Go on a musical road trip with this coast to coast to coast playlist

Chris Picks Music is a weekly playlist of songs that have aired on CBC Radio's Morning Edition.

Chris Picks Music is a weekly playlist of songs that have aired on CBC Radio's Morning Edition

Toronto singer-songwriter AHI pronounces his name "eye." (CBC Music)

With summer in our midsts, many of us might be eyeing the road for an extended holiday or day trip. 

To help sweeten that road to adventure, I suggest you take advantage of how this playlist has grown over the past six months. With more than 370 songs running over 22 hours, you can cover a lot of highway immersed in music.

Drawing from all compass points, I've added a few more road-ready tracks for your listening pleasure. 

Starting south of the border, U.S. singer-songwriter and upright bass player Scott Mulvahill taps into that yearning for something more and the possibilities a change of place can offer. The title-track to his new album Himalayas has a sparseness and simplicity in its bass-dominated arrangement that creates both a sense of inner and exterior space. You might actually see the Himalayas in your mind as you listen to this track.

Some of singer-songwriter Joshua Hyslop's introspective lyrics come from a near-death experience he had while travelling in Pakistan. (Supplied)

Looking to the west coast, the latest single from Vancouver singer-songwriter Joshua Hyslop is called "One Shot In The Darkness." You can feel the miles roll on by as you sit back listening to this track. 

Elisapie performs 'Wolves Don't Live by the Rules' featuring Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay of July Talk for CBC Music's First Play Live 3:18

Heading north, Inuk folk-pop singer-songwriter Elisapie offers up a track called "Wolves Don't Live by the Rules." It's off her latest album The Ballad of the Runaway Girl. This week, that album made the long list for the Polaris Music Prize.

Saskatchewan's own Colter Wall will be performing on the mainstage of the 50th edition of the Regina Folk Festival this coming August. His song "Sleeping on the Blacktop" has been featured in Hollywood films such as Hell or High Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Now, that song, recorded at the CBC broadcasting centre in Regina, has been featured in the trailer for HBO's Deadwood: The Movie

Let's take a break and grab a fishing pole! Saskatchewan duo Kacy & Clayton offer up a cover version of the Gordon Lightfoot classic "Bend in the Water."

We pulled back the curtain and invited Winnipeggers into a live taping of Up To Speed, featuring an intimate musical performance by local contemporary folksinger, Madeleine Roger. 3:55

Looking to our eastern neighbours, Winnipeg singer-songwriter Madeleine Roger co-produced and co-engineered her debut album Cottonwood. The album contains her reflections on femininity and equality and she's proud of the fact that it was created with gender parity. Her tune "Automobile" keeps our playlist moving. 

AHI performs Straight Ahead for CBC Music. 3:42

Let's put it in cruise as we hit a straight piece of open road. "Straight Ahead" is the lead-off track to the latest album, In Our Time, from Toronto singer-songwriter AHI (pronounced "eye"). 

A Tribe Called Red is one of the performers at the 50th annual Regina Folk Festival. (Matt Barnes Photography)

A Tribe Called Red has remixed the classic "N-D-N Kars" by Keith Secola. It was a hit on tribal radio back in 1992 and will definitely get you bouncing in 2019.

Heading farther east let's check out some music from soul-jazz innovator Elizabeth Shepherd. After four years of collecting interviews with strangers from around her hometown she has woven them into the music of her latest album called Montreal. I've added her track "The Good Lord's Work" to our road trip.

Singer-songwriter Makayla Lynn of Elmsdale, N.S., won the 2019 East Coast Music Awards Fan's Choice Video. (Makayla Lynn photo)

The playlist rolls on but I'll finish up here with East Coast Music award winner Makayla Lynn. She has a road ready track for us called "Joyride."

About the Author

Chris Haynes

Associate producer-technician

Chris Haynes was the long-time recording engineer for CBC Saskatchewan's performance department. He's travelled all over this province recording music, drama and documentaries. He loves picking music and does it every week for CBC Radio's Morning Edition as the show's associate producer-technician.


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