Saturday Songs: Rural-Urban Medley, Part One

stills from “Over and Over Again”

After Rachel Reynolds Luster’s article “Hick Hop: What What?” there was a very lively discussion on our Facebook page about other songs that cross the rural-urban line. Today we’ll feature a few of these–please feel free to share more suggestions on our Facebook page. We’ll be returning to this list soon.

Nelly & Tim McGraw – “Over and Over Again,” with apologies for the obnoxious commercial preceding the video:

Hank Snow – “I’ve Been Everywhere.” Thanks to Lisa Higgins from the Missouri Folk Arts Program for the suggestion:

Kenny Rogers – “The Gambler,” remixed by Wyclef Jean and Pharoahe Monch:

Many thanks to Arkansas State Folklorist Mike Luster for a number of wonderful suggestions and for adding some historical context to our search (see his comments on our Facebook page). Here’s the first of his: Al Green’s cover of Hank Williams’s “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry:”