Singer LeAnn Rimes recently recorded a version of the 1962 Hank Snow hit “I’ve Been Everywhere” for her upcoming album. Younger fans will recognize the song, with its fast-talking auctioneer-style listing of geographical locations, from the Johnny Cash version featured in Choice Hotel advertisements since 2005.
“I just knew it would be magic if we could talk LeAnn into singing this one,” said producer Vince Gill with a wink. “She’s one of the few singers I know who possesses the enunciation skills to pull it off. It would really come down to either her or Shooter Jennings, and Shooter isn’t even doing country anymore these days.”
The mile-a-minute place-naming portion of the song, which originally began “Been to Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota, Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow, Sarasota…” has been modified slightly in the Rimes version, with the singer celebrating her many hurried trips to “Renhuh Chicahuhfargohuhsota Buffarontonslowhuh Sarstotatahuh…”
According to Gill, the rewrite was done on the spot, and without any warning from Rimes: “Obviously, LeAnn is one of the great stylists of her generation, so we wanted to let her put her own soulful twist on it. We think that people will love what she’s done with the song, especially once they get used to listening for personality rather than trying to distinguish individual words or locations.”
Rimes, whose best-known hit is 1997’s “Ow Duh High Leave,” was unavailable for comment.
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