A Playlist for the American West
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In honor of him, we’ve updated our country playlist from our trip through Wyoming last summer.
Music works its own harmonies into a road trip’s melodies. In Wyoming, we couldn’t escape the strains, no matter how deep we got off the beaten track. Townes van Zandt cracked jokes as we climbed the Blackfoot Mountains and rolled down their backside; June Carter’s clear, harsh tone was debated for miles of flatland driving. Simple Stones and Arlo Guthrie tunes sufficed to let bears know we were coming in the backcountry of the Tetons; Josh Ritter crooned a lullaby to his native state, just over the pass from Jackson. We carried those tunes with us then, by choice or by fate — and now, they carry a little bit of the western air with them, memories and melodies intertwined.