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The Brand New Tennessee Waltz

I’ve never been a big fan of the “official” song for my home state – The Tennessee Waltz – although you’ll hear an occasional version that works. (See, for instance, the YouTube video of Bonnie Raitt and Norah Jones, where Bonnie plays a mean slide guitar solo.)  But for the second in my “Music Fit to a T” series, highlighting songs with “Tennessee” in the title, I’ve chosen a play off the state song. Jesse Winchester wrote The Brand New Tennessee Waltz for his first album, released in 1970 while still living in exile in Canada where he had moved to avoid the draft.  He wasn’t able to tour in the US until much later in the decade and isn’t as well-known as some other singer-songwriters. The Brand New Tennessee Waltz is a sad yet lovely song. Oh my, but you have a pretty face You favor I girl that I knew I imagine that she’s back in Tennessee And by God, I should be there too I’ve a sadness too sad to be true …