Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip

Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip


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On May 19, 1903, Horatio Nelson Jackson, a 31-year-old doctor from Burlington, VT, made a 50-dollar bet that he could drive an automobile from San Francisco to New York City in less than three months. Four days later, he left California in a two-cylinder "horseless carriage" (with a top cruising speed of 30 miles per hour) and began America's first transcontinental road trip. Horatio's Drive is the soundtrack to a Ken Burns documentary on Jackson's historic cross-country jaunt and features reinterpretations of popular songs of the day ("Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home"), rags ("Mississippi Rag," "Tiger Rag"), traditional pieces ("Cripple Creek," "n' Gambler") and contemporary songs that fit the motif ("Back 'N' Forth in Pahrump, Nevada"), recorded by the likes of Tony Ellis, John McKuen, and Bobby Horton, as well as brief talking interludes by Tom Hanks (as the voice of Horatio) and cameos by Tom Bodett and George Plimpton. Although much of the music here becomes incidental when divorced from the visual portion of the documentary, it is bright and pleasant on its own, and there are several highlights, including Ellis' pretty banjo piece, "Straw Dolls," Todd Phillips' slowed-down take on J.P. Nestor's fiddle romp, "Train on the Island," and Bobby Horton's guitar version of Jimmie Strothers' odd "Blood-Stained Banders." In all, Horatio's Drive feels like a facsimile of the music for America's first road trip and it works as such, but there is no dust, dirt, or grit here, and one kind of wishes Burns could have licensed the old 78s for some of these songs -- scratches and all.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2003
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969065921
catalogNumber: 90659
Rank: 150111

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Scott Nygaard   Guitar
Earl Scruggs   Banjo
Tony Trischka   Banjo
Eddie Edwards   Trombone
Nick LaRocca   Cornet
Todd Phillips   Bass
Robin Petrie   Hammered Dulcimer
Randy Tico   Bass
Tony Ellis   Banjo
John McEuen   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Slide Guitar
Peter Ostroushko   Mandolin
Phil Salazar   Fiddle
Neal Hellman   Mountain Dulcimer
Joe Weed   Violin
Peter Ecklund   Cornet
Tom Hanks   Voices
Robert Horton   Banjo,Bass,Bouzouki,Dobro,Fiddle,Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Percussion,Trombone,Trumpet,Tuba,Violin,Concertina,Cymbals,Drums,Bass Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Human Whistle,Classical Guitar,Bodhran,cowbell,Wood Block
Paul Hostetter   Banjo
Shira Kammen   Violin
Henry W. Ragas   Piano
John Reischman   Mandolin
Tony Sbarbaro   Drums
Jacqueline Schwab   Piano
Larry Shields   Clarinet
Roy Huskey   Bass
John Colby   Piano
David Swenson   Percussion,Drums
John Lardinois   Fiddle,Guitar
William Lee Ellis   Guitar
Jonathan McEuen   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Ben Ehrmantraut   String Bass

Technical Credits

Earl Scruggs   Composer
Francisco Tárrega   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Todd Phillips   Arranger,Producer
Tony Ellis   Composer
John McEuen   Composer,Producer
Stephen Wade   Producer
Neal Hellman   Arranger,Producer
Ken Burns   Producer,Liner Notes
Robert Horton   Producer
Marvin Lee   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
John Colby   Composer,Producer
David Swenson   Producer
John Lardinois   Composer,Producer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Grant Clarke   Composer
Ray Lopez   Composer
Maurice Abrahams   Composer
Harry Da Costa   Composer
William Duncan   Composer
Byron Gay   Composer
Alcide "Yellow" Nunez   Composer
John Stepan Zamecnik   Composer
J.P. Nestor   Composer
Charly Brown   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Dayton Duncan   Producer,Liner Notes
Mark Unterberger   Packaging Manager
Hughie Cannon   Composer
Barry Phillips   Producer

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