This is year is the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway. 75 years ago, Roosevelt built our beautiful scenic highway as part of the New Deal. It created jobs and paid tribute to the mountains he loved to drive and train through on the way to his medical retreat in Georgia. He had a facility with hot springs and other non-conventional methods for people who suffered from polio and other maladies. Anyway, at one point last year, I was in the running be part of the overall anniversary campaign as a performer or spokesman of some sort. So I got together with Craig Distl, PR extraordinaire, and co-wrote “America’s Favorite Drive” which tells the story of the parkway and also encourages people to take a drive on it. This subject is extra special to me because I wrote tons of the songs actually lying on my in the fields beside the parkway when I went to school at App. State and I currently live only about five miles from it. Although I tend to write in my scenic studio these days.
Anyway again, this song has never been finished, mainly because I didn’t get the gig and didn’t have an outlet to release it. So, I dug it up today after seeing that they’re kicking in their campaign finally and redid a few things and now it’s out. I hope you enjoy it while you’re driving down the Blue Ridge Parkway.