Nashville mainstay Chuck Mead has released what he calls “the official song of quarantine,” a remake of Hank Snow’s 1962 hit “I’ve Been Everywhere” retitled — appropriately — “I Ain’t Been Nowhere.”
Widely known today as a Johnny Cash song, “I’ve Been Everywhere” had Cash dropping a rapid-fire list of all the places he’s traveled, from Louisville and Nashville to Bakersfield and Shreveport. In Mead’s social-distancing version, it’s all the places he’s been within the confines of his own house: “I’m in the bedroom, bathroom, living room, dining room/attic, basement, just to find an old broom.” Like the rest of us, Mead ain’t going nowhere.
The former BR549 member wrote, recorded, and cleared the parody rights to his version in a week, enlisting his Grassy Knoll Boys — bassist Mark Andrew Miller, drummer Martin Lynds, and Robbie Crowell on piano — to film an at-home video.
“I picture Hank Snow and Johnny Cash in quarantine together, giving each other haircuts, making black and rhinestone bedazzled face masks, arguing over who’s worse, Joe Exotic or Carole Baskin, and writing this song,” Mead says. “Since they aren’t around to do all that, we did. Except for the haircuts.”
Mead released the new album Close to Home last summer via Plowboy Records.