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Out Of The Vault: Roads and Highway - January 26. 2013

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Willie Nelson - ON THE ROAD AGAIN – "On the Road Again" is a song made famous by Willie Nelson, and is part of the soundtrack to the 1980 movie Honeysuckle Rose.  The song, about life on tour, came about when the executive producer of Honeysuckle Rose approached Nelson about writing the song. "On the Road Again" became Nelson's 9th No. 1 hit overall (6th as a solo recording act) in November 1980, and became one of Nelson's most recognizable tunes. In addition, the song reached No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his biggest pop hit to that time. Nelson won Grammy Award for Best Country Song a year later.  Taken from “Essential Willie Nelson” – Vol. 2”, 2003
 

Bonnie Raitt – THE ROAD’S MY MIDDLE NAME – Bonnie Lynn Raitt (born November 8, 1949) is an American blues singer-songwriter and slide guitar player. She is, the daughter of Broadway musical star John Raitt and his first wife, pianist Marjorie Haydock, and began playing guitar at an early age, something few of her high school female friends did. Later she would become famous for her bottleneck-style guitar playing. "I had played a little at school and at camp", she later recalled in a July 2002 interview. During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of acclaimed roots-influenced albums which incorporated elements of blues, rock, folk and country, but she is perhaps best known for her more commercially accessible recordings in the 1990s including "Nick of Time", "Something to Talk About", "Love Sneakin' Up on You", and the slow ballad "I Can't Make You Love Me".   From the CD “The Bridge School Concerts, Vol. 1”, 1997.

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Derek & The Dominos – KEY TO THE HIGHWAY -  "Key to the Highway" is a blues standard first recorded by blues pianist Charlie Segar in 1940. The song was also recorded by Jazz Gillum and Big Bill Broonzy in 1940–41, and it was later a R&B record chart success for Little Walter in 1958. Since then, a variety of artists have interpreted it, including Eric Clapton, who has recorded several versions of the song. From the Eric Claption “4 CD set “Crossroads” - a music collection box set by Eric Clapton. The set includes his work with The Yardbirds, John Mayall's Blues Breakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and Derek and the Dominos, as well as his solo career. Several live or alternate studio recordings were previously unreleased.  Released in 1988.

The Band – ENDLESS HIGHWAY – To Kingdom Come: The Definitive Collection is an anthology by Canadian-American rock band The Band, released in 1989. The thirty-one tracks were mostly taken from the group's eight albums on Capitol Records. The group's better-known songs, such as "The Weight", "Up On Cripple Creek", "Chest Fever", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "The Shape I'm In", "Life Is A Carnival" and "It Makes No Difference", are all present. Rarities such as "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever", "Get Up Jake" and "Back to Memphis" are also present.  This version was previously unreleased.

John Hiatt – DRIVE SOUTH – “Drive South" is the title of a song written by John Hiatt, and recorded by him on his 1988 album Slow Turning. Taken from “Hiatt Comes Alive at Budokan”:  Hiatt’s twelfth album and first live album, released in 1994. The album was actually recorded at venues in North America; the title parodies both Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive! and the At Budokan albums released by numerous artists.

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Joe Ely – ROAD HAWG – Joe Ely (born February 9, 1947, Amarillo, Texas, United States) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist whose music touches on honky-tonk, Texas Country, Tex-Mex and rock and roll.  He has had a genre-crossing career, performing with Bruce Springsteen, Uncle Tupelo, Los Super Seven, The Chieftains and James McMurtry in addition to his early work with The Clash and more recent acoustic tours with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, and Guy Clark.  From his “Live at Antone’s” CD, 2000.

Dan Baird – LOST HIGHWAY – Daniel John "Dan" Baird (born 12 December 1953, San Diego, California) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and producer. He is best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist from the chart-topping 80s rock band The Georgia Satellites. Baird formed The Georgia Satellites in 1980 and left the band in 1990 to pursue a solo career. He is often credited as a pioneer in Cowpunk and Alt-country music, which combines elements of Rock with Country, outlaw country and punk rock.  Baird tours and records with his band Homemade Sin, which features three ex-members of The Georgia Satellites, including bassist Keith Christopher and drummer Mauro Magellan. Homemade Sin displays the talents of guitarist Warner E. Hodges, who tours and records with Jason & the Scorchers.  From his first solo CD, “Love Songs For The Hearing Impaired” 1992.

Jason & The Scorchers – TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS – "Take Me Home, Country Roads" (or simply "Country Roads") is a song written by John Denver, Taffy Nivert, and Bill Danoff and initially recorded by John Denver. It was included on his 1971 breakout album Poems, Prayers and Promises; the single went to #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It became one of John Denver's most popular and world-wide beloved songs, and is still very popular around the world, considered to be John Denver's own signature song. It also has a prominent status as an iconic symbol of West VirginiaJason & the Scorchers, originally Jason & the Nashville Scorchers, are a Cowpunk / Country rock band formed in 1981 and led by singer/songwriter Jason Ringenberg.  With a sound that straddles hard rock, punk rock and country music, Jason and the Scorchers are noted for their energetic live performances, and have earned strong reviews from critics: Mark Deming, who declared they "blazed a trail for the cowpunk and alt-country movements that followed in their wake."  From their CD, “A Blazing Grace”, 1995.

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Steve Earle – HILLBILLY HIGHWAY – Steve Earle, (born Stephen Fain Earle on January 17, 1955) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, author and actor. Earle grew up near San Antonio, Texas, and began learning the guitar at age 11.  Earle began his career as a songwriter in Nashville and released his first EP in 1982. His breakthrough album was the 1986 Guitar Town, where this track is from.

Hayes Carll – HIGHWAY 87 – Joshua Hayes Carll (born January 9, 1976), known as Hayes Carll, is a Texas Country singer-songwriter from The Woodlands, Texas (a Houston suburb).   From his CD, “Flowers and Liquor”, 2002

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The Beatles– THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD – "The Long and Winding Road" is a ballad written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney) that originally appeared on the Beatles' album Let It Be.   Taken from their CD:  “Let It Be…Naked”, a 2003 album by The Beatles. It is a remixed & remastered version of their 1970 album Let It Be. The project was overseen by Paul McCartney, who felt that Phil Spector's production did not accurately represent the group's "stripped-down" intentions for the original album. Let It Be... Naked presents the songs "naked" - without Spector's overdubs and without the incidental studio chatter featured between most cuts of the original album.