Name a more iconic duo than road trips and tunes. I spend a majority of my free time on the road and I'm always asked how I manage to stay sane or pass the time. My answer is always, "You gotta have good music to listen to!" Most of my travels to abandoned and rural Texas are alone, so playlists and podcasts are an easy way to pass time down the long stretches of highway where very little life exists. So as a self proclaimed road trip queen, it only makes sense to have curated playlists perfected for each type of road trip.
Here are a list of my favorite playlists and podcasts. Leave a comment with your favorites... they just might make this list! I'm always updating and adding new tunes to these, so don't forget to subscribe to get all the latest updates.
Redneck Road Trip: For rednecks who love road trips... sort of.
When you look at me, you probably don't think redneck. But hell, what does that even mean? I'm a native Texan and we have our own way of doing things down here, including making playlists.
This particular playlist is usually my go-to at the start of every trip because, well, it starts with Road Trip by Gary P. Nunn. This one is full of classics and lesser known country and Americana artists that are sure to get you revved up for your long drive (sorry, that was a terrible pun).
For fans of: Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Townes Van Zandt, Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Billy Joe Shaver.
Vaquera Cosmica: For all my cosmic cowgirls out there
Sometimes you just need some tunes to bop to and this playlist is guaranteed to do it. If you get past the second song and don't find yourself wishing you were decked out in your best rhinestone suit cruising down the highway in a red convertible, well, you *might* be doing something wrong.
For fans of: Doug Sahm, Nikki Lane, Margo Price, Gram Parsons, and Paul Cauthen.
Funk It Up: Put a little Earth, Wind, AND Fire in your day
Come on, now. You know you wanna put on your boogie shoes, so dust 'em off and get to groovin'. This playlist is six solid hours of funky tunes. Best played at the loudest volume.
For fans of: Stevie Wonder, The Staple Singers, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and the Ohio Players.
Sam Saturdays: For all the Sam Cooke lovers
Another Saturday night and I ain't got no money... 🎶 Sam Cooke is the greatest soul singer of all time. He wrote songs that could heal a broken heart, inspire change, make you fall in love, and help you twist the night away. He was sadly taken from this world too soon, but his legacy still lives on through the beautiful music he left behind... and THAT's where it's at!
All Through A Lens: A podcast for film photographers
Eric and Vania are legends in the film community as far as I'm concerned (and I'll die on that hill!). Every two weeks, All Through A Lens walk us through the ups and downs of film photography, introduce us to new photographers via interviews, and drop knowledge bombs that make most of us look like amateurs... all while simultaneously making us laugh and feel like the only person in the room. This podcast is a goldmine and I highly recommend giving it a follow.
New Slang: An interview-based podcast for fans of Americana and country music
I'm a sucker for country music and I can't seem to ever get enough of it. It's hard to stay on top of new albums, especially with new records coming out almost every week. But Thomas Mooney, the host of New Slang, stays on top of it and is generous enough to spend his time keeping the rest of us in the loop. Each week, Thomas interviews a new singer-songwriter, musician, or bands and digs into their influences, songwriting, and all things in between. Most of the interviews are an hour long, which makes it a great listen for long drives.
One By Willie: For fans of Willie. 'Nuff said.
Come on, who doesn't love Willie Nelson? You don't have to be a fan of country music to appreciate Willie's career. Through his 60+ years in the music industry, Willie has written and recorded hundreds of tracks that have influenced all of us in one way or another. One By Willie, hosted by John Spong of Texas Monthly, interviews prominent artists about their favorite Willie tunes. While this podcast is music based, it covers so much more than that. Hear why legends in the music industry love Willie Nelson, what their favorite songs mean to them, and laugh as they share ridiculous tales of their experiences working AND playing with the Texas legend himself.