Two Lane Tunes
If you're a gearhead, chances are you enjoy a good road trip on two lane blacktop. You also may enjoy doing that in an old muscle car, hot rod or family car. With the summer on its way out (boo, hiss) and chilly autumn weather on the way, I figured now would be my last chance this season to get out a few recommendations for crusin' tunes. If you're into making up your own road trip playlists, feel free to snag a few of these and throw them into rotation before you put the car cover on the Sting Ray for its winter nap. There's a little something from the 1950's through today to try out.
Roy Orbison- Trying to Get to You (1956)
Perfect Accompaniment: 1957 Ford Fairlane 500
Wes Montgomery- OGD "The Road Song" (1966)
Jazz Guitarist Wes Montgomery lived in Indianapolis, Indiana. I remember reading years ago that he had a fear of flying, so when he booked gigs in Chicago, New York or L.A., he would load up his guitar and amp and drive there. While on the road, he had plenty of time to write new tunes and improvisations. That's probably why his music lends itself so well to the open road. Many of his live smooth jams carry on for 7 or 8 minutes, which is just enough time to get up to speed and set the cruise control.
Perfect Accompaniment: 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix.
Outlaws- Green Grass & High Tides (1975)
My Dad's love of Southern Rock rubbed off on me. This one works up to a nice fast paced barn burner...with some killer guitar work. Oh, its also damn near 10 minutes long.
Perfect Accompaniment: 1974 Pontiac Trans Am Super Duty
Bruce Hornsby and the Range-The Valley Road (1988)
Synthesized drums aside, this tune evokes motion from the first bar. A moving beat, some great piano runs and strong vocals from Bruce. The album this piece comes from "Scenes from the Southside" was a common choice for our family's trips to Florida. At 65mph, the highway lines pass by with the same beat as the drums. That's nerd stuff. Its surprising that we didn't wear out the cassette.
Perfect Accompaniment: 1987 GMC High Sierra 4x4
Cracker- Loser (1993)
Perfect Accompaniment: 1992 Lincoln Town Car
Beta Band- Dry The Rain (1999)
Perfect Accompaniment: 2000 Ford Contour SVT
Boards of Canada- New Seeds (2013)
Another Scottish import craft-made to soothe the soul. See the sunset on the album cover? When you're driving West after work and you're stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic and staring out the window wondering just where you fit in the grand scheme of things...this is what your internal soundtrack is. The freeway of your life is nothing more than a crumbling mid-century pipe dream.
Perfect Accompaniment: 2013 Hyundai Veloster