Kalamazoo was a Stop on this Man’s Epic Johnny Cash Road Trip
It took three years to journey to every location mentioned in the Johnny Cash song "I've Been Everywhere." Here's what it looked like.
You don't have to be a Johnny Cash fan to appreciate this video. (Note: I'm not sure we can be friends if you don't appreciate the Man in Black.) EverywhereMax lived up to his YouTube moniker and documented his travel to all of the 92 places mentioned in the song "I've Been Everywhere."
First, a note on the song. Johnny Cash's version is the one most of us know, but it was written by an Aussie, Geoff Mack in 1959 and first hit in 1962 for fellow countryman Lucky Starr. As you might guess, the geography is different. Rolf Harris ("Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport") then adapted the song to English and Scottish locales. Hank Snow took the North American version to #1 in 1963, and that's likely where Johnny Cash first heard it.
Ninety-two places are listed in this epic road trip and, although he doesn't mention why or what inspired him, EverywhereMax traveled to each and every one of them. He started August 27, 2016 and finished on December 11, 2019. Take a look at the video below to ride shotgun across North America and see Max's collection of selfies at many of the stops. At 2:18, Kalamazoo gets a shout-out, with a photo in front of the Radisson downtown. You can tell it was some time ago, as construction on The Exchange building had just begun. We're not sure if Max grabbed a Bell's while he was in town, but at least we hope he grabbed a Vernors for the trip up to Cadillac.
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