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10 new additions to my road trip play list…

Big road trip this week. Driving from Chicago to San Antonio with an SUV full of our younger son’s and daughter-in-law’s “stuff.” Boxes of who-knows-what that have been taking up space in our basement for years that will soon be transferred to the garage of their first home. It will be like Christmas in April for them, because I’m quite sure they have no idea what they left behind when they moved to Texas. And, trust me, just the thought of getting it all out of my house and into theirs makes a 20+ hour drive seem more like a trip to the corner store.


One of the most important parts of preparing for the trip has been updating my music library. As many of you know, when it comes to technology, I’m not exactly an “early adapter.” And when it comes to music, I’m a rugged traditionalist. I just love my vinyl.

I’m a recent convert to music “downloading” and – spoiler alert – this concept could catch on. Look, even some of the greatest albums have a clunker or two on them. And downloading allows you to listen to your favorite songs on your favorite albums – plus stray singles and “B” sides – without moving the needle on your turntable. The “shuffle” feature is an added bonus – providing you a wonderful little surprise with every “next tune” played.

Here’s a look at some of the new additions that I’ll be listening to on my way to the Lone Star State…

  • Mad Dogs and Englishmen – Joe Cocker at the pinnacle of his talent backed by a band featuring Leon Russell, Jim Keltner, and Rita Coolidge, among others. This is a work of art that is virtually “clunker free” so I downloaded the entire album.
  • Susan Tedeschi – One of the most remarkable voices you’ll ever hear. I’ve added a terrific live version of “Angel from Montgomery” to the playlist.
  • Graham Parker and the Rumor – I’m not a big Jackson 5 fan, but their version of “I Want You Back” kicks some serious backside.
  • Linda Rondstadt – Please, God, let ”Blue Bayou” be the last thing I hear before going to the great beyond…
  • Bob Dylan – I downloaded “Blonde on Blonde” and “Blood on the Tracks.” Masterpieces…
  • David Johansen – The former front man for the New York Dolls lights it up with “Funky But Chic.”

Any suggested additions for me? Departure time is 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, so let me know ASAP because I can’t download and drive!

5 Responses

  1. SO wish I was tagging along on THIS road trip! Although I would need “noise”-canceling headphones for a few of your road trip songs… But definitely NOT for Susan Tedeschi; she’s a “new classic”! Les (in Napa)

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Express™, an AT&T LTE smartphone

  2. Great list! Since you listed both Ronstadt and Emmy Lou Harris, you may want to check out Trio…adding Dolly Parton into the mix…amazing album.

  3. I think you need Asleep at the Wheel singing Miles & Miles of Texas or Willie Nelson singing On the Road again. Just putting a plug in for some Texas music. Also if San Antonio is your destination, add Selena’s No Me Queda Mas.

  4. If you enjoy Susan Tedeschi on her own, you should sample Tedeschi Trucks featuring Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks.

  5. Thanks for those excellent suggestions. I’m a big fan of Tedeschi Trucks and am certain that Derek Trucks channels the spirit of Dwayne Allman…

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