Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Great American Road Trip: Nebraska & Kansas

The Great American Road Trip travels across the plains and rivers and hills of Kansas and the wheat fields and grasslands of Nebraska. For your listening on this journey, an album of songs about farm life, a recording from an artist who grew up in Kansas farm country, and a link to a website about a musical.

Tim Grimm is a farmer. He knows first hand the hard life, the quiet joys, and the never ending questions that a farmer’s life entails. In Farm Songs he writes of farms to day, farmers in the past, harvests, a farmer’s view of weather, the generations of families on the farm, and crops brought in and those that were not. His song titles include Pray fro Rain, Heart of Winter, Autumn Garden, and Pumpkin the Cat.
In addition to being a farmer and a musician, Grimm is also an actor who in the midst of a career in Hollywood decided to move back to the farm. He still acts, he tours as a musician, and he and his wife Jan Lucas, who co wrote several of the songs and appears on the recording as well, are raising their family on a farm in the midwest.

Martina McBride is a top country star with shelves of awards and fans world wide. She’s also a woman who grew up on a Kansas farm, and got her start in music playing in her family band. In addition to her powerhouse voice, McBride is known for her courageous and thoughtful song selection. She’s recorded songs by several artists you have met here along the music road, including Matraca Berg and Gretchen Peters.

A good place to meet McBride is through her
Live In Concert CD/DVD combo package.

To explore andother side of Nebraska, you may want to visit the website for the play Local Wonders. It is a story about a Nebraska poet, about facing changes, and living through them, told in the voices of the poet and his wife. Musician Anne Hills, an artist you met when the Great American Road Trip was in Pennsylvania, is an actor as well as a singer, and plays the part of the wife.

you may also wish to see
Music Road: Road Trip Music: Ohio
Bruce Springsteen: Nebraska
Music Road: Julie Fowlis:Uam
more music from the road trip

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 by and see what the Library has in mind to inspire travels through Nebraska and Kansas.
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 Melanie Haiken said...

I always think of Springsteen's Nebraska when I'm in the midwest; thanks for giving us some other choices as well. Love the idea of road trips with soundtracks!

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never been to either state, but the songs make these places sound enticing.

2:22 PM  

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