Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording by Ian Harris, Words by Landon Kuhlmann
Peter Case's latest album is named after the longest east-to-west highway in America, a road he grew up just a block away from. The attachment to the proverbial "road" is fitting for Case's long and influential career. His unique blend of folk, country, and straight-up rock and roll not only admires the canon of music he's entwined with but adds a formidable and highly impressive discography of sounds and words that stretch out the corners of these genres. Far from the music he made with popular power-pop band The Nerves, Peter Case sits down with a couple of guitars and Daytrotter's piano to play some new and old songs from his solo career. There's passion, honesty, storytelling, and undeniable talent tied up in the songs; observant and poetically interested lyrics ride on the back of smooth and pleasing fingerpicking. He makes a 12-string guitar sound like a choir of harps, and even plays one of his songs on piano for the first time—perfectly.