From the pages of I RVing: Fall 2022

Backwoods Ballads

Folksy tunes to sing down country roads and under the harvest moon.


John Denver, “Take Me Home, Country Roads”

Few songs can get the whole campground singing like this John Denver classic. When we hear those banjos and that acoustic guitar play, all our memories gather. (Even beyond the Shenandoah).








Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss, “I’ll Fly Away”

It’s hard to overstate how good the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack is. When you back out of the drive with the windows down, this is your track to fly away—backed by Alison Krauss’ vocals.








Dolly Parton, “Backwoods Barbie”

Don’t misjudge Dolly based on her famous looks. (A forgivable mistake.) She’s just a country girl, and one of America’s greatest songwriters. This 2008 track proves both.


Chris Stapleton, “When the Stars Come Out”

Leaving the city behind never feels so right as when the stars come out and shine. Everything else gets drowned out except you humming Stapleton’s famous chorus.


Nick Drake, “Things Behind the Sun”

Some neighbors may shake their heads when they see you hit the road. But Nick Drake reminds us: “Be what you’ll be.” Our path leads us to places they’ll never see.


The Rolling Stone, “Moonlight Mile”

Seldom has music captured the emotion of sleeping under strange, strange skies so beautifully. Which makes this a perfect song to play after a mad, mad day on the road.



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