This is the first instalment of my new look weekly selection of tunes for a Sunday.
When I was listening to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes the other week I got to thinking why do so many songs reference individual American states?
There just isn’t the same emotion about UK counties; could you imagine a song called Midnight Train to Gloucestershire or Sweet Home Anglesey!
Me neither, so I thought I’d attempt to put together a playlist over the coming weeks of songs about individual states in the USA.
I hope you enjoy my selection and would love to hear your suggestions for alternatives or indeed your comments if any of the states mentioned hold particular memories for you.
Starting with the North West I wonder what it’s like When It’s Springtime In Alaska (Forty Below)
Before we head on to mainland America I’d best not forget the pacific islands off the west coast and what better tune than those Californian Beach Boys and Hawaii.
Let’s start our mainland journey with The Train From Washington, but I accept this is probably not referring to the state but the city in D.C. but humour me please as the alternative was Kenny Rogers, unless you’ve got a better suggestion!
As we head on down the coast we’re ‘bang on’ with Portland, Oregon. We won’t stop off for a coffee before we move on to the sunshine state, where there’s so many to choose from: Led Zep, RHCP, The Beach Boys again or even Phantom Planet.
Let’s have something different, from “everyone’s” favourite guitarist and my favourite vocalist, they’ve been there and now Slash and Myles Kennedy are Back From Cali.
We can either head inland across the desert to Nevada or south east to Arizona; well I’ve never been to Arizona so let’s drop in on the Followill’s who also seem to be a long way from their home state.
Can’t avoid Nevada so we’ll head north up to the bright lights of Vegas and then on to my Private Idaho.
We’ll rest a while in the next state and enjoy the wide open spaces and Wild Montana Skies before we head south next week.