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Joliet lukewarm to Route 66 The Road to Rock museum idea

Joliet lukewarm to Route 66 The Road to Rock museum idea

A pitchman wants a Route 66 The Road to Rock museum in downtown Joliet, Illinois, but a few city officials seemed tepid to the idea — especially the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Ron Romero proposed his idea — which aims…

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Axl Rose wears Coral Court Motel shirt during St. Louis show

Axl Rose wears Coral Court Motel shirt during St. Louis show

Among the many fascinating things that occurred during the Guns N’ Roses concert Thursday in St. Louis was frontman Axl Rose wearing a Coral Court Motel T-shirt. For those unfamiliar, the Coral Court Motel was one of the most distinctive…

Replacement festival opposed for Rockabilly on the Route

Replacement festival opposed for Rockabilly on the Route

A proposal by a city official to organize a replacement festival for the discontinued Rockabilly on the Route music fest in Tucumcari, New Mexico, was tabled after Rockabilly’s co-organizer said such a bid would be “theft” of intellectual property. Rockabilly…

A film portrait of Harley Russell

A film portrait of Harley Russell

I doubt you’ll find a more candid or heartbreaking film about Harley Russell, one-half of the Mediocre Music Makers in Erick, Oklahoma, than this one. A description of the film: Despite living in the small town of Erick, Oklahoma and…

Route 66 fan producing documentary on music scene of Springfield, Missouri

Route 66 fan producing documentary on music scene of Springfield, Missouri

Dave Hoekstra, a big Route 66 fan for much of his 30-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times, is producing a film series about unheralded rich music scenes in the United States, including Springfield, Missouri. Titled “Song of an Unsung America,”…

Hello from Australia

Hello from Australia

Here’s a good performance of Bobby Troup’s “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” by singer Linda Taylor and standup bassist Elsen Price. Both are based in Australia. This is recorded live in the studio, with no lip-syncing. With such a…

Songs for “Cars 3” soundtrack announced

Songs for “Cars 3” soundtrack announced

Disney-Pixar recently announced the songs and artists that will be on the eight-song “Cars 3” movie soundtrack. The songs include originals by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and blues rocker ZZ Ward, four covers of classic songs and two instrumentals by…

Route 66 festival returns to Lebanon after seven-year hiatus

Route 66 festival returns to Lebanon after seven-year hiatus

The Lebanon Route 66 Festival in Lebanon, Missouri, will return next month after a seven-year break, including a concert and gathering at the historic Munger Moss Motel. The Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society and the Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department…

Rockabilly on the Route tickets giveaway

Rockabilly on the Route tickets giveaway

The fifth annual (and possibly last) Rockabilly on the Route in Tucumcari, New Mexico, will take place June 1-4, and we have six pairs of tickets to give away to see the live-music performers during the festival. To enter the giveaway,…

Joplin announces “Fiddlers on the Route” music festival

Joplin announces “Fiddlers on the Route” music festival

Joplin, Missouri, will host a two-day “Fiddlers on the Route” music festival — including the Nashville-based The Road Crew — on June 30 and July 1 in the city’s Landreth Park amphitheater. The Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau and Connect2Culture…

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