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Donner Pass

from Road Trip Songs by Dave Manning

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    I live on the road, and these are road trip songs. The album was mixed on the car stereo in my tour bus. The piano and voice recorded in a 17th-century manor house in the Scottish Highlands, and the harmonica recorded in a remote Arizona canyon.

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“CB Radio playin the trucker sound; they’re talkin’ Will they close this pass down?” From California Hwy 20 you can see the ruts of wagon trains that passed that way in the 1850s over Donner summit, the dangerous pass in the high Sierra Mountains. It’s named after the 1846 Donner party, many of whom starved after being snow-bound there. A few months after we met, Susana dumped me over the phone; I drove east up that highway from Nevada City. A young woman and her duffle bag were alone in the snowy Jeffery Pines 10 miles out of town. That hitch-hiker was with me all day, I bought her lunch. We warmed our hands on mugs of coffee in the back of the bus that night as the temperature plunged. I saved her, and she saved me. I gave her my phone number, told her to call me if she ever got in a tight spot. I made sure she got another ride before I left. The next day I found her ethereal sketch pad left in my bus. Someday hopefully, I’ll get to hand it back to her.


from Road Trip Songs, released January 1, 2014


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Dave Manning Arizona Village, Arizona

He's played Folsom Prison. He's opened for the likes of Dan Bern, Mose Allison, and Squirrel Nut Zippers frontman James Mathus. He's held up traffic all over the west puttering along in an old VW Microbus that Arlo Guthrie autographed. Dave is living his life in the old tradition of the traveling-storytelling songwriters. ... more

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