Summer is about road trips with the windows down and the music blaring. Here's my current playlist of songs that I'm listening to on those rare occasions I'm alone in the car. I put them together in a June: East to West list on Spotify.
1) "Whoever's in New England" - Reba McIntire
Apparently there are some people who don't care for Reba. I think those people are crazy.
2) "Please Come to Boston" - Joan Baez
This song has been covered like crazy, but we all know Joan does it best.
3) "Streets of Philadelphia" - Bruce Springsteen
You can't have a road trip list without Springsteen on it.
4) "Oh My Sweet Carolina" - Ryan Adams
When we first started dating, Dr. BB put this on a mixed tape (it was actually a CD) for me. It's a nostalgic love song.
5) "Wagon Wheel" - Old Crow Medicine Show
My nephew loves this song and I always think about him when it comes on.
6) "Tennessee" - Sugarland
I don't know. I think Jennifer Nettles is amazing and this song shows off her voice.
7) "Kentucky Rain" - Elvis Presley
There's another song about Kentucky?
8) "Look at Miss Ohio" - Gillian Welch
My friend's band plays this song at every gig. It'll get in your head.
9) "Saginaw, Michigan" - Lefty Frizzel
If you thought I was leaving Michigan out of this road trip, you don't know me well.
10) "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" - Charlie Daniels
I really do some serious chair dancing when this comes on.
11) "Beaumont" - Hayes Carll
We saw Hayes Carll in concert last week. He was amazing. According to his post-song chatter, this is a romanticized version of Beaumont and it's actually not all that awesome a town. Don't plan your vacation around it.
12) "All My Ex's Live in Texas" - George Strait
It's a classic.
13) "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance" - Gene Pitney
I would have put "In Lonesome Dove" by Garth Brooks on the list in this place, but the Brooks catalog is not available on Spotify.
14) "Portland, Oregon" - Loretta Lynn and Jack White
I listen to the Van Lear Rose album more than I should. My obsession with Loretta Lynn is nearing my levels of obsession with Garth Brooks, Harry Potter, and Zelda the Cat.
15) "All the Gold in California" - Larry Gatlin
There are so many songs about California and while I briefly considered putting a Beach Boys song here, I decided to keep it country.