"City of New Orleans" is a folk song written by Steve Goodman (and first recorded for Goodman's self-titled 1971 album), describing a train ride from Chicago to New Orleans on the Illinois Central Railroad's City of New Orleans in bittersweet and nostalgic terms.While I was rustling up Stewed Okra and Tomatoes from Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey last night I somehow Spotify-stumbled on the Willie Nelson song above, so 2016's proposed trip now has a theme song.
How long it will last though I can't say. Since I posted about Franklin's Barbecue, John has got some sort of a Texas Jones. He is tugging on my sleeve about THE 50 BEST BBQ JOINTS: a definitive, soot-stained guide to the best purveyors of smoked meat in Texas—which is to say, the best purveyors of smoked meat on earth in general, and the John T. Floore Country Store in particular.
Chicago to New Orleans may not remain up to the grandeur of the evolving conception.