so I was happy to accompany him through the scenically stunning if slightly unnerving landscapes of Tennessee and Kentucky in his open-top car. We learned about moonshine in Gatlinburg, square dancing in Paducah and murder ballads in Knoxville...
The Wilburn Brothers perform 'Knoxville Girl'
...as well as bluegrass, banjos, mountain dwellers, minstrels, and... oh, loads of stuff. There's still time to catch up on iPlayer if you missed it.
It suddenly struck me too that I have an unerring soft spot for Glen Miller & His Orchestra's 'Chattanooga Choo Choo' from the 1941 film 'Sun Valley Serenade'. Seems to me it's one of those songs we all just know from an early age but don't know quite why/how. I'm now also a little bit hooked on the lovely Dorothy Dandridge's performance in the film alongside the Nicholas Brothers.
Next week Reginald takes us through Alabama and Georgia, and I'm looking forward to the final episode in Mississippi and Louisiana. (I thought of you, Erik.)