Nutbush City Limits

Album: Nutbush City Limits (1973)
Charted: 4 22

Songfacts®:

  • Anna Mae Bullock was born November 26, 1939 in a hospital in Brownsville, a short drive from Nutbush, Tennessee where she grew up. She would eventually marry songwriter and musician Ike Wister Turner, taking the name Tina Turner. In November 1973 the duo released "Nutbush City Limits." Far from being a city, Nutbush is a hamlet on Highway 19, Tennessee. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
  • In this song, Turner recalls her memories of Nutbush, painting a picture of a friendly little town with a strong community. She once said that she didn't turn any heads in Nutbush, as many women there had the goods.
  • Marc Bolan of the '70s British glam rock band T-Rex played guitar on this track. Bolan was a fan of Ike's guitar playing and in his teenage years he had had a crush on Tina Turner.
  • Tina Turner didn't write many songs, but she is the sole composer on this one, which was her biggest hit as a songwriter. As her career progressed, Turner did less songwriting, putting her energies into vocal arrangements and performance. As a solo artist, she surrounded herself with top talent and developed a reputation for her strong work ethic, always getting it right in the studio. She certainly could have written more songs had she chosen to.
  • Turner re-recorded the song as a house number in 1991 for her compilation album Simply The Best. A single release peaked at #23 in the UK. Two years later she re-worked it again for the What's Love Got to Do with It? soundtrack album.
  • The 1991 remix was accompanied by a music video showing early footage of Turner and shot of the Nutbush landmarks she mentions in the song. It was directed by Chris Cowey and Michael Bay (yes, the guy later brought us the Transformers movies.
  • Bob Seger released a live version on his 1976 album Live Bullet. Released as a single, it went to #69 in the US.

Comments: 3

  • Beth from Brooksville, KyBob Seger also covered this song.
  • Edwin from Vancouver, Bcthe original is one of her better tunes... despite of her popularity, for the most part tuner's incredible vocal abilities are under-used on formula dreck. could there be a blues album in the works?
  • Robert from San Francisco, CaKristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas used this song for their week nine jive.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Crystal WatersSongwriter Interviews

Waters tells the "Gypsy Woman" story, shares some of her songwriting insights, and explains how Dennis Rodman ended up on one of her songs.

AdeleFact or Fiction

Despite her reticent personality, Adele's life and music are filled with intrigue. See if you can spot the true tales.

Randy HouserSongwriter Interviews

The "How Country Feels" singer talks Skynyrd and songwriting.

Janet JacksonFact or Fiction

Was Janet secretly married at 18? Did she gain 60 pounds for a movie role that went to Mariah Carey? See what you know about Ms. Jackson.

00s Music Quiz 1Music Quiz

Do you know the girl singer on Eminem's "Stan"? If so, this quiz is for you.

Bible LyricsMusic Quiz

Rockers, rappers and pop stars have been known to quote the Bible in their songs. See if you match the artist to the biblical lyric.