Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

People living outside of New England can’t believe that we are country. We love our country music and have for a long time. Country 1025 has been providing your country soundtrack for 30 years now. You’ve likely noticed how most country songs are filled with references to Texas, Florida, Georgia or Oklahoma. But check out these 6 popular country songs that mention Boston, Massachusetts or New England.

So many of us living in Massachusetts have grown up with this station, this music and these songs. Country concerts sell out fast around here. We show up, we get loud and we live our best country life. Many country artists who perform here will tell you how much they love coming here, because of the reaction they get from the fans. Morgan Wallen, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Kelsea Ballerini, Dan & Shay, Thomas Rhett, and so many others have repeatedly expressed their love of Boston and New England.

There Are More Country Songs That Mention Boston Than You Might Think

Off the top of your head, can you think of 6 popular country songs that mention Boston, Massachusetts or New England? I’m sure at least a couple come to mind. You are likely immediately drawn to think…Kenny Chesney. And you are right. But take a look at some of the other songs that may surprise you, or you might have missed a reference in the lyrics to our area. Let’s give it a whirl…

  • 1. Boston -Kenny Chesney

    Obvious choice here. You knew this one was coming. The girl with the Red Sox cap song. “Boston” is an album cut from Kenny’s 2005 Be As You Are (Songs From An Old Blue Chair). He only performs it live, when in New England.

  • 2. Heads Carolina, Tails California- Jo Dee Messina

    “Baby, what do you say we just get lostLeave this one horse town like two rebels without a causeI’ve got people in Boston, ain’t your daddy still in Des MoinesWe can pack up tomorrow, tonight let’s flip a coin”

    Right out of the gate, Jo Dee Messina wanted fans to know, she’s got people in Boston. The Holliston, Massachusetts native asked the song writers if they could change the original line of “I’ve got people in Austin” to “Boston” in order for her to be able to relate to the story and tell it her way. The rest is country music history. Messina’s debut single off her self-titled album became her first hit, going top 10 in 1996.

  • 3. Whoever's In New England- Reba

    A true blue Oklahoman cutting a song called “Whoever’s In New England?” And naming her album the same? It happened in 1986 from one of the most country voices in the genre. Reba McEntire tells the story of a man cheating with “whoever’s in New England.” The album of the same name became her first #1 album on the Billboard country albums chart. 

    But when whoever’s in New England’s through with youAnd Boston finds better things to doYou know it’s not too late ’cause you’ll always have a place to come back toWhen whoever’s in New England’s through with you”

  • 4. Wagon Wheel- Darius Rucker

    “Runnin’ from the cold up in New EnglandI was born to be a fiddler in an old time string band”

    The song that made 2 careers! Half the original song was written by Bob Dylan but never released. It was only a demo. That is until Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor wrote verses around Dylan’s original chorus and melody. It became the band’s signature song after they released it in 2004.

    “Wagon Wheel” is also the biggest hit in Darius Rucker’s solo career and has become his signature song. Rucker released it 2013 and earned a Grammy Award for this #1 hit.

  • 5. Massachusetts- Aaron Lewis

    The former lead singer of the rock band Staind has been a country artist since 2010. New Englander Aaron Lewis (Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts) shared the story of his original song “Massachusetts” with us a few years back, and why it’s so special to him.

  • 6. Please Come to Boston- Kenny Chesney

    He’s baaack! Kenny and his love of Boston and New England is no secret. Found on the limited edition of Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down album, this live version of a Kenny Loggins classic is a favorite of the singer and his fans.

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