We begin thinking about the journey when we’re packing our gear – tent and all. What route will we take? What will we see and do on the way? What road food will we stop for? What games can we play in the truck?
Music is always a big question. We like to enhance the journey by getting in the mood for being close to the land – roughing it, you know? This is fun, but there’s obviously a strategy behind the list, and the sequence. Will the kids get bored? Will they be begging for something different within five minutes? The music has to be fun, the words have to be easy to understand and the sound has to be classic to satisfy the older and the younger man in the car who both have a real penchant for almost anything old school.
Our playlist always includes John Denver, Johnny Cash, Junior Brown, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson and Chris Ledoux. Here’s our list of favorites… what classics are we missing?
- Thank God I’m a Country Boy, John Denver
- A Horse with No Name, America
- A Boy Named Sue, Johnny Cash
- Don’t Take Your Guns to Town, Johnny Cash
- Better Together, Jack Johnson
- Highway Patrol, Junior Brown
- If I had a Boat, Lyle Lovett
- Take Me Home, Country Roads, John Denver
- My Wife Thinks You’re Dead, Junior Brown
- This Cowboy’s Hat, Chris LeDoux
- Georgia on My Mind, Willie Nelson
- Diamonds on the Souls of her Shoes, Paul Simon
- Cadillac Ranch, Chris LeDoux
- Heartaches by the Numbers, Ray Price
- Mammas Don’t let your Babies Grow up to be Cowboys, Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings