Something special about our state makes musicians want to sing about it. The latest example? “Idaho,” a new single and video from social-media celebrity Bryan Lanning.
Lanning, who grew up in Emmett and attended Boise State, isn’t primarily known as a musician. He and his wife, Missy, are California family vloggers who star in the YouTube channel “Daily Bumps.” It has more than 1.3 billion views and 2.1 million subscribers.
(Who knew, right?)
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Lanning is using the platform to kick-start a music career. His album, “Us,” was released Jan. 20.
“Idaho” has racked up more than a million YouTube views in under three months. Our state’s population is around 1.6 million. Obviously, a few of you still haven’t clicked.
How many other Gem State songs can you think of? Let’s reboot a roundup I did in 2012.
Update: Thanks to reader suggestions, I’ve added a couple more. Bing Crosby and Judy Garland singing “Boise, Idaho,” is freaking awesome.
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▪ That’s the year indie-rock band Delta Spirit released a song called “Idaho” on its self-titled debut album.
▪ The B-52’s famously shouted about their own “Private Idaho.”
▪ Train’s 1998 self-titled debut album includes a song called “Idaho.”
▪ Despite never having been here, British singer Nerina Pallot sang longingly of “Idaho” in 2005 — and got lots of airplay on 94.9 The River.
▪ Lynyrd Skynyrd claimed to have a grand ol’ time in Boise, Idaho, on the classic-rock staple “What’s Your Name?”
▪ In 1994, Built To Spill made residents of the 8th-largest city in Idaho wonder if they should consider escaping “Twin Falls.”
▪ Moscow native Josh Ritter captured the essence of home by singing about wolves and “Idaho.”
▪ Jewel performed a silly, endearing “No Z in Boise” ditty at the Idaho Botanical Garden’s Outlaw Field several summers ago.
▪ Texas-via-Idaho country band Reckless Kelly released a track about heading back to “Idaho” in 2013.
▪ Bluegrass act Yonder Mountain String Band definitely loves the scenery in “Idaho.”
▪ Thanks to a reader for pointing out the star power of Bing Crosby and Judy Garland singing “Boise, Idaho” (skip to the 3:20 mark) — even if they pronounce it “Boy-zee.”
▪ There’s even a band called Idaho. From Los Angeles, naturally. Reportedly, they gigged in Moscow in ’93, but they never, ever play Boise — even if the title of their 2011 CD, “You Were a D**k, “ suggests I must have reviewed them at some point.
So what’s the top Idaho song? (By the way, I guarantee this list is missing a few.)
My vote goes to Ritter’s stark, haunting performance.