10 Songs to Get You Ready for Nashville and the LUC 2015


I used to love making mix CDs and wanted to share some LUC 2015 inspired songs. Since everything is digital now, I made you a playlist to help you get ready for the 2015 Lectora® User Conference in Nashville, Tennessee this April 29 – 30.

Crazy Town – Jason Aldean

This popular country song is an ode to the aspiring music star, playing for tips in honkytonks and just trying to make it “in this crazy town.”

Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash

This song might not be about Nashville, but you can’t make a Nashville playlist without Johnny Cash! The man in black is a music icon who still influences the music scene in Nashville and across the world. You can even visit the Johnny Cash Museum while you’re in Nashville, in case you just can’t get enough.

Gold on the Ceiling – The Black Keys

Nashville isn’t all country music! Alternative duo The Black Keys relocated from their hometown of Akron, Ohio, to Nashville in 2010, and the band recorded its 2011 album, El Camino, there. This song is from that album.

Nashville Without You – Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw references all the old-time great songs that made Nashville the place it is today, saying Nashville wouldn’t be Nashville without those songs and the artists who created them. There’s also a little known bonus verse that goes like this: “Hey Lectora and CourseMill® users, it wouldn’t be the Lectora User Conference in Nashville without you. So register now.” Okay… that’s not actually in the song. But it’s true—you are what makes our user conference great, and it just wouldn’t be a Lectora USER Conference without you!

I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water – Elvis Presley

Elvis might not be someone you associate with Nashville, but he actually recorded quite a few songs in Music City! This is one song that was produced during his days recording at the historic RCA Studio B. The character in this song ends up in jail in Nashville—better behave yourself at the Lectora User Conference so that doesn’t happen to you!

Would You Fight For My Love? - Jack White

Jack White relocated from Detroit to Nashville in 2009 and is often credited with influencing the idea that Nashville makes a great home base for non-country musicians too. He’s a member of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. He collaborates with artists of all genres, from Danger Mouse to Loretta Lynn. He also founded Third Man Records—a record label, recording studio, record store, performance venue, vinyl factory and office space—in Nashville.

You Ain’t Woman Enough – Paramore cover of Loretta Lynn

The founding members of the pop-punk band Paramore met while living just outside Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville Scene called Paramore ”Nashville’s first rock band to go platinum since the Reagan era, hence ending the infamous ‘Nashville Curse’” that people believed meant no rock band from Nashville could make it big. In this video, they are performing a cover of a song by a country great, Loretta Lynn, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Nashville Woman’s Blues – Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong

It wouldn’t be a trip to the south without a little blues music, would it? Bessie Smith was one of the most popular female blues singers of the 1920s and 1930s. This song will definitely get you in the mood to check out some of Nashville’s intimate live music venues!

I Can’t Hear You – The Dead Weather (Allison Mosshart, Jack White, Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence)

Allison Mosshart, the lead singer of the blues-punk duo The Kills, is a London-to-Nashville transplant—she fell in love with Music City while working at Jack White’s Third Man Records. (It really IS a small world after all!) Now she lives in Nashville and works on tracks for her band The Kills and does vocals for The Dead Weather.

Southern Comfort Zone – Brad Paisley

I’m a country fan, so I had to end this list with another country song! Brad Paisley can’t deny his love for Tennessee in this song, even as he explores the world. We think you’ll understand why after you spend a few days exploring Nashville during the 2015 Lectora User Conference.

Now that you have your road trip playlist, I think you’re ready for the conference! But don’t forget to register and book your hotel before the special rates expire. And of course, subscribe to this blog for the best e-Learning resources and occasional music videos or cat photos.

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