Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tune in Tuesday — Road Trip

Tune in Tuesday is a weekly music feature that was originally hosted by the fabulous Ginger at GReads. However, for the time being, Katelyn of Kate's Tales of Books and Bands will be hosting. It's probably obvious by now that I love music almost as much as I love books! When I found out about Tune in Tuesday, I couldn't resist getting in on the action! Be sure to check back every week for new music and if you'd like to join us, just drop by Katelyn's blog and link up your post!

By the time this posts, I'll have been driving for *checks watch* four hours already.

...And after four hours on the road, I'll still have another eight hours of drive time before I reach my destination.

You know what I'm going to need for this trip, right?

Well... Besides a large pile of snacks and ridiculous amounts of coffee, I mean.

It's time to put together the all-important road trip playlist!

And since I'm driving, I get to choose the music. House rules... To quote Dean Winchester, "Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cakehole."

In honor of Dean, the first song on the playlist will be Survivor—Eye of the Tiger. Is there a better song to get you pumped up about... well... anything? And besides. I really just wanted an excuse to post this outtake from season four. It's kind of priceless.

This next one is a song that I've played as the first song of every solo road trip I've taken in the last year.  If you recognize the song (and know the movie it's from), you'll understand why it's a perfect road trip song. It's Gogol Bordello—Through the Roof 'N' Underground. And when you're hitting the road half-awake and not-quite-caffeinated at three in the morning, it's exactly what you need to hear.... Or maybe I'm just weird. That's possible, too.

On the country end of the spectrum we have a little Brantley Gilbert with the song Hell on Wheels. Guaranteed to earn you funny looks when you start rocking out at a red light. With bonus Popcorn Sutton photos... because it is a song about runnin' shine after all. It's only right. ;)

And last but certainly not least—another band that's a road trip favorite of mine—LUCERO! And, okay, Lucero is kind of a favorite of mine all the time and not just on road trips. Love those guys. I can think of almost half a dozen road trips I've taken just to see them in concert, so a long drive without Lucero just seems wrong at this point. Here's Lucero's song California as the soundtrack to another crazy trip, illustrated entirely in photographic stills. It's amazing. Just see for yourself.

San Francisco from DEREK WOODS on Vimeo.

 What about you guys? What songs are must-haves for your road trip playlists?


  1. I love your roadtrip picks! My favorite is Hell on Wheels! Whenever my best friend go on roadtrips together (which is really quite often) we always are sure to include Wilson Phillips, REO Speedwagon, Soul Decision, and Korn. It's an odd mix but it works for us lol!
    p.s. I LOVE the Supernatural references today! I was just watching that show this morning!

    1. I absolutely love your road trip picks! Might have to add some more songs to my playlist now. :) And yay for Supernatural! I keep hoping I'll find the chance to re-watch all the episodes from the beginning... Such a great show! :)

  2. Love Supernatural! Great videos. Dean is my favorite :D

    1. Oh, Dean. I <3 him so. Jensen Ackles is wonderful... And any guy that uses his leg as an air guitar while pantomiming Eye of the Tiger gets my undivided attention. :)

  3. Hahaha! I seriously adore that Gogol Bordello song! I have no idea what it's from, but it makes me laugh. DEAN!!! Oh my word, I love Jensen Ackles. That is my favorite outtake ever! It's hilarious. I can definitely see why you put that Lucero song in the mix... it's bouncy! I freakin' love making roadtrip playlists! I had quite a few that started with How the Day Sounds by Greg Laswell. It was a good one to start with in the morning because it was fairly calm... I startle easy in the a.m. I also usually have some Muse, Anberlin, Stars and others, too. They're usually tailored to my mood or where I'm going. :)

    Thanks for sharing! Drive safe!!

    1. Isn't the Gogol Bordello song great? It's actually from a movie called Wristcutters (a dark comedy that turns a very serious subject matter into a pretty heartwarming story about the consequences of your life choices, the idea of redemption and about finding hope and love in the darkest {and strangest} of places). The song ends up as the soundtrack to a road trip within the movie... And it's hilarious and awesome and I fell in love with it the first time I heard it... And Dean! *sigh* I love that character so, so much. I'll be checking out that Greg Laswell song and Stars first chance I get since I don't think I've heard them yet. Thanks! :)

  4. AC/DC is a MUST for any road trip! I would probably pick "Highway to Hell," but "Back in Black" is also an awesome choice! The Gogol Bordello song is strange, but not in a bad way. :) And I could totally get into the Lucero song -- bouncy, loud guitars are always fun!

    Hmm, now I'm thinking about my own road trip picks...this could take a while...

    1. Excellent choices! And now I'll be rocking out to AC/DC for the rest of the afternoon. :)