Travelogue USA , NY-TX

Fred Hembeck and Lefty Brown

travelogueTravelogue USA, NY-TX has a backstory.

From my post way back on June 29, 2005: “Fred [Hembeck] was involved with a bunch of folks, most of them interested in comic books, who did a bloggers’ exchange of mixed CDs, initiated by Chris ‘Lefty’ Brown. As I wasn’t blogging at the time, I couldn’t participate. But now that I am posting fairly regularly [that is to say, at least daily], I got to give it a go in the second round with these very diverse folks (May 23).

“I decided to use the first of my American Travelogue discs, but I made a few changes.” You can read the rationale in the post and also my non-review of my own CD here.

US: American Roulette – Robbie Robertson
NY: New York, New YorkRyan Adams                                                                     NJ:  Atlantic City – The Band                                                                                            PA:  Allentown – Billy Joel

MD:  Baltimore – Peter Case
DC:  The Bourgeois Blues – Taj Mahal.
VA:  Oh, Virginia – Blessed Union of Souls


NC:  Take The Train To Charlotte – Fiddlin’ John Carson. This is the title of the post I wrote on February 2, 2011, when I went to see my mother. I did not know that would be the day she died.
SC:  Darlington County – Bruce Springsteen
GA:  Oh, Atlanta – Alison Krauss
FL: Gator On The Lawn – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

AL:  Alabamy Home – the Gotham Stompers
MS:  The Jazz Fiddler – the Mississippi Sheiks
LA:  Down at the Twist and Shout – Mary Chapin Carpenter
TX:  That’s Right (You’re Not from Texas) – Lyle Lovett
US:  American Honky Tonk Bar Association – Garth Brooks, the one song I had my doubts about. I could have and probably should have used U.S. Blues – Harshed Mallows

I ended up making a few dozen of these mixed CDs, either just for Fred or for the blogger collective. And I have a bunch from Fred, Lefty Brown, and several others, even Greg Burgas, which I plan to play in the next few months. Some of the ones I made I’ll recreate here over time, but in no particular order.

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

2 thoughts on “Travelogue USA , NY-TX”

  1. Roger, I have to weigh in here: first of all – great choices! Down at the Twist & Shout by Mary Chapin Carpenter was actually named for a now deceased music venue in Bethesda, MD ttps://

    Of course, it featured Cajun music. Also, the FAR SUPERIOR version of Oh Atlanta (IMHO) is done by Little Feat, and it is a great song.

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