Name a popular song about New Hampshire. While your at it, go ahead sing that famous ditty about Maine, Florida, Wisconsin, or some state so obscure I can’t even remember its name right now. Face it, there is a surplus of songs about Georgia. It doesn’t help that the name Georgia can also be used as a woman’s name (songwriters think they’re soooo clever), and Outkast drops “ATL” or “Georgia” in 100% of their songs. I too should write a song about Georgia based on my only two experiences there: a fun night in beautiful Savannah, and the most frustrating and miserable experience which had me contemplating suicide by cop at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
But Cee-Lo Green has no misgivings based on The Peach State’s eponymous song that leaked from his forthcoming album Lady Killer. And neither do Band Of Horses. In a musical quid pro quo, BoH have offered their version of “Georgia” featuring the marching band stylings of the University of Georgia Redcoat Band.
“Once I heard Cee Lo’s ‘Georgia,’,” said BoH’s lead singer Ben Bridwell, “I was immediately smitten and figured that’s as good as any tribute to any state I’ve ever heard. It wasn’t until I heard his cover of our song though that it occurred to me: Duh, we should return the favor. Incorporating the Redcoat marching band was just the icing on the cake!”
The track is available for digital download here. There you can also purchase a split 7″ which features the afore-linked Cee-Lo cover of Band of Horses’ “No One’s Gonna Love You”. If only Peter Gabriel got this much cooperation.