"The Road to Sturgis" title is really about a journey I took, both literally and metaphorically. Going through life changes led me to buying a motorcycle, reading "Zen, and the art of motorcycle maintenance," and basically just saying f**k it and heading west to the Sturgis motorcycle rally, and seeing what that was all about. A divorce has a way of opening one's eyes to things you might never have done before. (Though wanting a motorcycle, especially a Harley was always a desire!) The photo's taken for the album are all from that trip. The cover photo was taken by me just over the Minnesota/South Dakota boarder where my good friend Dave and I stopped to have a cold beer on the side of the road. The other two of yours truly on the back of the album and inside were taken by Dave at the Buffalo Chip. We camped there one night so we could see Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sugarland, and 4 on the Floor. Great concert!
The songs were not all written during my trip, two year crisis, or what have you. Many of the songs were probably subconsciously inspired by the divorce and life change, but definitely not all of them. Boone County Coal I wrote while out in West Virginia. I wrote it one evening in Beckley, WV after driving alone up to Boone County to see if I could find the Dancing Outlaw Jessico White. (I didn't actually expect to meet him, but what the hell...) It was a beautiful day, and nice drive through the mountains, past several coal mines, and homes and small towns. The song to me reflects the hard core resolve of being a West by God Virginian! I hope my friends in WV like it.
"Glide" is a song about cross country skiing the American Birkebeiner from Cable to Hayward, Wisconsin every year. It's a grind. The song alludes to our Native American journey past though too. I love how the drum beat actually reminds me of both the Native American Indian culture and also the climb up to the top of Power Line Hill during the Birkie.
All in all this album really has it all. It is not a focused effort at any one theme, but more of an open art gallery with several different statements being made. Hope you all enjoy it!