Today marks twenty-two years since Jo Dee Messina‘s debut hit single “Heads Carolina, Tails California” traveled into our lives through radio waves. To celebrate the official anniversary of the day country music received the edgy, outside the box artist who has influenced many of today’s younger artists, we have compiled a list of some of our favorite songs that include cities, states, and the roads between in the titles.
In alphabetical order by artist first name:
Collin Raye “Little Rock”
A sad story about a man who lost everything due to substance abuse, “Little Rock” explains the difficulties of starting over when the world has been turned upside down. The man who Collin Raye portrays in the song moves to Arkansas to begin again after he realizes that his addiction cost him his relationship.
Faith Hill “Let’s Go to Vegas”
In a fun, upbeat tune, Faith Hill encourages her other half to throw inhibition out the window and jetset to Las Vegas with her to “kiss the single life goodbye”. To the man on the receiving end of this song, if you didn’t go, you certainly would have shocked those placing bets on the outcome.
Garth Brooks “Callin’ Baton Rouge”
In Garth Brooks’ favorite song to perform live, the country music megastar sings about a love he often has to leave behind in Louisiana to head back out on the road. However, that doesn’t keep him from “stopping every hundred miles” and “callin’ Baton Rouge”.
George Strait “I Can Still Make Cheyenne”
The George Strait song about a rodeo cowboy teaches us about the sad reality of a life on the road. As the cowboy calls home to check in with his love, he soon comes to find out that she is leaving him for another man, forcing him to rethink his decision to quit his rodeo life and continue on to Cheyenne.
Jo Dee Messina “Heads Carolina, Tails California”
Twenty-two years later, “Heads Carolina, Tails California” still makes us all think we can change our lives with a single flip of a coin, as long as someone special is ready to make the move with us. Jo Dee Messina throws caution to the wind and encourages the man she loves to escape their troubles and find brand new scenery.
Lee Ann Womack “Little Past Little Rock”
Leaving a relationship is never easy, so Lee Ann Womack does the least painful thing she can think of in “Little Past Little Rock”, and that’s get in the car and hit the gas. Taking off from Dallas and fleeing from the past, Lee Ann is a little past the capital of Arkansas, but still holding on to the feelings she hopes would have been left at the Texas border.
Pam Tillis “Maybe It Was Memphis”
This Pam Tillis song has had quite the shelf life, giving everybody hope that the spontaneous romance between Pam and the object of her affection didn’t end in Memphis. In fact, the songwriter, Michael Anderson, purposely left it open-ended, stating that he didn’t want the story to end.
Reba McEntire “Whoever’s In New England”
Reba McEntire has made adultery songs a solid part of her career, and “Whoever’s In New England” is no exception. The song is sung from the perspective of the woman left behind, hoping and praying that her husband is handling booming business, rather than proving that her worst fears are coming true.
Zac Brown Band “Highway 20 Ride”
This heartbreaking Zac Brown Band song gives a glimpse of the struggles of a joint custody situation and a father who has to make a trek every other weekend to spend time with his child. Recognizing the importance of not punishing the child for the parents’ mistakes, Zac Brown croons about his willingness to spend entire days on these drives, simply to hold his son in his arms.
This list could go on forever, considering the hundreds we didn’t name here and tossed around amongst our team. What is your favorite “location” song? If you’re stuck between two, you can always take a page out of the anniversary girl’s book and flip a coin to decide!