The Songs of Place series represents the intersection of several interests, among them being cultural history and geography. I've always noticed that country songs are far more likely to mention a place than are straight pop songs. Country songwriters are always naming rivers, towns, valleys, states. Pop songs occasionally name major cities, but that's about it.
Country songwriters, even today, are often hearkening back to the good old days, simpler times, etc. Pining for the homeplace. This made a lot of sense during the country-to-city dislocations of the mid-twentieth century in America, when Country music rose to prominence, but the tendency lingers even today. A lot of contemporary Americana still uses the naming of places to anchor the song in a certain feel. For example, the much played "Wagon Wheel." Darius Rucker's version captures the importance of place in this song in pictures as well as words: