Road Songs

It’s a season for road trips.

Highways, back roads, winding drives and straight ahead journeys, friends along the way, those left behind and those waiting at the end of the road — just a few of the ideas which inspire songwriters and musicians on their own travels along the road.

you might see just such a scene on a road trip in the Appalachian Mountains in the southeastern United States

No doubt you have your own favorite road trip songs. Here are several you may want to add to your playlist this season

Taos to Tennessee a song of change, hope, and adventure framed in images of the American southwest, is a song Tish Hinojosa wrote when taking on just such an adventure herself. A first generation Mexican American, Hinojosa writes and sings in both English and Spanish. God’s Own Open Road is another very different sort of view Hinojosa offers of travels along the road.

Though her travels have taken her to places as distant as China and Scotland, Caroline Herring, who grew up in Mississippi, has often driven the road she writes about in Delta Highway, Landscape , weather, and sky become images of change and reflection as she travels through the Delta.

Cathy Jordan uses images of her home and family in Ireland’s west to suggest the restless need to explore that fuels many a journey in her her song The Road I Go on her album All the Way Home.

Rhonda Vincent‘s Bluegrass Express is true to life on the road, whatever your musical genre of choice. It’s fun, it’s funny, it’s filled with high energy. Vincent and her musical friends will have you singing and clapping (watch that if you’re the driver) along. to their fast paced fun,

Irish American singer and songwriter Cathie Ryan will quite likely having you joining the chorus, as well, but on a rather different sort of song. Somewhere Along The Road, written by Rick Kemp, is reflective ballad about the persistence of hope, love, and connection as we travel life’s journeys.

There are loads of other great songs about the road, its mysteries, connections, and changes. Hinojosa’s Louisiana Road Song is one, there’s Caroline Herring’s consideration of layers of history in her song Trace and Kathy Mattea‘s take on change in Coal Tattoo and The Coming of the Roads, Lee Ann Womack’s break up and starting over song Little Past Little Rock, Carrie Newcomer’s gospel tinged Where You Been?, Mary Black‘s benediction in Bless the Road That Carries You.

Here’s to your trips, by road and otherwise, and the music you choose to take along.

photographs of Tish Hinojosa and of the Appalachians are by Kerry Dexter, and are copyrighted. thank you for respecting this.

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  1. Claudia August 9, 2012
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