9. Rapper: Muhammad Ali.
10. Movie, set in: "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!" Can you figure out which film that is from?
Excluded: Robert Penn Warren's book has never made sense to me, sorry. I also have the vague sense that a lot of movie stars are from this state.
The bottom line: Culturally speaking, Kentucky is a much more important and impressive state than it usually gets credit for.