The summer heat has lasted well into September here at Rare Country headquarters, so we couldn’t help but flashback to one of our favorite ’90s country hits, Pam Tillis’ “Maybe It Was Memphis.” There’s something about the humidity of a Tennessee summer that just makes you want to lounge around and get into some mischief all at the same time.
That’s what “Maybe It Was Memphis” is about.
The song really helped put Pam Tillis on the map when it came out in 1991, and the tale of a woman coming on to a “lonely boy far from home” still packs a punch today. This sultry song put a twist on the tale of a young boy and girl losing their innocence, since it was the woman coming on to the man. It may have even inspired Garth Brooks’ hit, “That Summer,” with its lyrics about a lonely widow woman coming on to the young field hand she’s hired to work her farm.
Now, that’s a double entendre if we’ve ever heard one.
Pam’s recording of “Maybe, It was Memphis” is now considered a country classic with artists such as Carrie Underwood and Lauren Alaina performing the song during their “American Idol” days.
Danielle Bradbery even took the song to No. 1 on the iTunes Country Song chart when she sang it on “The Voice” in 2013.
For our money, there’s nothing like the original, though.