Soundtrack for Trip #10: Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama

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Assembling the playlist was so much fun because our theme for this trip was Civil Rights and American Music. I felt this trip was a golden opportunity to introduce my kids to Elvis Presley and learn about the roots of Rock and Roll which by the way is rooted in Gospel and Country music. I had no idea until we hit Stax Records in Memphis where we also learned about Rhythm and Blues and it’s evolution into Soul music. Listening to legendary blues artist B.B King and country music queen Dolly Parton brought to life the scenery and social scenes that we witnessed out on the road that inspired their songwriting and music. We also discovered other regional faves like Zydeco and Bluegrass that are uniquely American. Here’s our list that will get you tapping your toes …

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“All Shook Up” Elvis Presley
“Blue Suede Shoes” Elvis Presley
“Burning Love” Elvis Presley
“Jailhouse Rock” Elvis Presley
“Born Country” Alabama
“Hey Mr. Cotton Picker” Tennessee Ernie Ford
“Arkansas Traveler” Bluegrass Banjo
“Let The Good Times Roll” B.B. King
“Bayou Swing” Zydeco Allstars
“Sweet Home Alabama” Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Mississippi Girl” Faith Hill
“Tennessee Homesick Blues” Dolly Parton
“Travelin Prayer” Dolly Parton
“Dixie” The Frosty Mountain Boys
“Lonesome Wind Blues” Rhonda Vincent
“American Pie” Don McLean
“Backwater Blues” B.B. King
“Respect” Aretha Franklin

 

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