We leave John Denver and those Wild Montana Skies and come south with him and Song of Wyoming (some great pictures of the wilderness in the video).
Not many songs that include our next state in the title but I found this song from Marty Robbins about a cowboy: Utah Carol
Townes Van Zandt is leaving his home state and coming up to Denver: the Mile High City to search for his Colorado Girl.
As we head south we’re still in the ‘mountain states’ with Iron and Wine’s New Mexico’s No Breeze.
Not surprisingly the ‘biggest state in the union’; aghh Texas isn’t the biggest state in the union, that accolade goes to our first stop off: Alaska, thanks for your post last week Ali that confirmed that Anchorage is in the biggest state in the union, well there you go posting on The Spill is educational. It doesn’t stop it having it’s fair share of songs sung about it and a great number of musicians were born there (Townes for one). Townes’ good friend and fellow Texan Guy Clark sings about Texas Cookin’.
Need to head north again and our next stop off is Oklahoma, which supposedly has one of the highest incidences of tornado strikes each year so not surprising Bruce’s Oklahoma Home has been blown away!
Perhaps that tornado has lifted his house up and dropped it in the neighbouring state of Kansas, anyone want a pair of red shoes? Something a bit different now from The Shangri-Las and The Train From Kansas City.
There’s only one place that train is going and that’s Nebraska, Bruce did a whole album but we’ve already had one from Bruce so how about another of Townes and Guy’s friends: Steve Earle singing the title track from that album.
There’s been lots of ‘country style’ music across these states so let’s have something a bit different from the Bee Gees as we arrive for a South Dakota Morning.
We finish this leg of our trip across the USA in North Dakota with another country singer Lyle Lovett.
That’s been a very country oriented playlist this week; next week’s going to be very different with some metal and early American punk and we might even reach Tennessee.