Whitehorse's Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet are touring across Canada (Paul Wright)
Whitehorse's Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland spend a lot of time together. Which isn't unusual for a married couple, but these two also work together and spend a lot of time driving back and forth across the country showcasing their musical chemistry onstage night after night.
And they're doing it again, with dates that will take them from Saskatoon, through the United States and most of Canada before ending up in the Netherlands. With so much time spent travelling together, SCENE asked Melissa McClelland to tell us which Top 5 road tunes these married musicians can agree on.
"Sick of Goodbyes" by Sparklehorse
I was really into this record the first time I went on tour. I drove my parents' car across the States and Canada with my best friend. It was an epic journey and this song will always remind me of that open road.
"Harvest" by Neil Young
When I was a kid, we used to listen to Heart of Gold on repeat on the drive up to the cottage. Luke and I really got into this record when we first got together. We chose "Harvest" to be our wedding song.
"Go It Alone" by Beck
Anything Beck, for a sunny day on the road. My go to records are Guero and The Information. This song is my current favorite.
"Lebanon Tennessee" by Ron Sexsmith
Luke and I drove the coast highway from San Francisco to L.A. on a rainy November day. The next day we decided to follow the Mexican border, through the hills all the way to San Diego. Our soundtrack for both drives, was Ron's first two records. This song is a perfect example of his beautiful storytelling.
"Neria" by Oliver Mtukudzi
Four years ago, Luke & I traveled to South Africa & Uganda. Fresh off the plane, we went straight to a little bar to see Zimbabwe artist Oliver Mtukudzi. His music is powerful and celebratory, but this song is more plaintive.
I couldn't stop playing it after our trip; it instantly takes me back to our time in Africa.
Whitehorse plays at the Burton Cummings Theatre on Friday, February 8.