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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,”…

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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…

Revamped finale at Meramec Caverns

Revamped finale at Meramec Caverns

A few days ago, a friend of mine commented on Facebook she and her children took a tour of Meramec Caverns in Stanton, Missouri, including the big light-show-and-music finale in the caverns’ Theatre Room. She mentioned Celine Dion sang “God…

Red-hot electric blues version of “Route 66”

Red-hot electric blues version of “Route 66”

We’re doing a little traveling — guess where? — so posting might be a little light for a couple of days. In the meantime, I dug up a video from the archives that’s a favorite in electric-blues circles, for good…

A new version of “Route 66”

A new version of “Route 66”

This video of new material being previewed by musician Inda Eaton surfaced a few days ago. This song is titled “Route 66,” but it bears little resemblance to the 1946 classic tune written by Bobby Troup and popularized by Nat…

Chuck Berry, R.I.P.

Chuck Berry, R.I.P.

Word came over Saturday afternoon that Chuck Berry, the Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll, died at his home near Wentzville, Missouri, west of St. Louis, at age 90. Local authorities didn’t give a cause of death, but Chuck’s son said…

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