As we’ve written before, music has a special ability to transport us to a time or a place. Turn on a specific song and we’re suddenly post-Homecoming Dance twirling around Scout’s kitchen or in Zelda’s old Volvo driving to one of many quick recall matches in the cold midwinter. The South in particular has a long musical tradition, from spirituals to blues to jazz to Dixieland and the modern Americana Renaissance. We asked some good Southern folks living in NYC to tell us which songs remind them of home. This is what they said.
Cowboy Take Me Away: Dixie Chicks – Jennifer Harlan, from Louisville, Kentucky
Carolina in My Mind: James Taylor – Sarah Sheppard, from Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Deep in the Heart of Texas: Perry Como – Stephanie Walker, from Austin, Texas and Courtney Towner, from Amarillo, Texas.
Let’s Stay Together: Al Green – Candace Bryan, from Memphis, Tennessee
The Temptation of Adam: Josh Ritter – Katie Beth White, from Louisville, Kentucky
Clair de Lune: Claude Debussy – Kendra Ralston, from Louisville, Kentucky
Moonshine Lullaby: Irving Berlin – Kelsey Goldman, from Louisville, Kentucky
Wagon Wheel: Old Crow Medicine Show – Patrick Cox, from Lebanon, Kentucky
Maybe It Was Memphis: Pam Tillis – Mary Lane Haskell, from Oxford, Mississippi
Neon Moon: George Strait – John Corrales, from Odessa, Texas
Stay A Little Longer: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys – from Amy Charnock, Webster, Texas
Boat Drinks: Jimmy Buffett – Katie Warden, from Deland, Florida
3rd Planet: Modest Mouse – Katie Levy, from Louisville, Kentucky
Bury Me With My Car: Ben Sollee – Luke, from Sevierville, Tennessee
Georgia on My Mind: Ray Charles – Joanna Futral, from Atlanta, Georgia
They All Ask’d for You: The Meters – Caroline Bologna, from New Orleans, Louisiana
Chicken Fried: Zac Brown Band – Anita Badejo, from Mountain Home, Arkansas
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