TIRE TRACKS vol. 1
Released April 14, 2016
A "Double album" of genuine recordings from the road! The thing I have for the road is almost as deep as what I have for music. Life has been skeletoned, tapestried, dressed & framed by both. Music led me to the road, which led me to more music, which… you get the drift. Now, there’s the kind of music that I listen to on the road – Running on Empty, Born To Run, Bat Out Of Hell, Bob Seger, long Dead jams, delta blues, Creedence Clearwater Revival – and then there’s the music the road inspires through me. Raw, mostly acoustic songs.
I’ve spent a lot of time in vehicles on the road – mostly vans, road trips, but sometimes in housetrucks; little rolling homes. Sometimes when you’re out there pretty much cut off and self contained your perception changes… I find that an incredibly creative space to be in. So just about every road trip I’ve done since the mid 1990s I’ve had an old Tascam PortaOne 4-track aboard and recorded songs along the way – aboard the van in rest areas, parking lots and truck stops, and here and there in the occasional motel room.
Tire Tracks is a release of the best of all of this material. By “best” I mean in an artistic way – that these are pure songs coming out and captured raw in the moment, real music of the road. If it conveys something about what I was feeling, isn’t that art? If it moves you to feel something? Isn’t this form of communication what the arts is about? I have more polished, commercial stuff up and more to come. This is not that. Please don’t be the indie label guy on the west coast… “There appears to be some distortion on some of these tracks. I can even hear traffic noises.” (“No shit?”)
None of this is perfect; none of it is meant to be. I probably didn’t even know what day it was.
I share this with you because I know how much a few really raw moments captured and left unpolished – think Springsteen’s Nebraska or Neil Young’s Tonight’s The Night, or the acoustic demos from Stephen Stills or Paul Simon floating around – meant to me as honest work, sonic companionship, and deep inspiration. These were just things that happened as a part of the way I travel and regroup. I’ve written and recorded entire albums’ worth of material on single journeys… much of these complete tapes, “Econoline Dreams”, “Day Sailer”, are mixed into what I hope to be a series of Tire tracks volumes.
I’ll be listing over time the tracks and where & when they were recorded and putting up pictures of the vans, etc. Vol. 1 has recordings from 1996-2015; two rainy rest areas separated by 14 years (the opening invocation from 2000, track 10 from 2014); campgrounds in Alamagordo, NM and Marion, NC; motels in PA, MS, TX, FL, LA and an abandoned used car lot in Florida. Please consider any sonic issues or looseness in presentation proof of authenticity. Peace on your journeys and may the winds be at your back. ~Scott
Written, performed & completely unproduced by Scott Beckwith
All hail the Tascam PortaOne and Maxell XLII tape!
All songs by S. Beckwith / Parking Lot Music BMI
1. I Greet The Day (Rest area, somewhere in TN on westbound 40, May of 2000)
Tracks 2-9 and 11 are from a road trip through New Mexico, Jan. 2010. This is the best stuff off of an unreleased collection called "Day Sailer" after the step van / housetruck it was recorded in.
2. Highway Home
3. A World For Two
4. Day Sailer
5. Take It As You Find It
6. A Song For Pilgrims
7. Scotty's Bus
8. Get A Little On Me ('Fore I Go)
9. Rolling Wheel
10. Rhythms In The Rain (Written & recorded in an I-10 rest area, mile marker 162 in FL 12-29-14.)
11. Road Scenes
12. Roll On (Room 121 Days Inn Slidell, LA Dec. 31 2014)
13. Be The Blessings (Room 101 Sleep Inn Tampa, FL Dec. 23 2014)
14. Troubles On My Mind (Abandoned used car lot, St. Augustine, FL Dec. 28 2014)
15. Have You Encountered The Man On Your Walk (Days Inn, Winnie TX, 1-5-15)
16. All I Had Was This Dream (December 2012, Gulfport MS Best Western Rm.300)
17. If The Highway Takes Me (Hidden Valley Campground, Marion NC May 2000)
18. Drifter's Theme (Room 4, Red Carpet Inn, Milford PA March 1996)
Two albums' worth (if we were putting it on vinyl). PICS COMING OF VANS, ROAD, GEAR ETC.
To listen as a playlist (and download selected tracks) FREE: (coming)
To download as a whole album (the way I put it together!) FREE, tip optional:
HERE’S THE DEAL – download, share, enjoy. It’s free from my life to yours. PLEASE keep the publishing credit with it and if you’d like to broadcast or record it, list it & link here. If you do feel like contributing something to my world for it, send something as a friend payment (not a donation) through PayPal to vandweller1”at”yahoo.com, leave a tip on the noisetrade page, or send or something fun (a CD of yours, a book, something random of meaning) to:
PO Box 1745
Wimberley, TX 78676
Want to cover a song on your album? Go right ahead! I'm honored.
Just credit the songwriting to (S. Beckwith / Parking Lot Music BMI).
For commercial use (movie/ad/TV) please contact parkinglotmusicBMI@yahoo.com.
(I thank you)
A few machines I've road tripped - '79 Chrysler 300, Highway Song the Ford Econoline, the '73 Ford housetruck Blue Moon, some road shots, a favorite old jazz cassette, cover of the unreleased Econoline Dreams, me at the "real" crossroads deep in rural Mississippi.