Today Is the Highway

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Today Is the Highway
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Studio album by Eric Andersen
Released 1965
Genre Folk
Label Vanguard
Eric Andersen chronology
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Today Is the Highway is the debut album of folk singer Eric Andersen, released in 1965 on Vanguard Records. Andersen's first wife Deborah Green Andersen, accompanied him on second guitar for two tracks, "Today Is the Highway" and "Bumblebee". [2]

Folk music musical and poetic creativity of the people

Folk music includes traditional folk music and the genre that evolved from it during the 20th-century folk revival. Some types of folk music may be called world music. Traditional folk music has been defined in several ways: as music transmitted orally, music with unknown composers, or music performed by custom over a long period of time. It has been contrasted with commercial and classical styles. The term originated in the 19th century, but folk music extends beyond that.

Eric Andersen American singer-songwriter

Eric Andersen is an American folk music singer-songwriter, who has written songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Linda Ronstadt, the Grateful Dead and many others. Early in his career, in the 1960s, he was part of the Greenwich Village folk scene. After two decades and sixteen albums of solo performance he became a member of the group Danko/Fjeld/Andersen. Since the late 1990s, he has resumed his solo career. Andersen is still recording and performing live in Europe, Japan and North America.

Vanguard Records Record label

Vanguard Records is an American record label set up in 1950 by brothers Maynard and Seymour Solomon in New York City. It was a primarily classical label throughout its heyday in the 50s and 60s, but is perhaps best known for its catalogue of recordings by a number of pivotal jazz, folk, and blues musicians. The Bach Guild was a subsidiary label.


Track listing

All songs by Eric Andersen unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Today Is the Highway" – 2:22
  2. "Dusty Box Car Wall" – 2:22
  3. "Time for My Returning" – 3:19
  4. "Plains of Nebrasky-O" – 3:29
  5. "Looking Glass" – 5:05
  6. "Never Coming Home" – 3:09
  7. "Come to My Bedside" – 3:56
  8. "Baby, Please Don't Go" (Big Joe Williams) – 3:22
  9. "Everything Ain't Been Said" – 4:39
  10. "Bay of Mexico" – 3:09
  11. "Song to J.C.B." – 4:55
  12. "Bumblebee" – 3:20



Guitar fretted string instrument

The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that usually has six strings. It is typically played with both hands by strumming or plucking the strings with either a guitar pick or the finger(s)/fingernails of one hand, while simultaneously fretting with the fingers of the other hand. The sound of the vibrating strings is projected either acoustically, by means of the hollow chamber of the guitar, or through an electrical amplifier and a speaker.

Harmonica free reed wind instrument

The harmonica, also known as a French harp or mouth organ, is a free reed wind instrument used worldwide in many musical genres, notably in blues, American folk music, classical music, jazz, country, and rock and roll. There are many types of harmonica, including diatonic, chromatic, tremolo, octave, orchestral, and bass versions. A harmonica is played by using the mouth to direct air into or out of one or more holes along a mouthpiece. Behind each hole is a chamber containing at least one reed. A harmonica reed is a flat elongated spring typically made of brass, stainless steel, or bronze, which is secured at one end over a slot that serves as an airway. When the free end is made to vibrate by the player's air, it alternately blocks and unblocks the airway to produce sound.


Photography Art, science and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation

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Jules Halfant was an American painter and printmaker. He is notable as a Federal Art Project (FAP) artist during the Great Depression of the 1930s in both mural and easel categories of the New York Works Progress Administration (WPA). While in the WPA, he worked alongside such well-known artists as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Milton Avery and Stuart Davis. From 1953 to 1988 Jules Halfant was Art Director of Vanguard Records where he designed albums featuring Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, Country Joe and the Fish, Buffy Sainte-Marie and many other musicians.

Liner notes

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