A Global Army of Veteran Rockers
An admittedly low brow idea, but I have always wanted to put together a collection of songs that feature each one of the 50 states. I can come up with the simple states (Neil Young–Alabama), but nothing springs to mind that says for instance, Delaware. So help me–-the State reference can be in the name of the band, the song title, or even a passing lyric. (However, please spare me [and the rest of us] the reference in Michael Martin Murphy’s Wildflower where he mentions a “cold Nebraska night . . .” or any other song in that zip code. I am not that desperate to fulfill this low brow idea--if I have to go there.)
Dig into those catalogs and post those songs....(for your easy reference here is a list of all 50 states: Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming).
Let’s rock again.
Just pick a song by George Thorogood and the DELAWARE Destroyers
I think Dada (the guys who had the 1 hit wonder tune Diz Knee Land) might be from down there, since I saw years later they were playing in a bar in Lewes, DE (where the ferry from Cape May NJ comes in)...and I figured those guys would only be getting gigs in their home town by that time frame (?)
Googe/You Tube the skit from the recent SNL where the host was the Harry-Potter-kid (my daughter's big crush)....they had a funny skit about "Delaware Fellas" a poor mans "Jersey Boys"
Stan I predict you'll finish this project way before Sufjan Stevens completes his ALBUM for every state project....which was ridiculous but has definitely yielded a couple of excellent albums so far.
Yup. Good call.
My current "home" state--Texas. Lonnie Brooks..."Texas Flood".
That's Tennessee and Ohio.
Steve Earle-Ft. Worth Blues (Colorado)
Tennessee Plates--John Hiatt
I never tried to finish my project, but I've got a "States" playlist with 39 tracks:
Neil Young - Alabama
Michelle Shocked - Anchorage
Hotel Arizona - Wilco
Superchunk - Florida's on Fire
Mountain Goats - Going to Georgia
B-52's - Private Idaho
Sufjan Stevens - Come On! Feel the Illinoise!
Randy Newman - Old Kentucky Home
Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty - Louisianna Woman, Mississippi Man
Bee Gees - Massachusetts
Low - Missouri
The Montanas - That's When Happiness Begins
Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
Willard Grant Conspiracy - Christmas in Nevada
Sex Pistols - New York
Sun Kil Moon - Carry Me Ohio
The Vertebrats - Oklahoma
Loretta Lynn & Jack White - Portland, Oregon
Everclear - Pennsylvania Is . . .
Silver Jews - Tennessee
Damien Jurado - Texas to Ohio
Magnetic Fields - Long Vermont Roads
The V-Roys - Virginia Way/Shenandoah Breakdown
The Windbreakers - The Girl From Washington
The Lucksmiths - Wyoming
The Raconteurs - (South) Carolina Drama
The Softies - Holiday in Rhode Island
Punkestra - Connecticut Fun
John K. Samson - Maryland Bridge
Red House Painters - Michigan
Marlena Shaw - California Soul
Kincaid - Super Hawaii
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils - Colorado Song
Jill Sobule - Somewhere in New Mexico
Jackson 5 - Going Back to Indiana
John Linnell - West Virginia
The Phoids - Iowa
Mountain Goats - Minnesota
Wolf Colonel - From Wisconsin
Incidentally, I think John Linnell (of They Might Be Giants) did an album of State songs.
Let's start with the hard one. Here's your "Delaware" song, from the first George Thorogood album ...
And hey, since we're talking small states, might as well take two. This one's from Ike & Tina Turner:
after reading the fine print...
Nothing like a song about a spree killer to bring the Warm and Fuzzies to my Home State...thanks Bruce!