The big news at Dig HQ in Baltimore is that I am all packed up and ready to relocated to Portland Oregon at the start of July. I moved to Baltimore in 2004 to attend college, then I stayed for more college, and after 9 years I found that I had adopted a pretty great dog, worked 4 years in the public school system, performed for 2 years alongside the Atlantic Guitar Quartet, and started a pretty badass music blog which I'm proud to say is also repped by Steve in NYC. With his help we have written over 1,000 articles, hosted a multitude of shows, and brought you consistent content from across the musical board. I believe Those Who Dig has a unique diversity of musical taste and I have been proud of our work since its inception back in 2010.
However, if you've been keeping a keen eye on my posts in the last couple of months you might have noticed a slight bend toward the Pacific Northwest with most of my attention being given to artists such as Laura Gibson, Bryan John Appleby, Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners, Noah Gundersen, Denver, Barna Howard, and complete coverage to the Deschutes River Recordings. Digging in specifically to the music of the region was my subtle way of foreshadowing this move.
Here's where you come in. I am asking the Dig Nation to help me compile a playlist long enough to serve as my mixtape across America. I'll be driving zig-zag up and down and across this great big nation Dean Moriarty style for about two weeks and I want to know what songs are your favorite for a road trip like this. They can be related to a specific area of the country or just generally sweet tunes to drive to – your choice. Also if you've got a story associated with the song I'd love to hear it and share it with the readers as this playlist comes together.
You can send me your submissions via our comment box below, TWD's Facebook page, or either the TWD Twitter account, or me personally at DaveWhoDigs. Additionally, if you happen to be reading this as either a Portland resident or a Portland musician please feel free to reach out as I look forward to covering the PDX area in person very soon. I always thought leaving Baltimore would look sort of like McNulty's montage at the end of season 5 of The Wire, but I don't have HBO money so this is the next best thing. Regardless, in the words of Big Bill Broonzy, "I got the keys to the highway, I'm billed out and bound to go. I'm gonna leave here runnin', cause walkin' is most too slow." You dig?