Singin' about the country life

Sep 13, 2012

Here's the shiny video version of Record Bin Roulette:

Although 8 out of 10 Americans live in cities, we still idealize a life in the country, and there are plenty of songs to prove it. And if you are considering a move to the boonies, there is actually free land available. The only catch is you’d have to live in Plainville, Kansas.

Bing Crosby plays a real city slicker in this 1936 film clip of “I’m an Old Cow Hand”: 

John Denver‘s ringing endorsement for country living was a #1 hit on both country and pop charts in 1974.

America has 50,000 ghost towns, and some of them are even for sale. For a mere $4 million you can be the king of Woodside, Utah, a former mining town. It’s a bit of a fixer-upper, but with it’s own ranch and service station it has possibilities. The Specials wrote a song all about it called “Ghost Town”: