Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Call of the Open Road

Thoughts of a return to the road have brought mixed feelings. On one hand I have always enjoyed the freedom that is part of having no ties to the land. I also miss the days of working long hard days for a year and then taking off for three or four months to enjoy what is really important in this life.

Now that I have been settled in one place for over a decade, I am beginning to see some of the advantages of setting roots. Why, just last month we were looking at farmland in the county just south of here.

It’s a tough decision. Fortunately, we are not forced to make that decision any time soon. This little exercise has lifted my spirits just by showing that we have other options available to us. That knowledge is like having a safety net when discontent sets in again.

Whether we pack in all up and hit the road for good or just blow off work for a week-long road trip, the road still calls.

The Foghorn Stringband - Lonesome Road Blues.mp3
more: foghornstringband.com

Billy Gray and His Western Okies - Further On Down The Road.mp3

Roy Hogsed - Ain't A Bump In The Road.mp3

Doc Watson-Call of the Road.mp3

Chuck Brodsky - Goddamned Blessed Road.mp3
more: chuckbrodsky.com

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals - Deliverance Road.mp3
more: gracepotter.com

Adrienne Young - River and a Dirt Road.mp3
more: adrienneyoung.com


Anonymous G-Dub said...


I'm glad you're back, and thanks for the music. The Adrienne Young song is my favorite out of the bunch. Reminds me of the dirt road that led to Stumptown on the banks of the Iowa River. My friends and I spent a lot of time their in our youth, fishing, camping and sorting out our lives.

The only advice I could give you with regards to leaving Virginia would be not to end up too far away from a good dirt road.

I suspect that's something you already know.

February 20, 2008 8:27 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Good to hear from you. Nothing helps to sort out life better than a river and a dirt road. I make it a point to never be far from either.

February 20, 2008 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Rambler said...

Howdy Friend,

Maybe you could help me start a journey of my own. I came to this blog by googling "Hillbilly Boogie". I'm a 50 year old guy like you. I'm an amateur musician who's been into a lot of styles, but Blues is pretty much as close as I got to "Roots" music. Heard some Western Swing I liked, but never followed up. Very little C&W listening.

Now here's a funny story. My wife likes Country so I've opened up my mind a little. The other night, we ended up watching a movie on TV which was "Love Can Build A Bridge", on the Country channel, it was the story of the Judds. A group I never knew or cared about.

In the movie, Naomi and Wynnona got their start when they auditioned for a music professor at the college Naomi was attending. The Prof was very dubious but when he heard them, he was entranced and said, "OK, you're great!" And I had the very same reaction.

The song they did was an old-timey boogie-woogie duet that was just awesome. I should have written the name down but I was just hypnotized. My wife fell asleep but I watched the whole flick. There was plenty of other good music, some of it a little slick but there was Traditional type stuff too.

I can't get it out of my mind. I need to find out what that song was (yes I'll hafta buy some of their CD's now) and also I need to find out about what the hell these gals grew up on to give them such an awesome musical heritage.

And I hardly know where to begin, and the internet ain't helping that much. Any thoughts? I can play simple guitar, better bass, good drums, I sing, write, and am a hardcore music fan. But the Appalachian bug, or whatever it is, never bit me until just now. And I want to follow this dream, hopin' to get on the right road if I can find a signpost...


February 21, 2008 12:34 AM  
Anonymous rambler said...

P.S. Just to prove I have a working brain I ought to say that a couple of quick peeks into your blog look like it's a GREAT resource for the quest I'm looking to embark on, so let me say, thanks for putting this information out! Glad I found you.

Due to tech-nickle difficulties my computer speakers are currently not functional -- I need to correct that glitch ASAP I now see.

February 21, 2008 12:48 AM  
Blogger pineyflatwoodsgirl said...

Hi Ed
If you get near Florida, holler at me...of course you could take an inner journey too, and probably experience lots of new places! *wink* *wink*

February 21, 2008 10:45 AM  
Anonymous dan said...

I knew it wouldn't take too long before I could roll up the sleeping bag and place two shiny apples on your desk! Great posts. The Billy Gray is filthy dirty (good for you!), and the Roy Hogsed I only ever heard by Wayne Hancock (I think). Like others, the Adrienne Young is amazing. You mighta just sold another CD.

February 21, 2008 8:32 PM  
Anonymous countrygrrl said...

just a great blog all round, love reading your stuff!!!! elvis costello was a memory jogger remember buying the vinyl and trying to suss out the words...thanks and more thanks!!!!

February 22, 2008 9:01 AM  
Anonymous john said...

imdb.com to the rescue!
Here's the soundtrack for the film:

by Mac David / Brent Maher / Michael Reid
Performed by The Judds
Courtesy of The Judds:Farewell Concert

by Joni Mitchell
Performed by Wynonna Judd

Written by Elvis Presley / Otis Blackwell
Performed by The Judds
Courtesy of RCA Records

by Charlie Midnight / Dick Rudolph
Performed by The Bonnevilles

by Bob Wills / John Wills

Performed by The Judds

by Jamie O'Hara
Performed by The Judds
Courtesy of The Judds:Farewell Concert

by Dennis Linde
Performed by The Judds
Courtesy of RCA Records

by A.P. Carter
Performed by The Judds
Courtesy of RCA Records

by Alton Delmore / Rabon Delmore
Performed by The Judds

by Miles Austin
Performed by The Los Angeles Concert Singers

by Lawrence Hammond
Performed by The Judds
Courtesy of RCA Records

by Naomi Judd
Performed by The Judds

by Paul Kennerley / Brent Maher / Carl Perkins
Performed by The Judds
Courtesy of RCA Records

by Naomi Judd / John Jarvis / Paul Overstreet
Performed by The Judds
Courtesy of THE JUDDS:Farewell Concert

by Kenny O'Dell
Performed by The Judds
Courtesy of RCA Records

by Trixie Smith
Performed by The Judds

by Naomi Judd / John Jarvis
Performed by The Judds
Courtesy of RCA Records

by Brent Maher / Don Schlitz
Performed by The Judds
Courtesy of RCA Records

by Chuck Río
Performed by The Bonnevilles

by J.B. Coates
Performed by Hazel & Alice
Courtesy of Rounder Records
Performed by The Judds and Laura Morgan

by Brent Maher / Don Schlitz / Craig Bickhardt
Performed by The Judds
Courtesy of RCA Records

by Brent Maher / Howard Harlan / James Throckmorton
Performed by The Judds
Courtesy of RCA Records

February 22, 2008 9:39 AM  
Anonymous rambler said...

Thanks John!

I now believe the tune may have been "Hillbilly Boogie" by the Delmore Brothers. I'm going to keep researching till I'm sure. Along with the Judds, I've already learned about 6 times more than I knew before, about the side of American music that I never knew.

Got them speakers fixed. Now I can start listenin' to a lot of new stuff, starting right here. Yee haw! ;-)

February 22, 2008 11:58 PM  
Blogger Ed said...


Welcome aboard the Bus, Rambler! As you’ve already found, your fellow riders are a small but friendly group. Kudos to John for his fine research and helpful response to Rambler’s inquiry.

Go ahead and roll up that sleeping bag, Dan (but keep it within reach, just in case.) As Pineyflatwoodsgirl reminded us, we don’t always have to pack up all of our physical belongings to make a change. Perhaps an inner journey was all I needed, although some Autoharp music and quiet paddle on Florida’s backwaters does sound awfully good about now.

I hope you’ve got those speakers working, Rambler, ‘cause this old Bus is now boarding for destinations unknown once again. As always, we’ll stick to the back roads and stop for anything that catches our ear.

February 24, 2008 12:42 PM  
Anonymous black dog said...

Yes Ed ! The bus and truck tour ! One night in New Orleans or a week of violins giving in to those steel slide guitars from Tennessee to Waxahachee that is if you don't leave your record collection and computer on the dirt road by the side of the river.
Well, it's been interesting missing you but good to be on the road again. Some of the greatest peoples on the planet were nomads, and though not necessarily romantic or nostalgic(sentiments to be avoided), it is about moving on.
Adrienne and Grace set the tenor of things quite well. And the OBBus...well in its way a quiet revolution but an attractive force.

Welcome back Blue Ryder !

All thoughts fly... k.

February 24, 2008 2:58 PM  

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