When Lonestar used to perform in different bars, “Walking in Memphis” was their staple song. The song is always part of their set. However, after the band’s got to sign a record deal, they laid low doing cover songs including the said track. Perhaps, this is to establish originality of their own. But after a few years, they decided to record their cover version. It happened when they were in Memphis, Tennessee getting ready for a benefit concert for St. Jude’s.
Moreover, after the release of “Walking in Memphis,” it immediately gained popularity. It even received a humongous response from the music lovers, especially the country music enthusiasts. Also, it topped the chart, specifically, the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. For most of us, we think the band’s rendition reminds us of the great talent and music of Marc Cohn, the original singer, and songwriter of the song.
Walking in Memphis…
“Walking in Memphis” is a full autobiographical patched with great tunes and harmonies. As mentioned above, Marc Cohn wrote the words and lyrics of the song. It was initially released in March 1991. Additionally, the song reflects Marc Cohn’s experience as a Jew who feels the Gospel spirit of Memphis.
Furthermore, Marc Cohn was inspired to write the song through an uncontended career as a songwriter. He felt his demos, recordings, and songs were just okay. With this, he found an inspiration to go farther beyond his comfort zone. He then went to Memphis to see ideas. Marc Cohn also believed that Memphis was the great place to go for it was the haven of his favorite music. Finally, he was able to write the song.
On August 11, 2003, after twenty-seven years, Lonestar, released their cover version of the song. It was part of their album “From There to Here: Greatest Hits.” It was one of the band’s songs to enter the country charts. In fact, it placed at number eight on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart on December 20, 2003.
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