In this photograph is one mean “dream” machine, driven by its creator, with my dad riding shotgun. That slick looking roadster hugging a turn on old Route 66, east of Cuba, Missouri, is my friend Mike Wallace’s 1932 Ford. Over 35-years-ago Mike was flipping through Street Rodder Magazine and came across an image of a traditional High Boy Roadster, it was precisely what he had in mind for a car he would like to build for himself. So, he cut the image out and saved it. Though the years, Mike collected the necessary pieces needed to build his dream machine and stored them away in his garage. In the early 2000s, Mike began to build his roadster from scratch.Read More
These fine gentlemen hailing from Tennessee are quite the showmen. Their original songbook is a collection of stories about memories of the road, the characters they have met, and the unique places all along Route 66. Their whole entire show is quite entertaining! Their setlist ranges from well crafted originals to popular songs in the 1950's through the 1970's, Not only do these guys put on a quality show, the in between songs antics and monologues keep the crowd smiling and laughing!
I asked roadie pal Penny Black, what she thought of the evening's experience, and she had this to say...
"The Road Crew, these guys are family. They had me, as usual, wiping away the appreciative tears their music brings with the likes of “Under The Neon” & “That Ol’ 66”. After which they lifted us up, made us smile and singing along with “Tattoo Man Of Route 66”! Then they honored us & the event with a fantastic new song written special for the conference "Miles of Possibility", A new “ear worm” to get us humming on the ride home."
The Road Crew's roots run deep with Route 66. Writer, singer, bass and bassist Joe Loesch is a Route 66 original. Joe was born just a few blocks off of old Route 66 in Maplewood, Missouri and has been traveling the route since he was a child. Joe has many a story to tell. You can catch some of those stories on the band's video page in a two part series titled "The Road Crew - Music on 66". Joe's comical telling of his life story and connection to Route 66 is so worth the viewing time. Joe was slated to release this video series during his presentation at The Miles of Possibly Conference, but, technology was not on his side and he was only able to verbally tell his story.
When planning your next Route 66 trip I highly advise making a visit to the Road Crew's website to see if you can catch one of their performances. I promise you will be entertained and in good company. Many of Route 66's most dedicated roadies, artists and writers always take advantage of the opportunity to catch their shows. I understand why, and I really enjoy photograohing them!
See You On The Road,
A funny story about this photo, taken of the historic bridge in Devil's Elbow Missouri, on old Route 66. Find out how the average was created, and the additional story of the image years later.Read More