Wednesday, July 4, 2007

United States of Americana

Happy Fourth of July...for your patriotic consumption, a list of songs that feature a state in their name or a lyric. Let's see if, among us, we can fill them all in. Bonus points for digging deeper. And try not to repeat but I think it's an inevitability:

Alabama - Neil Young, "Alabama"
Alaska - Soundgarden, "Outshined"
Arizona - Wilco, "Hotel Arizona"
Arkansas - The Avett Brothers, "Salina"
California - Led Zeppelin, "Going to California"
Colorado - Bob Dylan's version of "Man of Constant Sorrow"
Connecticut -
Delaware -
Florida - Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Walls of Raiford"
Georgia - Iron & Wine, "Sodom, South Georgia"
Hawaii -
Idaho - Josh Ritter, "Idaho"
Illinois - Sufjan Stevens, "Come On! Feel The Illinoise!"
Indiana - R. Dean Taylor, "Indiana Wants Me"
Iowa -
Kansas - Drive-By Truckers, "Tornadoes"
Kentucky - Ryan Adams, "Oh My Sweet Carolina"
Lousiana -
Maine -
Maryland - Avett Brothers, "Pretty Girl from Annapolis"
Massachusetts - The Bee Gees, "Massachusetts"
Michigan - Tom Waits, "Gun Street Girl"
Minnesota -
Mississippi - Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, "Lousiana Woman, Mississippi Man"
Missouri -
Montana - Manic Street Preachers, "Montana/Autumn/78"
Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen, "Nebraska"
Nevada - The Jaywaks, "Nevada, California"
New Hampshire - Bob Dylan, "Tangled Up In Blue"
New Jersey - Red House Painters, "New Jersey"
New Mexico - Neil Young, "Albuquerque"
New York - R.E.M., "Leaving New York"
North Carolina - Whiskeytown, "New York Angel"
North Dakota -
Ohio - Sun Kil Moon, "Carry Me Ohio"
Oklahoma - Whiskeytown, "Oklahoma"
Oregon - Brian Holbrook, "Hands To Work"
Pennsylvania -
Rhode Island -
South Carolina - Gram Parsons, "Hickory Wind"
South Dakota - Bruce Springsteen, "Badlands"
Tennessee - Old Crow Medicine Show, "Wagon Wheel"
Texas - George Strait, "All My Exes Live in Texas"
Utah - Grateful Dead, "Operator"
Vermont -
Virginia - The Everybodyfields, "So Good To Be Home"
Washington -
West Virginia - John Denver, "Country Roads"
Wisconsin -
Wyoming - Avett Brothers, "Traveling Song"

Thanks to the folks at for helping flesh this list out. What've ya got?


Drew said...

New Mexico: Neil Young - Albuquerque

Drew said...

Wyoming: Avett Brothers - Travelin Song

Drew said...

KANSAS (not Arkansas): Avett Brothers - Salina

Arkansas - Steve Earle: Ben McCullogh

Drew said...

South Dakota - Bruce Springsteen, "Badlands"

Drew said...

New Hampshire - Bob Dylan, "Tangled Up in Blue"

Drew said...

Okay, so "Great North Woods" can technically also be applied to Maine as well.

Drew said...

"Tangled up in blue" also mentions Louisiana. Durr.

Drew said...

Maryland - Avett Brothers, "Pretty Girl from Annapolis"

George said...

"KANSAS (not Arkansas): Avett Brothers - Salina"

Actually, I thought this too...but I talked to some guy online who asked one of the Bros themselves...and apparently it is Arkansas, but they say "Ar-Kansas" as some sort of inside joke.

I always thought it was "Aw, Kansas." But I dunno. So says this guy.

Unknown said...

You already have Michigan, but I still just want to add Lefty Frizzell's "Saginaw, Michigan" because I love it so much.

feilfs01 said...

Saves The Day does a rock/punk-esque song called "Hot Times In Deleware" thats about the only one I can think of about Delware...kind boring state if you ask me...

dianne727 said...

Carly Simon - Wives are in Connecticut
The Strokes - Hawaii
Dar Williams - Iowa
Randy Newman - Louisiana 1927
They Might Be Giants - Maine
Green Day - Minnesota Girl
Bob Dylan - Shenandoah (Missouri)
Lyle Lovett - North Dakota
Everclear - Pennsylvania Is...
The Eagles - The Last Resort (RI)
Shawn Mullins - Salt Lake City 1973
Kenny Rogers - My Washington Woman
Violent Femmes - Viva Wisconsin