The Songwriter Playlists: Bootstraps

So, this Monday we chatted to the lead singer of a band that may have created the definitive road trip album – Bootstraps’ Jordan Beckett.

Since he’s clearly the authority on the best possible tunage for long distance drives, we thought we’d ask the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter to make us a little playlist, with the Top 5 Road Trip Songs of All Time.

Luckily for us, Jordan was happy to oblige, saying, “The ‘Of all time’ part is a little overwhelming, but here’s a few that I think work together…”


Ocean Breaths Salty: Modest Mouse

“Isaac Brock is a fucking brilliant lyricist.  His cynicism is as brutal as it is insightful and touching… He does all three in the first lines here:

Your body may be gone, I’m gonna carry you in.
In my head, in my heart, in my soul.
And maybe we’ll get lucky and we’ll both live again.
Well I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know. Don’t think so.”


Mutual Slump: DJ Shadow

“Endtroducing is one of those albums you get lost in. The more you listen, the more you hear.”


Track 4: Sigur Ros

“You need something extraordinary to sing in a made up language and have listeners completely understand.”


I Can See The Pines Are Dancing: AA Bondy

“Bondy’s songs feel lived in.  They have a warm familiarity and a sweet melancholy that isn’t heavy and depressing, but rather, sincere and human.”



Coming Down: Anais Mitchell

“This song hits on all levels of greatness.  From her performance to the content here… it’s just too perfect.”


Bootstraps’ own road trippy loveliness is available on iTunes.

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4 thoughts on “The Songwriter Playlists: Bootstraps

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  3. Hey nice songs, but only 45 is a true driving song, which I thought was the point.
    It must have a contageous dreamy monotamy, and drum beat of wheels turning or a train moving right along. The album however, is truly amazing in depicting the writers love of his home state of California.
    I would say the best road trip with a view is certainly Salerno to Serrento in Italy. But of course American Highways are legendary and somewhat straighter than in Europe.

    Keep up the great work guys.

    • Hey Gordon,

      Thanks for reading!

      I must disagree with your first point – I wouldn’t say monotony or rhythm makes or doesn’t make a song a Road Trip Song. I personally think it’s far more to do with restlessness and yearning, and by that measure, Bootstraps are experts in the Road Trip field.

      Salerno to Sorrento sounds exquisite – thank you for the recommendation!


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