Crossing the Desert with my Country Friends

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It can be a long drive from Los Angeles, across the Mojave desert, to Las Vegas. Depending on the traffic in LA and how sleepy I am after a long international flight, it can take from 4.5 hours to 2 days.


mojave desert


I enjoy driving through the desert, however, and the trip is usually anything but dull. The scenery is definitely different and there are no shortage of unusual signs.


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The LA radio stations are soon out of range, and every 50 miles or so, I scan through the radio dial to find another radio station to listen to. Often the choices are either gospel stations or country/western music. I'm not usually a big fan of C-W music, but if the choice is between it and gospel, the former wins hands down every time.


george jones


I especially enjoy some of the cornier songs. On this trip, I decided to jot down some of the better lyrics I heard along the way. These were my favorites:

When the phone don't ring, it'll be me...George Jones

You make my speakers go boom boom...Luke Bryan

[All I need to make this weekend perfect is you], some jerky and a twelve pack. Don't forget your flip-flops...Jon Pardi

My eyes are the only thing I don't wanna take off of you…Blake Shelton

You make me wanna roll my windows down…Florida Georgia Line

[I was] try'in to pour a little sugar in her dixie cup...Luke Bryan

She Feels Like A New Man Tonight...Billy Walker

You're the reason our kids are ugly...Loretta Lynn (no relation) and Conway Twitty

How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away...Dan Hicks

and my favorite:

I keep missin' you, but my aim's getting better…Tammy Davis

With songs like these to listen to, I'm always disappointed when I arrive in Las Vegas...almost.