Saturday, April 13, 2024

We’re Getting The Band Back Together!

Beth Anne Rankin’s recent foray into the world of lyrics and digital synthesizers gave me an idea for a post. Namely, if all the important candidates were going to compile a double-CD release of songs that best define their campaigns, what songs would be on there?

Disc 1: Arkansas Republicans
1. Jim Keet — “Jet Airliner,” Steve Miller Band
2. Mark Darr — “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim,” Jim Croce
3. John Boozman — “Glory Days,” Bruce Springsteen
4. Rick Crawford — “Pay For What You Get,” Dave Matthews
5. Tim Griffin — “Friend Of The Devil,” The Grateful Dead
6. Steve Womack — “Next In Line,” Conway Twitty
7. Beth Anne Rankin — “Beauty To Disaster,” Indigo Girls
8. John Thurston — “Pretend I Never Happened,” Willie Nelson
9. Mark Martin — “Nothingman,” Pearl Jam
Bonus Track: 10. David Meeks — “Simple Man,” Lynyrd Skynyrd

Disc 2: Arkansas Democrats
1. Mike Beebe — “Paying The Cost To Be The Boss,” B.B. King
2. Shane Broadway — “Second Fiddle,” Hank Locklin
3. Blanche Lincoln — “A Change Is Gonna Come,” Sam Cooke
4. Chad Causey — “Scentless Apprentice,” Nirvana
5. Joyce Elliott — “Runaway Train,” Soul Asylum
6. David Whitaker — “Happiness Is A Good Place To Visit, But It Was So Sad In Fayetteville,” Jerry Jeff Walker
7. Mike Ross — “The One On The Right Is On The Left,” Johnny Cash
8. L.J. Bryant — “18 and Life,” Skid Row
9. Pat O’Brien — “Luck Of The Irish,” John Lennon
Bonus Track: 10. Vic Snyder — “I’m Gonna Leave (While I Still Love You),” Waylon Jennings

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