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... does that John Denver song about West Virginia specifically? The song title doesn't reveal anything.
Sonic Youth gets a third song in our tour...
CHAPEL HILL - from 1992's Dirty album, for North Carolina
For Kentucky, I would go with "Kentucky Rain" by Elvis.
There are a bunch more Kentucky songs here: http://www.settingthewoodsonfire.com/2008/07/man-in-kentucky-sure-is-lucky.html
Michelle Shocked's Anchorage talks about Alaska
For Tennessee there's "Sequestered in Memphis" by The Hold Steady.
For my great state of Pennsylvania, I'd suggest "Amish Paradise" I guess? Or Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom".
I also always thought New York, New York by the Chairman was a showtune? That's of course an obvious choice. If I could manage a whole 50 state list with nothing but quirky indie rock that would be amazing.
Without looking at the link to the Kentucky list, I just thought of
NEIL DIAMOND - KENTUCKY WOMAN
written and recorded by the artist, nonetheless
I should point out that I'm trying to pick songs I actually enjoy listening to. Although I found some very recent entries to my iTunes from mp3 blogs that I'm just beginning to take in (aka Damien Jurardo - Arkansas)
New York's should be New York State of Mind by Billy Joel or New York, New York by Frankie S.
As for California, You could use California Dreamin' (the mamas and the papas), California Man (Cheap Trick) or California Girls (beach boys).
California could also be: Joni Mitchell's California or more recently Joanna Newsom's In California
Oh, Jonah. To represent my home state, you chose a song about That City at the Wrong End of I-45? You break my heart.
Especially when you could have gone with any of these…
Glen Campbell, “Galveston”
Waylon Jennings, “Luckenbach, Texas”
Lyle Lovett, “That’s Right (You’re Not from Texas)”
Marty Robbins, “El Paso”
Jimmie Rodgers, “T for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1)”
Bob Wills, “San Antonio Rose”
ZZ Top, “La Grange”
For Colorado, "Rocky Mountain High", unless we've already exceeded our quota of John Denver songs. :)
For Nevada, you could pick "Leaving Las Vegas" by Sheryl Crow.
Here's an oddball choice for Nebraska...Richard Marx's "Hazard"
For Georgia, "The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia"
by Reba McEntire, or "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by Charlie Daniels.
Grizzly Bear have a song called Colorado on the Yellow House LP.
Just found Stephen Malkmus' latest album in the library...
There's a song called
which takes care of Maryland!