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Hello from Transylvania

Another music tune today. Here’s band called Night Losers, based in the Transylvania section of Romania, that combine folk-rock with traditional music. (Hat tip: Denny Gibson) Advertisements Advertisements

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A blues player’s take on “Route 66”

Frank Kocevar of Historic Seligman Sundries passed along this version of Bobby Troup’s “Route 66” performed by blues musician Paul J. Miles. Yes, he messed up one of the lyrics. But, as Kocevar did, I found Miles’ enthusiasm infectious.

Hello from Japan

For more of a punk-rock feel of Bobby Troup’s famous road song, here are The Virgins of Japan performing “Route 66.” Sounds like they gobbled a fistful of trucker speed before going into the studio.

Nominate endangered Route 66 places to the National Trust list

If you think a Route 66 landmark faces imminent danger from the wrecking ball, you can do something that might make a difference. Kaisa Bartuli at the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is recommending that roadies make nominations to the National…

Eastern Flyer train passes by Rock Creek Bridge

Passenger rail service returned for the first time in many years last week with the Eastern Flyer train that starts in the Route 66 town of Sapulpa, Okla., and goes to Oklahoma City suburb of Midwest City and back again.…

A trip down Memory Lane in a 1950 Hudson

Here’s a nearly quarter-century-old video from Dan Uscian cruising Route 66 near Lexington, Ill., in his 1950 Hudson, including a 1926 alignment now called Memory Lane that includes re-creations of vintage billboards. The original stretch of Route 66 in Lexington…

Has a sea change occurred with Route 66 tourism?

About 100 residents of the St. Louis suburb of Crestwood, Mo., recently gave opinions on how to revitalize the Watson Road, aka Route 66, according to an article in Call Newspapers. It’s encouraging enough so many showed up to an…

VFW wants to restore Skylark Motel tower and neon

The Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 2482 will apply for a grant to restore the tower and its “neon scene” of the former Skylark Motel in west St. Clair, Mo., according to an article by The Missourian. The VFW post,…

El Garces may reopen as soon as March as a depot

The historic El Garces Hotel in Needles, Calif., may reopen as early as late March as an intermodal transportation facility — but not as a hotel — after a long rehabilitation, according to a recent report by the Needles Daily Star. According…

Route 66 Wind project east of Amarillo secures financing

Boston-based First Wind announced Wednesday it had obtained $206 million in financing for its Route 66 Wind energy project in Armstrong and Carson counties near Amarillo, according to a news release from the company. First Wind obtained financing help from Morgan Stanley…

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