Wrath Rolling in the Deep — Adele Mama Said Knock You Out — LL Cool J Sloth Lazy Song — Bruno Mars Je Ne Veux Pas Travailler — Pink Martini Greed Rich Girl — Gwen Stefani ft Eve I Want It All — Queen Gluttony Eat It — Weird Al Yankovich Can’t Stop — Miley Cyrus Lust I Want You to Want Me — Letters to Cleo/10 Things I Hate About You soundtrack I’m Sexy and I Know It — LMFAO Pride I’m the Best (clean version) — Nicki Minaj Devil Went Down To Georgia — Charlie Daniels Band Envy Jessie’s Girl — Rick Springfield Dancing on My Own — Robyn
HIGHWAY 62 runs from Niagara Falls, N.Y., to El Paso, Texas, and is the only U.S. highway to connect Canada and Mexico. In my home state of Kentucky, it passes the Wild Turkey distillery at Lawrenceburg and the state maximum security penitentiary at Eddyville.
Further north it takes you to Buffalo, N.Y., the hometown of roots music singer-songwriter Peter Case. That’s why he picked HWY 62 as the title for his latest album, a collection that can be taken as a sort of “state of the nation” recording. The Christian Science Monitor even said that the album “plays like a John Steinbeck novel set to music.” And they have a point. Most of the album’s 11 songs are peopled with prisoners and deportees, the evicted and the gentrified, and other 21st-century American outcasts.
Unlike many folkie populists, Case comes by his sympathy for the down-and-out honestly, if a little foolishly. Back on that lost planet that was the1970s, he dropped out of high school to become a musician and eventually landed on the streets of San Francisco, hungry, homeless, and frequently drunk. This part of Case’s life is covered unsparingly in the blog/memoir that he keeps at petercase.com, some of which has become a book, As Far as You Can Get Without a Passport.
After a near-miss with the poppish-punk band The Nerves, Case got his ticket to the music business punched with The Plimsouls, whose hit, “A Million Miles Away,” was one of the high-water marks of jangly 1980s New Wave rock. But then, just before he could become really rich and famous, Case’s contrarian streak reasserted itself. He left the band and started what now looks to be the rest of his life as a singer-songwriter who sometimes records with the likes of T Bone Burnett and Ry Cooder, but most often performs solo with his own acoustic guitar and harmonica.
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