No, but I do seem to have picked up a hitch-hiker who seems determined to send me on an alternate route:
This is the way DarceysDad wants to send me across the great USA:
Richmond Fontaine – Laramie, Wyoming, which is a beautifully sad tale with a simple acoustic guitar tune.
Moving on, Utah is, amongst other things, the home of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, i.e. the Mormons. So let’s get some 70s cheesy-[grin]-rock with those toothy family smilers, The Osmonds – Crazy Horses.
Any mention of the late Warren Zevon yet? From Colerado, we can have Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead, which is rather more upbeat than the excellent film of the same name.
I’m going to cheat with New Mexico in order to vary the sounds nominated; let’s have Jah Wobble – New Mexico Dub.
Ah, Texas. All those jokes and clichés about its size. OK, I’ll use that as an excuse to justify two songs instead of one, both – unusually – attempting some infusion of self-deprecating humour.
Lyle Lovett – That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas) and, from the Tarantino/Rodriguez flick From Dusk Till Dawn Jon Wayne – Texas Funeral.
I have an ace rocker as a counter to Broooce: The Deep Vibration – Oklahoma City Woman Blues.
Can I be forgiven just a little border-blurring in order to shoehorn in a double-scorer?
Kansas – Cheyenne Anthem. After all, the original native Americans had no such formal borders, so the Cheyenne certainly had much of Kansas in their territory.
Up into Nebraska now, whose largest city is sung about by another DsD fave: Damian Jurado – Omaha
Typing ‘Dakota’ into my music collection as a wordsearch is a nightmare because of all the Dakota Suite I own, none of which is relevant in this context.
So for the more southern of the two states, let’s have:
Buffy Sainte-Marie – Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee but for the northern version< I’m really struggling (and have to go out in a minute), so let’s stretch a coincidental name to breaking point: Bruce Springsteen – Badlands.
This collaboration was brought to you by Darceysbeenleftbehind Productions and is a repost of DsD’s comment on Wyoming to The Dakotas.