Various ‘Lost Highways’ – American Road Songs from the 1920’s – 1950’s – CD/DL054

054Various ‘Lost Highways’ – American Road Songs from the 1920’s – 1950’s – CD/DL054

Released: 27th July 2009, CD and Download

The Mythology that has built up around America’s epic road system is as broad as the continent itself. Until recently it was the only way for normal folk to travel, passing through small towns, past farmsteads, gas stations, staying in cheap motels and watching the vast landscape through the windshield. It’s the world of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and the place where the ‘Road Movie’ and the ‘Road Song’ were invented! The U.S. route map penetrates the American song book to the core- Musicians touring by bus or car on the way to their next show ate up the road influencing their lives and material whether it be Country, Blues, Gospel, Soul or Rock n Roll.The road too is often used as a metaphor for life’s rich journey, death or straying from the good Christian path. This is a unique album that’s been created over many miles and one you should maybe listen to whilst taking a ‘road trip’ all of your own, preferably under wide open skies – or just listen at home and let the songs fuel and colour your own imaginary journey!


1. Clarence Garlow – Route 90 1953
2. Buddy and Bob – Down the Line   Demo Circa 1955
3. Amos Milburn – Down the Road apiece 12th Sept 1946
4. Jazz Gillum – Key to the Highway   9th May 1940
5. Nat ‘King’ Cole – Route 66 15th March 1946
6. Woody Guthrie – Going down the road feeling Bad   24th April 1944
7. Sister Rosetta Tharpe – The Lonesome Road  1938
8. Norridge Mayhams and the Blue Chips – Stay on the Right side of the Road 1936
9. Gatemouth Moore – Highway 61 1948
10. Robert Johnson – Crossroads Blues version 1 27th Nov 1936
11. Howlin’ Wolf – Driving This Highway   Sept 1951
12. McKinney’s Cotton Pickers – Rocky Road   3rd Nov 1930
13. Ashley and Foster – Haunted road Blues 2nd Dec 1931
14. Johnny Cash – Wide Open Road   Sun Demo Circa late 1954
15. Big Joe Williams – 49 Highway Blues 25th Feb 1935
16. Jimmy Reed – State Street Boogie 3rd April 1957
17. Hank Williams – I’ve been down that road before   Radio Session Circa 1951
18. Jerry Lee Lewis – End of the Road 14th Nov 1956
19. Jack Kelly – Highway No 61 Blues 1st Aug 1933
20. The Soul Stirrers – The Last Mile of The Way   17 Aug 1955
  • ‘An A-Z of routes rockin’- an essential mix of blues, country, rockabilly, R&B and gospel.’ Jon Harrington,MOJO, Aug 2009.
  •   ‘ Fine set of old rockabilly,blues,country and gospel.’ Rob Hughes, Uncut, Aug 2009.