Friday Five: Florida

Juli Thanki | March 30th, 2012

The Florida Territory was created on this day back in 1822 (it wouldn’t become a state for another 23 years). Get some sand in your shoes with these five Florida songs.

5. Patty Griffin – “Florida”
Paradise isn’t all it’s cracked up to be: “Isn’t it hard sometimes, isn’t it lonely? How I still hang around here and there’s nothing to hold me.”

 

4. John Anderson – “Seminole Wind”

One of Anderson’s biggest hits is about damage done to the Everglades that makes “the ghost of Osceola cry.”

 

3. Bill Monroe – “My Florida Sunshine”

With this song and the instrumental “Tallahassee,” Monroe did right by Florida. And since he found his legendary Gibson F-5 Lloyd Loar mandolin in a Florida barbershop, the Sunshine State did right by him, too. Claire Lynch does a fine version of “Sunshine” that can be found on her 2009 record Whatcha Gonna Do.

 

2. Keith Whitley – “Miami, My Amy”

“Well, everybody talks about the California quakes/But the first time I ever felt the earth shake/Was in Miami when Amy touched me.” Now that’s a damn good opening lyric. This single, written by Hank Cochran, Dean Dillon, and Royce Porter, topped out at #14 in 1986.

 

1. Fiddlin’ John Carson – “Swanee River (Old Folks at Home)”

This Stephen Foster song, written in the 1850s, is Florida’s official state song.

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  1. Ben Foster
    March 30, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Yay, “Seminole Wind”! Love it.

  2. Jon
    March 30, 2012 at 9:20 am

    what, no “Suwannee River Hoedown?”

  3. Jon
    March 30, 2012 at 9:20 am

    No “Florida Blues?”

  4. bob
    March 30, 2012 at 10:00 am

    The Joe Nichols III album included a Casey Beathard-Don Sampson song, “Talk Me Out of Tampa”.

  5. nm
    March 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I loooooove “Seminole Wind.”

    Also, if you don’t know Elizabeth Cook’s “Ocala,” check it out — you’ll enjoy it.

  6. Paul W Dennis
    March 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Orange Blossom Special anyone ?

    • Juli Thanki
      March 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      Alluded to in the intro.

  7. Dan
    March 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    “Jacksonville” by Josh Turner, off his debut album.

  8. Jack Williams
    March 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    A couple of other good ones that come to mind:

    Vic Chesnutt – Florida
    Tim Easton – Bad Florida

  9. Rick
    March 31, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Ummm, are we sure Keith Whitley wasn’t singing about Miami Oklahoma instead? (lol)

    I second the mention of Elizabeth Cook’s “Ocala” and “Seminole Wind” is one of my favorite John Anderson songs. Well its nice to know Florida has actually been good for something! (lol)

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