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On Your Road-Trip Playlist, The Usual Suspects Plus A Sweet Surprise

One of the surprises on our crowdsourced road-trip playlist was a song by folk singer and activist Barbara Dane, shown performing in 1960.
One of the surprises on our crowdsourced road-trip playlist was a song by folk singer and activist Barbara Dane, shown performing in 1960.

When we put out the call to listeners asking for suggestions for the All Things Considered road-trip playlist, we could have guessed some of the songs you'd pick. Ray Charles' "Hit The Road, Jack," Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again," Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" — all of these were no-brainers.

But there was one recommendation no one expected: "I'm On My Way," by activist and musician Barbara Dane. That song appears on Livin' With The Blues, an album she recorded in 1959 with Earl "Fatha" Hines and the Kenny Whitson Quartet.

Our road-trip playlist isn't finished yet. Take it for a spin, tell us what we're still missing and look out for updates as we continue to add new songs to the list.

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