Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Road Trip Music in Florida

The other Florida, the land and people, lakes and rivers and woods and towns which exist beyond the tourist trails and high powered beach fronts, is where the Great American Road Trip winds today.

Jeanie Fitchen knows this quieter side of the Sunshine State well. On her album Roads she writes of the dance of the sandhill crane, the Native peoples of Florida, and the little known lives of workers in the turpentine camps years ago.

Fitchen is from Florida’s east coast. Del Suggs grew up in the northwest part of the state, in the Panhandle. He calls his brand of songs saltwater music, and his style has been called Jimmy Buffet meets James Taylor. There’s that time just before a hurricane hits the coast, which Suggs nails in Hurricane’s Comin’, and the lives of a Wooden Boat. which he explores in the title track of one of his first albums. Life on the waters involves a more contemplative side too, an idea which comes in for songs on Living Deliberately, although the lighter side of things is well represented there too.

If you’ve had enough of Disney World and Miami, or if that’s all you know of Florida, let Fitchen and Suggs lead you on a journey through a different state of mind and geography.

you may also wish to see

Music Road: Almost Christmas: Del Suggs and friends

Music Road: reflections with Adrienne Young

Music Road: Road Trip Music in Tennessee

This is part of The Great American Road Trip, in which I’m partnering up with A Traveler’s Library to add musical ideas to the book and film suggestions for journeys through the regions of the United States which you’ll find there. Stop over and see what's on tap for Florida.

For more about the road trip (and a look at some great road songs) see Great American Road Trip: Music begins

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the idea of "salt water music!"

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Frugal Kiwi said...

Sounds fabulous. There is so much more to Florida culture than the Mouse!

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Donna Hull said...

"Jimmy Buffet meets James Taylor"
I think I would like listening to Dell Suggs.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Stephanie - said...

I swear, you and Vera are giving me the urge to take a major road trip! Wish gas weren't so expensive. ;)

1:08 AM  
Blogger Susan Johnston said...

I admit that I mainly think of FL in terms of beaches, spring break, and Disneyworld. Thanks for introducing me to these musicians!

8:33 AM  

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