165: Lost Highway

Lost Highway is our show that explores the influence of roots rock, country, and Americana on the 1980s and early ’90s underground rock scene. On this episode we’ll hear from Lucinda Williams (pictured), The Long Ryders, Tara Key, The Paladins, The Jayhawks, American Music Club, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, The Walkabouts, Alex Chilton, Jason & The Scorchers, Ass Ponys, Uncle Tupelo, and Beat Rodeo. Plus, we’ll wrap it up with a Townes Van Zandt song from his 1978 record “Flyin’ Shoes”, followed by a Townes cover by the Cowboy Junkies.


  1. Uncle Tupelo — Sandusky
  2. The Paladins — Make It
  3. Jason & The Scorchers — I Can’t Help Myself
  4. The Silos — Take My Country Back
  5. Yo La Tengo — Did I Tell You
  6. The Long Ryders — Never Got To Meet The Mom
  7. Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ — Check Your Tears At The Door
  8. American Music Club — Royal Cafe
  9. Nonfiction — Dead Into West Virginia
  10. Lucinda Williams — I Just Wanted To See You So Bad
  11. The Walkabouts — Satisfied Mind (Porter Wagoner)
  12. Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper — Gonna Put My Face On A Nuclear Bomb
  13. Alex Chilton — Raunchy (Bill Justis / Ernie Freeman)
  14. The Cat Heads — Saved By The Bottle
  15. Ass Ponys — Disappointed
  16. The Jayhawks — Misery Tavern
  17. Tara Key — Jack Of Hearts
  18. Beat Rodeo — While We’re Apart
  19. Townes Van Zandt — Rex’s Blues
  20. Cowboy Junkies — To Live Is To Fly (Townes Van Zandt)