Geography Part 2: Cities & Towns in the U.S.A.

citiesAfter focusing on states two weeks ago, I decided to do my second installment of the geography theme. This time I honed in on songs that use city/town references in the titles and lyrics — specifically those located in our own country. I had enough songs worth playing that I was able to go beyond my normal 1-hour time allotment, extending the show an extra 15 minutes or so. Sometime in the near future we’ll get to explore Part III of this topic, which will be international locations. (So please email me at if you have any ideas.) Now let’s travel together through a full map of cities and towns!

  1. Brackett, Wi – Bon Iver
  2. Shasta (Carrie’s Song) – Vienna Teng [suggested by John Seligman]
  3. New York, New York – Frank Sinatra [suggested by Mr. Russ Otte]
  4. New York New York – Snoop Dogg
  5. Chicago – Sufjan Stevens [suggested by Mark Mezadourian and Sarah Kowalski]
  6. Twilight in Boston – Jonathan Richman [suggested by Claire Robbins]
  7. Tupelo Honey – Cassandra Wilson [suggested by Jessica McFarland Walton (for Van Morrison version) and Toni Dileo]
  8. Coney Island, USA – Amy Correia [artist suggested by Carrie Bader, for “Chinatown” song]
  9. Omaha – Counting Crows [suggested by Jessica Mongolo & Krista Kuhlman]
  10. Come Back From San Francisco – The Magnetic Field
  11. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans – Louis Armstrong [suggested by Michael Barth]
  12. Anchorage (Unplugged) – Michelle Shocked [suggested by Nikki Thommen Bingham]
  13. China Grove – The Doobie Brothers [suggested by Ben Hudson]
  14. I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City – Sinéad O’Connor [suggested by Stuart Finkel]
  15. Twin Falls – Built to Spill [suggested by Sarah Kowalski]
  16. Hollywood – Kasey Chambers [suggested by John Seligman]
  17. Cape Canaveral – Conor Oberst
  18. Graceland – Paul Simon
  19. I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash [suggested by Derek Keevil]

Originally aired on KSKQ on September 4, 2009. Select the triangle play button below to listen to the recorded show. (If the link isn’t visible, click on the show title at the top to refresh the page.)

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