Thirty years after Mickey Clark recorded the first “Battle of New Orleans” takeoff in honor of the University of Louisville basketball team getting to the Final Four in New Orleans, he’s out with his latest release, honoring Rick Pitino’s 2012 team.
Mickey’s a lifelong Cardinal fan, absolutely nuts about U of L basketball, is a local country music favorite and sells advertising space for the Louisville Sports Report. The song is not available for purchase because it includes player names.
You heard it here first (turn the volume up, way up, so your UK neighbors can hear.)
Lyrics: Battle of New Orleans, 2012
And a plug for Mickey himself: “I am doing my Wednesday night solo gig at Mulligan’s (1801 Newburg Road, phone # 632-2818) from 7-10 p.m. and Friday I am with my band, Mickey Clark & The Blue Norther at Fiesta Mexicana (4507 Bardstown Road, 491-2922), from 6:30-9:30 p.m.. Friday we have a very special guest that will be sitting in with us, fiddle phenom Michael Cleveland who is this year’s SPBGMA Fiddle Performer of the Year. I will be doing the new BNO but you might mention also that I will not be selling a CD of the song, as I use player’s names and do not want to cause any kind of NCAA violation were I to sell them. I have done this to cheer them on!”