The Famous In A Small Town Playlist
by Kristina Knight, author of Famous In A Small Town
I love a love song. I also love a party song, and a breakup song, and an I’m-Mad song…mostly, I love songs that speak to me, either as I’m writing or in my daily life. This is part of the reason that I love making playlists for the books that I write – because a great song can condense 100,000 words into three minutes of emotion.
As I was writing Famous in a Small Town I had a challenge – finding songs that were specific to the book, but finding more songs that would be specific to the entire series of Slippery Rock. A few songs, naturally, bled over into all the playlists (the book specific and the overall series), but it was so much fun to figure them all out.
One more thing that was unusual – songs don’t come to be before I’ve finished a draft…at least they haven’t in the past. But I found as I was writing that certain songs would pop into my head – some were old favorites, and some were brand new, and some I’d heard before and absolutely hated but as I was writing, I just couldn’t get enough of them.
A few of the songs that made it onto the series playlist include:
Tattoos on This Town by Jason Aldean
Where I’m From by John Michael Carroll
Famous in a Small Town by Miranda Lambert
Boys of Fall by Kenny Chesney
All of these songs speak to me about home – about the bonds we make before we’re out of our teens. To me, those are some of the strongest bonds we ever make in our lives. They are the bonds that call us back, the bonds that we may try to re-create as adults.
Here are a few of the songs that made it onto the Famous in a Small Town playlist:
The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert – this song became part of the core of both Savannah and Collin. Once Savannah was adopted, she tried to push her adopted family away, but they wouldn’t allow that. When Collin came to live with his grandparents, he tried to be perfect, so that he wouldn’t be sent away.
Wild Child by Kenny Chesney – this song was perfect for Collin. He’s always been the perfect guy – he considers his actions, he does the right things. Savannah is his opposite in a lot of ways, but he can’t resist her.
Run by Sugarland – this song was perfect for Savannah. She’s always run away from her problems, and in a lot of cases she has created problems because she didn’t trust the people around her not to run away from her. But once she’s back in town – and running from a Nashville scandal – she finds she doesn’t want to run anywhere…except toward Collin.
And here are a few more songs that brought Slippery Rock, Savannah, and Collin to life as I was writing:
Broken by Lifehouse
Song for Another Time by Old Dominion
May We All by Florida Georgia Line
Smoke by A Thousand Horses
Fly Over States by Jason Aldean
Dirt by Florida Georgia Line
Stay a Little Longer by Brothers Osborne
About Famous In A Small Town:
Lifestyles of the small-town famous
Forced to leave Nashville after a scandal, Savannah Walters has come home to Slippery Rock, Missouri, with a bruised ego and her singing career in jeopardy. As if that isn’t humiliating enough, on her way into town she’s rescued by her swoon-worthy childhood crush, Collin Tyler.
His hands are full running the family orchard and dealing with his delinquent teen sister, so Collin doesn’t need to get involved with someone as fiery and unpredictable as Savannah. But the intense attraction between them can’t be denied. And when disaster strikes, they’ll both be surprised by who’s still standing when the dust settles.