Knoxville, Tennessee

“Growing up in the American South, I had an ambivalent relationship to my hometown. Knoxville Tennessee had natural beauty, mountains, and a small-town feel, but a lot of people just knew it as an interchange on the highway.

In this episode of American Highways, pianist Guy Livingston brings us his bittersweet memories of Knoxville (crossroads to the new south), and speaks of nostalgia, travel, and running away in search of perspective.  

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Playlist for AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #04: Knoxville, Tennessee

knoxvillemapTheme Music : Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984) First Movement (Fast). Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams. Nonesuch Records 79101.

Mark Knopfler 1. Daddy’s Gone to Knoxville (2002). Mark Knopfler Band Mercury 063 292-1

Sam Amidon 2. Blue Mountains (2014). Sam Amidon Nonesuch 543642-1

Jennifer Markey 3. Knoxville (2010) Jennifer Markey CD Baby 664241024494

Johnny Cash 4. I’ve Been Everywhere Johnny Cash Island Records B0005288-02

Drew Gibson 5. Knoxville (2011) Drew Gibson Cragmont Records 678277198821

vintage radio

Johnny Hallyday 6. Quelque chose de Tennessee (1985) Johnny Hallyday Philips 884 308-7

The Benjamin Boone Quartet 7. Sissy’s Strut (2010) The Benjamin Boone Quartet 5/8 Records-Vester Music 884501292887

The Dirty Guv’nahs 8. Baby We Were Young (2010) The Dirty Guv’nahs Summertown Records Digital Release (ASIN: B003XD77UC)

Samuel Barber. 9. Knoxville, Summer of 1915 Roberta Alexander, sopraan. Edo de Waart, dirigent. Nederlands Filharmonisch Orkest. Etcetera 8711525114500

Louis Armstrong 10. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South (1957) Louis Armstrong and his orchestra. RCA Victor EPA-5000


center city

knoxville with snow



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