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Memory Tapes: From Nashville To New Orleans

Ashley Team Laverne

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Every now and then we get a Memory Tape submitted to us that is so huge, it can do nothing but inspire awe. And copious amounts of jealousy. Today’s Memory Taper is Nev Tabb in Cornwall and he and his best mate went and travelled on some of the most famous musical roads in history. They were living the dream for all of us! If you fancy sending in your Memory Tapes, then please drop us an email: lauren.6music@bbc.co.uk. That’s what Nev did, and here he is to tell all:

Here's my submission for your always fantastic Memory Tapes feature. It's not a great tear-jerker of a story, I’m afraid, but I reckon the music's half decent.

Not long after starting secondary school down here in mid-Cornwall, a new kid arrived from far away Surrey and I was given the job of showing him around his new school for a few days. Nearly thirty years later, Doug and I are still the best of friends and when our 40th birthdays started to loom large on the horizon, we decided that we needed to do something to commemorate the occasion.

As music has always played a large part in our friendship whether it be listening to each other's newly discovered records, attending gigs and festivals or even inflicting our own songs on an unsuspecting public with our first band, Crazy Chester, the idea of going to a gig soon became a focal point of our planning. This idea soon developed into a gig abroad, possibly in America which then became a festival and finally a kind of music related road-trip. 

The final itinerary saw us flying into Nashville then driving to Memphis via Muscle Shoals then driving down through Mississippi to New Orleans. It was a music nerd's dream as we toured studios, museums, venues and countless other historical sites. Nearly every night of our 10 day trip involved live music of some kind including the Beale Street Festival down by the Mississippi river in down-town Memphis.

Naturally, I just had to put together a personalised soundtrack to our road-trip and one of the few advantages of being a sad, single 39 year old music geek is that I had the time & record collection to put together the mother of all mix-tapes. 

Seven individually themed discs built from songs with some sort of (occasionally tenuous) connection to the city/region with one disc devoted entirely to Elvis related stuff for our trip to Graceland:

From Nashville To New Orleans

NASHVILLE

I'VE BEEN EVERYWHERE - JOHNNY CASH

FEELS LIKE RAIN - JOHN HIATT

THE ONE I LOVE - R.E.M.

STUCK INSIDE OF MOBILE WITH THE MEMPHIS BLUES AGAIN - BOB DYLAN

EVERYONE'S IN LOVE WITH YOU - STEVE EARLE

IN DREAMS - ROY ORBISON

SHAKEDOWN ON 9TH STREET - RYAN ADAMS

BOX FULL OF LETTERS - WILCO

WAYFARING STRANGER - EMMYLOU HARRIS

LONELY BOY - THE BLACK KEYS

IT CAN'T BE NASHVILLE EVERY NIGHT - THE TRAGICALLY HIP

JOLENE - DOLLY PARTON

I BURN TODAY - FRANK BLACK

SIXTEEN SALTINES - JACK WHITE

YOU'RE STILL ON MY MIND - THE BYRDS

ANGEL DANCE - ROBERT PLANT

CAN'T LET GO - LUCINDA WILLIAMS

STRINGS OF NASHVILLE - PAVEMENT

MUSCLE SHOALS

BORN TO BE WILD - WILSON PICKETT

SWEET HOME ALABAMA - LYNYRD SKYNYRD

WILD HORSES - THE ROLLING STONES

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH - CHER

ALABAMA PINES - JASON ISBELL

SLIP AWAY - CLARENCE CARTER

LOAN ME A DIME - BOZ SCAGGS

TELL MAMA - ETTA JAMES

I WALK ON GUILDED SPLINTERS - JOHNNY JENKINS

EVERLASTING LIGHT - THE BLACK KEYS

SHE THINKS I STILL CARE - LOU JOHNSON

I'LL TAKE YOU THERE - THE STAPLE SINGERS

I NEVER LOVED A MAN (THE WAY I LOVE YOU) - ARETHA FRANKLIN

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN - DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS

HEY JUDE - WILSON PICKETT

TAKE A LETTER TO MARIA - R.B. GREAVES

MEMPHIS

MEMPHIS - FACES

SON OF A PREACHER MAN - DUSTY SPRINGFIELD

LONELY WEEKENDS - CHARLIE RICH

MOVIN' ON UP - PRIMAL SCREAM

YOU DON'T KNOW LIKE I KNOW - SAM & DAVE

DEBONAIR - AFGHAN WHIGS

I WALK THE LINE - JOHNNY CASH

SEPTEMBER GURLS - BIG STAR

TO LOVE SOMEBODY - JAMES CARR

TURN YOU INSIDE OUT - R.E.M.

SWEET CAROLINE - NEIL DIAMOND

LOVE AND HAPPINESS - AL GREEN

HEY JEALOUSY - GIN BLOSSOMS

WINE - JIM DICKINSON

WILD ONE - JERRY LEE LEWIS

ALEX CHILTON - THE REPLACEMENTS

SHOULDN'T BE ASHAMED - WILCO

SOUL FINGER - BAR-KAYS

MEMPHIS - PART 2

THE LETTER - THE BOX TOPS

WALKING WITH THE DECO MAN - RICK VITO

GIMME BACK MY DOG - SLOBBERBONE

BLUE SUEDE SHOES - CARL PERKINS

HAPPY MAN (MEMPHIS VERSION) - SPARKLEHORSE

BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN - ALBERT KING

THE NORTH POLE - THE WALKMEN

THEME FROM SHAFT - ISAAC HAYES

JESUS CHRIST - U2

YOU AND YOUR SISTER - CHRIS BELL

MELTING POT - BOOKER T & THE MGs

UNTIL YOU CAME ALONG - GOLDEN SMOG

HILLBILLIES FROM OUTERSPACE - VAUGHAN BROTHERS

RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN' ON MY HEAD - B.J. THOMAS

DOWN IN THE VALLEY - OTIS REDDING

SCREAMADELICA - PRIMAL SCREAM

JUST WALKIN' IN THE RAIN - THE PRISONAIRES

ELVIS SPECIAL

ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT (LAUGHING VERSION) - ELVIS PRESLEY

ALL SHOOK UP - RY COODER

THAT'S ALRIGHT, MAMA - ROD STEWART

ELVIS IS EVERYWHERE - MOJO NIXON

DOWN IN THE ALLEY - JEFF HEALEY BAND

SUSPICIOUS MINDS - MARK JAMES

HEARTBREAK HOTEL - BERT JANSCH

VIVA LAS VEGAS - DEAD KENNEDYS

IN THE GHETTO - NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS

ALWAYS ON MY MIND - RYAN ADAMS

I WISH I COULD MEET ELVIS - ALEX CHILTON

JAILHOUSE ROCK - JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP

BIG BOSS MAN - JIMMY REED

CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE - EELS

GUITAR MAN - THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN

HOUND DOG - BIG MAMA THORNTON

MARIE'S THE NAME/RUSHOLME RUFFIANS - THE SMITHS

ALL SHOOK UP - OTIS BLACKWELL

LOVE ME TENDER - JAMES BROWN 

BLUES TRAIL

HIGHWAY 49 - HOWLIN' WOLF

HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED - KAREN O & THE MILLION DOLLAR BASHERS

I AIN'T SUPERSTITIOUS - WILLIE DIXON

ODE TO BILLY JOE - BOBBIE GENTRY

TERRAPLANE BLUES - ROBERT JOHNSON

THE THRILL IS GONE - B.B. KING

THIS IS HIP - JOHN LEE HOOKER

SUMMERTIME - SAM COOKE

ROCKET 88 - IKE TURNER/JACKIE BRENSTON & HIS DELTA CATS

TAXMAN - JUNIOR PARKER

I CAN'T BE SATISFIED - MUDDY WATERS

JACKSON - LUCINDA WILLIAMS

THE SUN IS SHINING - ELMORE JAMES

BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY - JIMMY REED

THEY'RE RED HOT - ROBERT JOHNSON

KILLING FLOOR - HOWLIN' WOLF

MONKEY TO MAN - ELVIS COSTELLO

NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOU'RE DOWN & OUT - BESSIE SMITH

NEW ORLEANS

TUTTI FRUTTI - LITTLE RICHARD

DROP ME OFF IN NEW ORLEANS - KERMIT RUFFINS

LITTLE LIZA JANE - HUEY 'PIANO' SMITH

ON YOUR WAY DOWN - ELVIS COSTELLO & ALLEN TOUSSAINT

TIPITINA - PROFESSOR LONGHAIR

STAGGER LEE - LLOYD PRICE

IKO IKO - THE DIXIE CUPS

IT'S RAINING - IRMA THOMAS

CISSY STRUT - THE METERS

THIS CITY - STEVE EARL

HOLY COW - LEE DORSEY

TELL IT LIKE IT IS - AARON NEVILLE

RIGHT PLACE, WRONG TIME - DR. JOHN

BLUEBERRY HILL - FATS DOMINO

OOH POO PAH DOO, PTS 1-2 - JESSIE HILL

A CERTAIN GIRL - ERNIE K-DOE

VOODOO - THE NEVILLE BROTHERS

LIPSTICK TRACES - BENNY SPELLMAN

MOST OF THE TIME - BOB DYLAN

YES WE CAN CAN - THE POINTER SISTERS

HOT TAMALES - PT 1 - PRIME MATES

HERCULES - AARON NEVILLE

SOMETHING YOU GOT - ALVIN ROBINSON

I WISH I WAS IN NEW ORLEANS - SCARLETT JOHANSSON

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