The Road Crew - Left to Right: Woody Bomar, Joe Loesch, Don King and Jason Harmon
The popular Nashville, Tennessee-based rockabilly band, The Road Crew,
is an entertaining attraction wherever they perform along Route 66. They
have played festivals and car shows in Clinton, OK, Litchfield, IL,
Galena, KS, Amarillo, TX, Springfield, IL and even an unplugged,
sometimes impromptu, tour of smaller venues that included stops at
places like Afton Station in Afton, OK and The Rock Café in Stroud, OK.
In 2011 the group was honored with the inaugural "Bobby Troup Artistic
Recognition Award" by the International Route 66 Association in
recognition of their album, Songs from the Mother Road.
So where did these guys come from? When Joe Loesch was 12 years old, his
family moved from St. Louis to L.A. County California and the trip down The Mother Road
left many happy memories in his young mind. The family
traveled back and forth on several Route 66 road trips to visit family
back east. Many precious memories developed during those travels.
Fast forward a few years to Joe's days in the army in Vietnam where he
met and became fast friends with Woody Bomar. Joe and Woody worked
together in a military office in Saigon and entertained in the evenings
at a civilian Vietnamese night club. The two have since played together
in bands all of their adult lives. In the new millennium Joe’s nostalgia
for Route 66 was rekindled and he got Woody interested too. They soon
became avid travelers of Route 66. Their exploits are now chronicled on
the website, Road Crew 66.
As musicians, the obvious next thing was to create music about their new
passion. It started with Woody, a successful Nashville songwriter,
composing a song called That Ol' 66. This then lead to more songs and
before long the guys had an album's worth of material based on their
experiences. Joe, an audio book author/producer, and Woody then reached
out to their friend Don King, former Epic Records recording artist and
recording studio owner, to join the project. Enter their friend, drummer
Jason Harmon, and The Road Crew is born to perform their music and
travel to Route 66 festivals and tourist sites to promote it.
The Road Crew's album, Songs from the Mother Road, is really a group of
stories about the struggles, the joys, the heartbreaks and the
adventures associated with Route 66. The musical styles include folk,
country, blues, western swing and even a touch of surfer pop. The 12
original song titles include We're Going West, Chair Of Rocks Park,
Motherland OK, Tucumcari Tonite, Running Down The Mother Road,
Way (For Angel) and That Ol' 66. In tribute to the late Bobby Troop, The
Road Crew even adds their (Beatles inspired) flavor to his classic hit
(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 as a special bonus track.
That Ol' 66,
performed by "The Road Crew - America's Route 66 Band
The group’s newest CD, Rock-A-Billy Road, an album comprised of mostly
upbeat 1950s classic songs that serves as a soundtrack for travelers
breezing down the highway during the heyday of Route 66. The album
includes the theme song for the 2011 International Route 66 Association
Festival, The Road To Amarillo, composed by Joe and Don.
If you run into them along the road, just know that you are meeting four
guys who love the road, love the people and love the places they sing
about just as much as you do. You can learn more about The Road Crew on
their website, Road Crew 66.
66 Postcard Coloring Book - If you love
Route 66, enjoy
coloring, and like to share with others, this book is for you! The Route
66 Postcard Coloring Book contains 20 postcards of various places along
America's Mother Road, each ready for your own artistic touch. Then after
you color, remove each and send as a postcard. Complete with stamp
placement on the back and information on each location. Or, keep your
finished work as a reminder of fun times traveling Route 66.