We’re lost, but we’re making good time. - Yogi Berra
It was August of ’93, and it was hot, the kind of hot that melts pavement and stifles ambition. My mother and I were 82 miles and 14 songs into our 3000-mile cross country road trip when—in between the silence of songs—my friend Billy’s voice announced over the car speakers: “Turn off the air conditioner, roll down the windows, and scream ‘f#@k yeah’ as loud as you can. That includes you Mrs. Franson.”
So we did as Billy’s mixed tape instructed. And it was at this moment—when the humid air hit my face and the sun dipped below the landscape —that Ray Charles bid me adieu and my home state of Georgia faded on the horizon one last time.
It’s that song (you probably know the one) that always takes me back to that moment—the smell of the air, the color of the sky, the anticipation of what was ahead. This is why we carefully build the perfect playlist. So that hopefully, the landscape and melody meet up and create an indelible moment in time. Or just helps us stay awake. Either way, music and the road are meant for each other.
So here’s a mix of songs (compiled by the team) that showed up at the right place and the right time. Some expected, some not. Some for inspiration, some not. But mostly meant for creating a landscape the feels right in the moment.
Johnny Cash – I’ve Been Everywhere Man
Bob Marley – Sun is Shining
The Black Keys – Money Maker
Willie Nelson – On the road again
Beastie Boys – No Sleep Till Brooklyn
JJ Cale - Travelin’ Light
Bob Dylan – You Ain’t Going Nowhere
Barr Brothers – Beggar in the Morning
The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
Traffic – The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
Sam Cooke – Bring it Home
Blitzen Trapper – Country Caravan
Mark Lanegan Band with Izzy Stradlin & Duff McKagan – Strange Religion
Jack White – Hypocritical Kiss
Neill Young – Cortez the Killer