Monday, 21 March 2011

State Songs #23: Michigan

You thought I'd given up? I'm making no promises as to when this journey will end but, at last, I'm back on my musical journey around the United States.

Before the tunes, one great piece of trivia about the Great Lake State. Did you know that Michigan is home to the self-proclaimed "magic capital of the world"? That's Colon, Michigan, the world's largest manufacturer of magic supplies. Me neither.

Right, let's get to it.

MP3: Sufjan Stevens - Say Yes! to M!ch!gan!

It would have been silly to have a Michigan post without a track from Sufjan's album about his home state. I'm still disappointed that his own musical trip round America foundered after just two states.
Buy Greetings from Michigan at Amazon

MP3: Josh Rouse - Michigan

I've grown a bit tired of Josh Rouse in recent years; he just hasn't released anything particularly exciting. This is from a disc simply called Rarities that comes with the DVD The Smooth Sounds of Josh Rouse.
Buy The Smooth Sounds of Josh Rouse at Amazon

MP3: Bobby Bare - Detroit City

A Grammy-winning bona fide country classic, the lyrics of which suggest the Motor City just wasn't the place for poor Bobby.
Buy The Essential Bobby Bare at Amazon

MP3: Lefty Frizzell - Saginaw, Michigan

The song mis-situates the city on Saginaw Bay, about 15 miles to the north. It's another classic and in 1964 reached number one in the country charts.
Buy Leftty Frizzell - That's the Way Life Goes at Amazon

As always, tell me what you think of the selections and let me know what I've left off the list. Hopefully the next instalment won't take 12 months to arrive!

Neighbouring States
State Songs #15: Indiana

The Journey So Far
State Songs - links to every post on this musical road trip


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