This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to take over the column. He's been here each week ever since delighting us with his astonishing grasp of just about everything musical, his humor and sense of fun. You can read Peter's bio here and find links to all his columns here.
Continuing our musical sojourn through the States, we're just finishing off the "new" states and venturing on, north and south.
For that state's song I turn to HANK WILLIAMS JNR.
It seems from the song that Hank got lucky in Clovis, New Mexico.
Now, to select one of those. I've chosen, not quite at random, JENNIFER WARNES.
The song, Big Noise, New York, was written by Marcelle Clements and Donald Fagen and it certainly sounds like a Steely Dan tune. That sort of thing is okay in small doses.
"THE BLIND CORN LIQUOR PICKERS, like the moonlight-brewed intoxicant for which they are named, play a variety of bluegrass whose origins are difficult to ascertain.
“As corn liquor flows through an old car radiator, old-time traditions mix with modern methods in ways that can be unsettling, inspiring, euphoric or blindness-inducing.
“It's bluegrass that burns going down, warms your gut, and then hits your head like a thunderbolt of white lightning."
The song they perform is called North Carolina. This was the only tune in my collection with that state's name in the title, so it got the nod.
Fortunately for me he writes and sings about other places as well. Indeed, his was the only song I found that mentions North Dakota. That also is the name of the song.
We don't have an old singer though – well, not one from that period but she is nearly one of us. Here is KIM RICHEY.
This is taken from an album called "The Beautiful Old Turn-of-the-Century Songs" where current artists interpret songs from back then. It really is a nice album.
Kim's song is Beautiful Ohio.
Tom is noted for his topical songs but he wrote in many different genres. I don't know how you'd categorise this one, My Oklahoma Lullaby. Probably just an observational song.
That's probably not unusual for successful performers (and a bunch of unsuccessful ones as well).
He continued this while at college but his plans were interrupted by a stint in the military (as they paid for his tuition). After that he returned to music and has released a bunch of albums.
From his biggest selling album, “Soul's Core,” we have Twin Rocks, Oregon. It may be the only song ever to mention the writer Richard Brautigan.
It's one from my childhood and was a favorite of my sister at the time and she went around singing (an approximation of) it all the time one year. The performer (besides her) is GUY MITCHELL.
As we're up to Pennsylvania, most of us know I'm talking about Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The song really is about a chook but the state is mentioned in the title so that's good enough for me. That song is Sweet Rhode Island Red.
Okay, the song is just about Carolina – there are no songs that specifically mention South Carolina. However, the official song of the state is just called Carolina, so if it's good enough for them it's good enough for me.
There are many songs that reference Carolina but Kate's was really mellow and I think that's what was needed after Tina. Her song is Carolina Pines.
More states in two weeks' time.