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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…

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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…

Smashing Pumpkins frontman takes Route 66 again

Smashing Pumpkins frontman takes Route 66 again

Billy Corgan, best-known as the singer and songwriter for the 1990s band Smashing Pumpkins, recently meandered across America, including parts of Route 66 in Arizona and California. There’s no real point to the video, except Corgan does like the old…

R.I.P., Al Jarreau

R.I.P., Al Jarreau

Word came over Sunday afternoon that Grammy-winning singer Al Jarreau, whose vocal talents in jazz, R&B and pop were as treasured in the music industry as his excellent record sales, died in Los Angeles. Jarreau was 76. He was hospitalized and abruptly…

Rockabilly on the Route festival to take a hiatus in 2018

Rockabilly on the Route festival to take a hiatus in 2018

Organizers of Rockabilly on the Route in Tucumcari, New Mexico, will take an indefinite break from the music festival starting in 2018 to reassess its future — including the possibility of taking it on the road. Organizers on the Rockabilly on the…

Readers vote Nat King Cole as recording the best version of “Route 66”

Readers vote Nat King Cole as recording the best version of “Route 66”

A little more than a year ago, I posted a story and online readers poll about the many versions of “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” over the decades. I promised a follow-up on the top vote-getter within a week…

A collage of images from West Texas

A collage of images from West Texas

This stunning video features the images of Wyman Meinzer, the official photographer for the state of Texas, and the music of Doug Smith. The images don’t strictly come from Route 66 — although Palo Duro Canyon State Park south of Amarillo…

“Most Amazing Views of Route 66”

“Most Amazing Views of Route 66”

If you have an hour or so, check out this new video by Roamin’ Rich Dinkela and Jamie Jessop showing views of Route 66 landmarks with the help of a drone. Interspersed occasionally in the footage are old images to…

Bob Seger releases tribute song to Eagles founder Glenn Frey

Bob Seger releases tribute song to Eagles founder Glenn Frey

  Rock ‘n’ roll legend Bob Seger a few months ago wrote a song in tribute to the late Glenn Frey, co-founder of The Eagles. Seger is offering the tune away as a free download. Frey, 67, died a little more…

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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