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Road Trips with Jason Crane: Vegas!

Earlier this week I was in Las Vegas. I have to be honest — I don’t like Las Vegas. The things that Vegas offers these days are not things I’m especially interested in. If you love it there, that’s fabulous. It’s just not my bag. That said, I think my main issue is that I was born too late to go to Vegas during the time period when I would have loved it, namely the classic Rat Pack era. If I could have rolled into town to catch the latest Sinatra gig? Sign me up! For many years in several...
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Road Trips with Jason Crane: Put A Bird On It

(PORTLAND, OR) — Hello from rainy Portland, Oregon. My time here will be short because I arrived on Thursday and I’m leaving today (Saturday, when this is published). I’m leaving so soon because I’m headed back to Tucson briefly to pick up some medication. Then I’ll drive east to PA to celebrate my younger son’s 15th birthday. I didn’t know much about Portland, so I was curious to see if there were famous musicians with ties to the Rose City. Turns out there are dozens, including many from modern bands along with a bunch from The Drive’s era. Let’s take...
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Road Trips: Breakdowns Come And Breakdowns Go

(PORT ORFORD, OR) — I’m typing this in the parking lot of J&D Auto in Port Orford, where I was towed after my van’s serpentine belt went on a winding mountain road. Given last week’s topic (car crashes), I have to say I had a first-hand look at what it feels like to lose most of your steering in the mountains in the rain and I didn’t like it. So I’m here for a few days until the mechanic can fix the belt. And yes, I know it’s an easy fix, but I’ve never done it and I want a...
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Road Trip With Jason Crane: Look Out! Look Out!

(DILLON BEACH, CA) — I’m writing this from Elephant Rocks, a rock formation that looks just like it sounds. It’s on the hill above Dillon Beach, a ways up Highway 1 from San Francisco. Since I last wrote you I’ve been in Santa Barbara, Monterey, Berkeley, San Francisco, and now up here. I’m slowly but surely heading toward Seattle. A couple days ago I visited the site where James Dean crashed his car and died in 1955. I realized that I’d never seen a James Dean movie, so I watched East of Eden later that night. Not an easy movie...
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Road Trips with Jason Crane: Cruisin’ Up The Coast

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) — I’m typing this on the California coast, where I’m slowly making my way up the Pacific Coast Highway (aka Highway 1) all the way to northern tip of Washington. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful drive, filled with beaches and waves and lots of weird and wonderful things to see. Unfortunately the massive storm that just hit northern California has washed part of Highway 1 into the sea, so I’ll be changing my route around Big Sur. A bummer for me, but obviously my thoughts go to those much more seriously impacted by the storm. Given my location...
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We Have A Winner!

Congratulations, Travis! After over two months of Official DRIVE Songs and well over 7,000 valid entries (!) the RNG (Random Number Generator, it’s a real thing) found our winner. Travis Matson of Tucson is an engineer/project manager who can’t wait to top-down drive Sophia the Karmann Ghia around town! We want to sincerely thank all those who entered our first contest on The DRIVE Tucson. We like doing things that are different from the usual. Thanks for listening and for telling your friends you’ve found a radio station that plays songs you forgot you loved. Now we’re the station that...
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Road Trips with Jason Crane: Is That A Cover?

If you were a regular listener to my weekend shows, you know that I became obsessed with the Grateful Dead over the past year or so. The Dead played a lot of songs of their own, and a lot of songs by other people. As I’ve been exploring their covers, I’ve been thinking about cover songs in general. Here are a few of my favorites. “All Through The Night” by Jules Shear I adore Cyndi Lauper, and I’ve always liked her song “All Through The Night.” Well, I say “her song,” but I found out last year that it’s actually...
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