June 15, 2011

i still got the keys to let it ride

It’s early. The birds are chirping. The bags are packed (minus the sweet new camping gear I ordered, which Amazon.com is holding hostage) and the sold-out 38th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival begins tomorrow. Today is a day for cars full of friends driving along the Arkansas River on our way into the mountain haven of Telluride.

The Denver Post’s Reverb music writers and I will be sharing a ride over the hills, and, because I have found my people (who TRULY UNDERSTAND WHAT IS IMPORTANT), we have made a collaborative mix to bring in the car and feature on both our sites. Because that is what music writers do when faced with a daunting task. We work together and make a mix; ten songs each.

These songs are a little rootsy, some about travel, many about summer, and most about love.

And yes, I do fully comprehend the cruel irony of a roadtrip driving mix only being available in a streaming format.


Side A: Fuel/Friends
1. “Let It Ride” – Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
2. “Stop The Bus” – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
3. “July 4, 2004″ – Jason Anderson
4. “Can’t Hardly Wait” – The Replacements
5. “Another Travelin’ Song” (live) – Bright Eyes
6. “Unless It’s Kicks” – Okkervil River
7. “We’re All Stuck Out In The Desert” – Johnathan Rice
8. “Penny On The Train Track” – Ben Kweller
9. “Walt Whitman Bridge” – Marah
10. “You Are The Everything” (R.E.M) – Redbird

Side B: Reverb
1. “The Modern Age” – The Strokes
2. “Louisiana” – The Walkmen
3. “That’s Not The Issue” – Wilco
4. “Poor Man” – Old Crow Medicine Show
5. “Wide Open Road” – Johnny Cash
6. “Arms Like Boulders” – The War On Drugs
7. “Freak Train” – Kurt Vile
8. “Lost Highway” – Hank Williams
9. “The Mountain” – Steve Earle & the Del McCoury Band
10. “Pretty Girl From Cedar Lane” – The Avett Brothers

I’ll be updating my Twitter and other social media-type things from the festival as connectivity allows (I believe you will be able to stream the festival on KOTO.org!), and I will be back next week, sated with all that good music ringing in my ears.

[top image: U.S. Route 285 South, just over Kenosha Pass. Photo by John Hendrickson. Photo illustration by Marc Hobelman, Denver Post]

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  • Awesome list! There’s no denying the power of listening to Bright Eyes “Another Travelin’ Song”on the road. I’m sad I can’t make it to Telluride this year, but definitely don’t miss Michael Daves and Chris Thile, not only is he an amazing picker and singer, he’s an excellent guitar teacher too! Also – I wrote a song the day after Telluride last year called “Dust Still on My Boots” – about the festival. So if you need a song about leaving, check it out (and download it for free!) on http://kerrilowe.bandcamp.com/album/move-free.

    Enjoy the Fest!

    Kerri Lowe — June 15, 2011 @ 8:22 am

  • Thanks for the work you do maintaining this site.
    Have recently started listening to Grace Potter – and I can’t stop listening.

    Jon Beall — June 15, 2011 @ 8:37 am

  • I am insanely jealous. I moved to Colorado Springs about a year ago and waited too long to buy tickets for this. I’m going next year, no matter what.

    Bryan — June 15, 2011 @ 9:02 am

  • Nice mix! Is also funny to have a streaming playlist along a road where there’s hardly any signal. Just drove that road today, beautiful drive, beautiful destination, beautiful music! Have a great time!

    Cathy — June 15, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

  • Redbird? Are you kidding me?? I am enjoying this site more and more everyday!!

    Jon — June 20, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

  • one of my favorite covers ever recorded, ever!

    browneheather — June 20, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
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