Becky Simpson - Route 66 Tour

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Inspired by The Song

The Wes Paul band travelled from Manchester to Chicago on 8th September 2011 to embark on an epic journey.

Inspired by the song, which Wes Paul rates as one of his favourites, (catch this superb country version by the famous Liverpool  country artist Phil Brady and his Ranchers) and accompanied by His wife beautiful wife - Rebecca (Bass Guitarist) and trusty Lead Guitarist and pedal steel guru - Smiley Galvin.

The original idea was to travel straight across Route 66 taking in all of the main states Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. However, the band had already travelled in 2010 to Memphis TN, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas - on The Manchester to Memphis Tour playing gigs along the way in Memphis, Nashville, Jackson TN, Montgomery AL, Pigeon Forge in East Memphis, Kingston, and Tupelo Mississippi.

Gigging commitments from previous venues and cities visited meant that several concerts had to be played in non Route 66 locations. Rebecca arranged the Route 66 Tour to include these concert dates which made the total journey in 2011 almost twice as long as Route 66. Non Route 66 gigs included Memphis, Tupelo, Montgomery ...

U.S. Route 66 (also known as the Will Rogers Highway after the humorist, and colloquially known as the "Main Street of America" or the "Mother Road") was a highway within the U.S. Highway System.

One of the original U.S. highways, Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926 -- with road signs erected the following year.[1] The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, before ending at Los Angeles, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km).[2] It was recognized in popular culture by both a hit song (written by Bobby Troup, originally recorded by the Nat King Cole Trio in 1946, and later performed by such artists as Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, The Manhattan Transfer and Depeche Mode) and the Route 66 television show in the 1960s.

 

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