Creator: Stephen Kertis
Occupation: Video Producer
Theme: State Songs
Title: State by State by Kertis
At one point I was traveling by car from Kentucky to New Orleans and tried to make a series of mix tapes that would be correlate to each state we were traveling through. Alabama was impossible, but I was able to hit a zydeco track when we rolled into NOLA. That is not exactly a track about Louisiana but, I feel like that is fairly close to success.
All songs on this mix include a state name. I actually had assembled about 30 songs, but 15 of them either sucked ass, or didn't fit exactly. I was going to weed it down to 13 tracks about the first 13 colonies, but that didn't seem to fit either . . . so what you get is 15 songs about states. During the search through my collection I found more songs about Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee than any other states. Which kind of makes sense. I could have probably done a whole Beach Boys mix about California, but that seems like cheating.
There are two tracks by Stufjan Stevens, but that makes sense since he makes albums dedicated to states.
Also, it seems like John Darnielle does a lot of "Going to ____" songs. Most them are about strife or hating/loving/hating someone. So that works out well.
Here is the mix. Enjoy.
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Song - Artist
1) Tennessee - Silver Jews
2) Portland Oregon - Loretta Lynn & Jack White
3) Look At Miss Ohio - Gillian Welch
4) California Über Alles - Dead Kennedys
5) Washington Blues - Elizabeth Cotten
6) Say Yes! To M!ch!gan! - Sufjan Stevens
7) Going To Michigan - The Extra Glenns
8) Colorado Girl - Townes Van Zandt
9) Banks Of The Arkansas - Lucero
10) Going To Georgia - The Mountain Goats
11) Kentucky Bootlegger - New Lost City Ramblers
12) Louisiana 1927 - Randy Newman
13) Virginia Avenue - Tom Waits
14) Come on! Feel the Illinoise! - Sufjan Stevens
15) Mississippi - Bob Dylan