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The Road Crew - America's Route 66 Band
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, The Motherland OK, Tucumcari Tonite, Running Down The Mother Road, The Old 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.
 

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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.

 

 

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Route 66 Postcard Coloring BookRoute 66 Postcard Coloring BookRoute 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.

 

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