The Blues Highway: The Story of Route 61

“If you ever plan to motor west, Travel my way, take the highway that is best. Get your kicks on Route sixty-six.”

Bobby Troup wrote those words in 1946, making Route 66 the most famous road in American musical mythology. But perhaps that honor should belong to another of the great thoroughfares that snakes its way across the United States — Route 61. The road might be less known and less heralded, but it might best represent the musical soul of the country.

The road traverses 1,400 miles of country between New Orleans, Louisiana, and Wyoming, Minnesota, and largely traces the path of the Mississippi River.

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