Kings of the Road: From Ramblin' Jack to Kerouac


May 20th, 2009 ~ Get your key to the highway... this American Routes looks at "the road" as destination, inspiration and home away from home in blues, country, jazz and more. Folkie and fellow traveler Ramblin' Jack Elliot recalls the allure of the road in music and life. Plus, historian and author Douglas Brinkley joins us to speak on travel as muse for beat author Jack Kerouac and others.

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  • Open Bed: 912 Greens Ramblin Jack Elliott
    Me & Bobby McGee , Rounder
  • King of the Road James Booker
    Classified , Rounder
  • I've Got a Mind to Ramble Alberta Hunter
    Amtrak Blues , Columbia
  • Hobo, You Can't Ride This Train Louis Armstrong
    The Complete RCA Victor Recordings , BMG
  • Railroadin' Some Henry 'Ragtime Texas' Thomas
    Night Train: Classic Railroad Songs, Volume 3 , Rounder
  • Train Whistle Blues Jimmie Rodgers
    The Singing Brakeman , Bear Family
  • Travelin in My Shoes Cindy Walker
    Country Girl: The Complete Transcription Recordings of Cindy Walker, Vol.2 , Soundies
  • Instrumental: A Mansion On The Hill Original Drifting Cowboy Band
    Hank Williams Instrumentals , Landmark
  • (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle Hank Williams
    The Complete Hank Williams , Mercury
  • Blue Train Johnny Cash
    The Man in Black: 1954 - 1958 , Bear Family
  • Wayside / Back In Time Gillian Welch
    Soul Journey , Acony
  • SEGMENT: Ramblin' Jack Elliott
  • Instrumental: Bound For Canaan (Sieber & Davis) Ry Cooder
    Music By Ry Cooder , Warner Bros
  • Ramblin' Fever Merle Haggard
    20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Merle Haggard , MCA
  • Six Days on the Road The Flying Burrito Brothers
    The Definitive Collection , Hip-O
  • All I Want Joni Mitchell
    Blue , Reprise
  • Wagon Wheel Old Crow Medicine Show
    O.C.M.S. , Nettwerk
  • Boxcar Neil Young
    Chrome Dreams II , Reprise
  • End Bed: King of the Road Wes Montgomery
    Ultimate Wes Montgomery , Verve
  • Open Bed: Travelin' (Breakdown Take) Kenny Burrell and Jimmy Smith
    Blue Bash! , Blue Note
  • Packin' Up Marion Williams
    Born To Sing The Gospel , Shanachie
  • Hard Road to Travel Jimmy Cliff
    Anthology , Hip-O
  • Travelin Man Stevie Wonder
    Greatest Hits, Vol.2 , Motown
  • Travelin' Blues T-Bone Walker
    The Complete Imperial Recordings, 1950-1954 , EMI
  • Roamin-itis Eddie Bo
    Check Mr. Popeye , Rounder
  • Como un Errante (Like a Wanderer) Freddie Fender
    Canciones de Mi Barrio: The Roots of Tejano Rock , Arhoolie
  • Instrumental: In Shades Tom Waits
    Heartattack And Vine , Elektra
  • History of Bop Jack Kerouac
    Readings By Jack Kerouac On the Beat Generation , Verve
  • SEGMENT: Douglas Brinkley
  • Matchbox Sonny Burgess & Bobby Crafford and The Pacers
    The Razorback Rock and Roll Tapes , Collector/IODA
  • Flight 505 The Rolling Stones
    Aftermath , ABKCO
  • Instrumental: 501 Boogie Professor Longhair
    Rum and Coke , Tomato
  • Key to the Highway Rockin' Dopsie, Jr.
    Rockin' Zydeco Party , Mardi Gras
  • Another Travelin' Song Bright Eyes
    I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning , Saddle Creek
  • This Land is Your Land Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
    Naturally , Daptone
  • End Bed: Travelin' Kenny Burrell and Jimmy Smith
    Blue Bash! , Blue Note