The bike is music to my soul. I need it for therapy, and to hide my crazy, yet, it often allows me to express my crazy and dark loud and proud. My mind is a bit of a laser focused pinball. I don't claim to be a music aficionado, but moment in life and racing often trigger a song. I think of a phrase, a verse, or a life moment, and will start humming a tune. This playlist is a potluck of chaos, but, welcome to my internal dialogue. You are welcome.
Lil Nas X Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) [Remix] : I literally sang this song the entire time at the Dirty Kanza 200 this year. All. 12. Hours. Just this song. Over. And. Over. Again. I mean, if you are going to take your horse to the old town road, and ride till you can't no more, it might as well be there, right? I am not sure everyone appreciated my serenading, but it did get me to the finish.
Shooter Jennings - Gunslinger : I do think of myself as an outlaw, because, well, you have to ride your bike like you stole it, right? Can cowgirls be outlaws? Or is that what people tell you? I just ride my bike, but I do like to pretend I am tough and this song makes me feel just that.
Tyler Childs - Feathered Indians : I like belt buckles and a lot of things. I think this song is a good jam that I find rhythm to conjure power and contemplative thoughts.
Robert Earl Keen - The Road Goes On Forever : This should be gravel racing's theme song. The road goes on forever, and the party never ends. Can I have a cheers to that?
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - S.O.B. : Well, we all need a shot of whiskey every now and then, right?
Kelsea Ballerini - Miss Me More : I blame a breakup. But really. Always invest in yourself, wear the lipstick, the heels, the sneakers, and just be tru to you. Bike racing is about expression, and express yourself you will. You don't need to miss yourself if you are right there and present. "We" are in this together.
Willie Nelson - On The Road Again : You know the feeling. You are leaving the aid station. You are fueled. You have had your shot. You are ready to rock. You are on the road again. Who doesn't sing this song, all the time?
Jon Pardi - Heartache on the Dance Floor : I can't dance, but if I could, I would be a heartache on the dance floor.
Merle Haggard - Mama Tried : Sometimes when I am pedaling my bike for hours on end, I realize that my mom did try to raise me better. But, here I am, chasing shadows on gravel roads (or in Rasputista's case... snow, ice, mud...etc). We all have our own purpose, and we have no one else to blame, so, let's take that challenge and do the best we can with what we have. because we all know that mama tried.
Grace Potter - Paris (Ooh La La) : I have been to Paris. It did make me go Ooh La La. I crashed there a few times, and still didn't get that Louis Vuitton I wanted. I have seen Grace Potter, and she is a rockstar to the core. She is my spirit animal, so any and every song of hers, I will gladly play on repeat. She has the medicine, and I want it. Pure power, femininity, and edge.
Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do : You know the drill. Someone is surging. Someone is going uncomfortably hard, and then painstakingly slow. There is team tactics. There is suffering. There is gamesmanship. They can't hold the pace that has been causing you pain. Then. You take your world by the reigns and navigate your steed away from them. You look back, and you say, look what you made me do. We had a good thing going, but now, shake it off. Shake, shake, shake it off.
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - Against the Wind : Do I need to say more? You are alone. You are against the wind. All you have to do is have forward progress and take care of yourself, but you are riding against the wind.
George Jones - The Race Is On : Ok, bear with me. You are on your group ride. You are at the gravel race. You are riding with someone that told you that they were your friend. Everyone is cruising and chatting and next thing you... BAM, BANG, BOOM. The race is on, and here comes pride on the back stretch and you may only find heartache on the other side, but you always choose the race. You don't regret this. You chose this.
Johnny Cash - Man in Black : I like black. It is flattering. It is mysterious. Sometimes I like to wear all Specialized black just to be the woman in black. Don't you want to know why?
The Highwaymen - Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys : Obviously. Cowgirls win. If you want my advice on dating cowboys, I wouldn't ask if I were you. What do they say about doctors and lawyers and such? Besides, I am more of a cat lady than a puppy person.
Jason Isabel - Traveling Alone : You will most likely end up alone in gravel racing. You might as well get used to traveling alone.
Marty Robbins - El Paso : I sure do love a gunfighter ballad. I mean, when we are out on those open roads, don't you feel you are a part of something more? I love a song with a good story. Tragedy or not. A story allows me to enter a new reality and absorb why I am here, and why I signed up for this very moment. Aren't we all a part of this great gravel ballad?
Jason Boland - Pearl Snaps : Cheap bourbon whiskey and pearl snap shirts? Yes. Please. These things should stay the same, as well as gravel racing. When your world starts spinning and your head hurts, you will realize you are in the perfect zone for the day. Keep pedaling.
Pistol Annies: Hell on Heels : Show them what you are made of. High heels, cowboy boots, or your latest pair of Specialized Recons. Let them say what they will, but you know what you brought. This is about your race. Your preparation. Your goal.
John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads : We have all been on those country roads, riding our horses all day, and just want to go home. Please, take me home, country roads, and we realize, we are right where we belong.