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What now would be the cities in the “Route 66” song?

What now would be the cities in the “Route 66” song?

Andrea Sachs, a Washington Post reporter who’s driven Route 66 and written about it several times, recently posited an interesting mental exercise. If Bobby Troup were writing “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” in 2017, what cities would he include…

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Frank and Lynne Kocevar’s Arizona Christmas card

It’s become a tradition for Frank and Lynne Kocevar of the Route 66 Experience and former owners of Historic Seligman Sundries in Seligman, Arizona, to produce their annual video Christmas card from Arizona. And here it is. Merry Christmas from…

A 2,400-mile performance of “Route 66”

Music teacher Andy Jarema, thanks to some slick editing, performs Bobby Troup’s “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” on trumpet¬†on the 10 locations mentioned in the song — plus Santa Monica as a bonus. Jarema wrote about his journey in…

Memories of Leon Russell

Memories of Leon Russell

A lot of Tulsa residents are glum today. That’s because songwriter and session musician Leon Russell died in his sleep at age 74, it was announced Sunday. Russell was Tulsa’s favorite musical son. He certainly became the city’s most prominent…

New Bob Dylan artwork features Route 66

New Bob Dylan artwork features Route 66

A new show, “The Beaten Path,” at a gallery in London¬†features Bob Dylan artwork that includes several images of Route 66. The Halcyon Gallery is showing the famed singer-songwriter and recent Nobel laureate’s acrylic paintings, sketches and watercolors of American…

Hello from Seligman

Hello from Seligman

It’s good to see Joe Clark still busking in front of the Rusty Bolt store along Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona. A few videos of him performing are floating around the Internet. This spirited cover of Bobby Troup’s most famous…

Harley Russell documentary premieres Saturday at short-film festival

Harley Russell documentary premieres Saturday at short-film festival

Filmmaker March Mercanti will premiere his documentary about Harley Russell of the Mediocre Music Makers in Erick, Oklahoma, on Saturday at the San Jose International Short Film Festival. The nearly 14-minute film is titled simply “Harley.” Here is the summary: Despite living…

Another band takes inspiration from Route 66

Another band takes inspiration from Route 66

It appears we can add another music group that takes a lot of inspiration from Route 66. It’s the Mother Road Trio, based in the Route 66 town of Flagstaff, Arizona. It’s got a new album, “On Route 66,” coming…

Singer’s new music video is a postcard from Tucumcari

Singer’s new music video is a postcard from Tucumcari

Albuquerque native and pop-country singer Alex Stern released a music video for her song “Runaways” a few days ago. The video shot by Randy Shaffer practically is a love letter to the Route 66 town of Tucumcari, New Mexico. It…

New song by Chely Wright mentions Tucumcari

New song by Chely Wright mentions Tucumcari

Not only does the new song by Chely Wright about a truck-stop waitress evoke the open road, but it mentions the small-but-classic Route 66 town of Tucumcari, New Mexico, about halfway through. Here it is. The song is called “Mexico.”…

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