5 Modern Country Albums For A Montana Road Trip
The road trip is an American tradition older than even the University of Montana (OK, back then we trekked vast country using horses and wagons, but still...) and music has always been a part of passing the time on our journeys. Whistling or singing a tune made up for the lack of earbuds and the advent of radio back in those days, Now that I think about it, even a drive to the grocery store would kind of suck today without some music.
To put things in perspective, traversing the length of the state of Montana is roughly 600 miles from the Idaho border to North Dakota, and getting from the Canadian border to Wyoming is about 400 miles using a combination of federal and state highways.
Yeah, you're going to need some country music. Here's some handpicked favorites to get you from A to B in Montana.
Traveller - Chris Stapleton
Stapleton is arguably the most successful songwriter country music has ever seen, and his debut solo album from 2015 is a great companion for long trips. Songs like his cover of "Tennessee Whiskey" pair wonderfully with mountainous terrain and long yellow lines.
- Favorite song: "Nobody To Blame"
29: Written In Stone - Carly Pearce
This humble girl from Kentucky is true to country's roots, and on an album this good it's hard to fathom what was left off of it. Carly's post-divorce reawakening has made her an icon for young girls and grown women alike, and includes an ode to Loretta Lynn "Dear Miss Loretta" as well as concert crowd favorite "What He Didn't Do" are both sure to keep you company on a long Montana road trip.
- Favorite song: "Diamondback"
On The Edge - Stephanie Quayle
If you're going to be spending time on Montana roads, why not listen to some country music from our very own Big Sky star? Quayle, a native Montanan who was featured in an exclusive interview with Townsquare Media, brings her home state to life in her music and her most recent collection of music will be released in November 2022.
Lindeville - Ashley McBryde
You know how radio signals fade in and out when you're driving, and how much of a pain it is to scan for the next best signal? Yeah, Ashley McBryde has you in mind. She included three snippets of radio shorts along with 10 original songs on her latest album. From the brazen "Brenda Put Your Bra On" to the sweet comraderie of small-town women in "Bonfire At Tina's" this is sure to keep you company on Interstate 90.
- Favorite song: "Play Ball" (featuring the Brothers Osborne)
Old Dominion - Old Dominion
Perhaps their definitive collection of songs, and you probably know most of them. Old Dominion's 3rd album features two #1 songs "One Man Band" and "Make It Sweet" so adding this to your playlist will let you sing along while keeping the pedal to the metal and the rubber on the road.
Just In Case...
Given Montana's vast expanse of open terrain, you're likely to run into an area where the only option is to listen to the radio. In that, case we have this handy option below so you can keep the music moving while you continue your journey to wherever you will be soon. Drive safe, fam.
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