We have updated our Privacy Policy Please take a moment to review it. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the terms of our updated Privacy Policy.

Tour Music, 2009

As I prepare to go out on tour to promote my new book, The Way Home, the iPod is loaded with music that will accompany me on plane and car trips across the country. Here is a sampling of what has caught my ear lately and what I will be listening to on this trip:


King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown, by Augustus Pablo
“Multitude of Casualties,” by The Hold Steady
“Il Trielo,” by Ennio Morricone, from Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo (The Good, The bad, and The Ugly). Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach enter the arena for the final gundown as this stately, stirring, hard-to-find climatic cue comes forward. Time: 7:14.
“Leaving To Zion,” by Black Uhuru
“Sundown,” by The Edgar Winter Group
“Drive,” by The Gaslight Anthem
“Lone Surfer,” by Johnny Fortune
“$87 and a Guilty Conscience” by Richmond Fontaine
“Fisherman,” by The Congos
“Express,’ by BT Express
“Slavery Days,” by Burning Spear
“Pacifica,” by Los Straitjackets
“Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos,” by Public Enemy
“Terminal Crush,” by Lungfish
“When It Rains,” by X
“The News,” by Anthony Hamilton
“The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill,” by Husker Du
“Mannix,” (long version), by Lalo Schifrin
“Rising Up,” by The Roots w/Wale
“The Fugitive,” by Gregory Isaacs
“Arizona,” by Kings of Leon
“Take Me,” by George Jones and Tammy Wynette
“NW3,” by The Pogues
“The Wind and the Lion,” (Suite) by Jerry Goldsmith
“God is Standing By,” by Al Green
“Night Boat to Cairo,” by Madness
“To Kill a Mockingbird,” (Main Theme) by Elmer Bernstein
“Who Dat Called Da Police,” by New Birth Brass Band
“Footprints on My Mind,” by Annette Snell
“Riot Van,” by Arctic Monkeys
“Stray Cat Blues,” by Johnny Winter
“Django,” by Luis Bacalov
“Oceans and Streams,” by The Black Keys
“Louisiana,” by Bo Dollis
“Melting Pot,” by Booker T and the MGs
“Lived in Bars,” by Cat Power
“Whiskey Bottle,” by Uncle Tupelo
“Too Much Pressure,” by The Selecter
“Never Gonna Change,” by Drive-By Truckers
“Mongoose,” by Elephant’s Memory
“Flood,” by Last Train Home
“Lumberlung,” by Slobberbone
“Heaven and Hell,” by The Who, from Live at Leeds
“I Want to Know If It’s Good To You,” by Funkadelic
“You Can Have It,” by Georgie James
“17th Street,” by Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson (from It’s Your World)
“Tree Bear,” by Health
“Men of Good Fortune,” by Lou Reed (from Berlin: Live at St. Ann’s Warehouse)
“Eternity’s Breath, Parts 1 and 2,” by Mahavishnu Orchestra, from Visions of the Emerald Beyond
“She Belongs To Me,’ by The Nighthawks
“Invisible Man,” by Paul K and the Weathermen
“The Wild Kindness,” by The Silver Jews
Steppenwolf Live!
“Neil Jung,” by Teenage Fanclub
“Another One Goes By,” by The Walkmen
Live and Dangerous, by Thin Lizzy
“Wichita Lineman,” by Scud Mountain Boys
“True Grit,” by Glen Campbell