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Category: Tennessee Ernie Ford

“Hicktown”: Place from Which No One Escapes

“Hicktown” appears to be the B-side of an updated “Sixteen Tons” single released on Capitol in 1965.  Tennessee Ernie Ford sings of a down-on-its-luck place that holds its destitute and demoralized residents captive, unable to leave.  Sounds terrifying, actually: “Hicktown”     Tennessee Ernie Ford     1965 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9tiT-0F0AI

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