I think The Open Road, both the record AND the song, begin with a bang because of the “3, 4” count-off, courtesy of Johnny. I always know right where to begin. Thanks, Johnny! —Clint

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Danielle Bourgeois

Jay is a very good songwriter and an even better arranger. He brought this song in with the complete version written entirely in his head. He’d never played it on guitar or even bass, but he had the entire structure written, he knew where the piano chord stabs would go, which guitar licks should ring out, and all the vocal harmony parts, etc. In that respect, it was one of the easier tunes to record. I got away with a decent slide guitar solo too! —Marty

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Danielle Bourgeois

Some songs almost write themselves, and this was one of them. I wrote it in the aftermath of Glenn Frey’s passing, I’d read an article in Rolling Stone that said his songs made you feel like you were on the open road, and while I didn’t really agree with that generalization, I liked the title and the idea.  I’d been reading about Neil Peart’s year-long travels on his motorcycle after the passing of his daughter and wife, and how it helped him heal and move on.  I liked the idea of the road as a means of redemption. — Jay

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 I actually struggled getting the right feel for this song.  I remember being extremely frustrated in the studio because it just didn't sound right to me.  As we did take after take, with my frustration growing due to the pressure to get it done (because our studio time was running out), I remember trying to swing the groove a little, and it worked.  That's exactly what the song needed.  A little attitude... —Danny

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Danielle Bourgeois

This song introduces some instruments that would appear throughout the record – harmonica and Hammond B3 organ. —Johnny

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Danielle Bourgeois

Then came the organ. It really needed to be there, but Johnny initially heard something different than the rest of us – but we wanted him to play that classic Hammond B3 organ. With a lot of coaxing, and some examples of “how it was done back in the day", Johnny managed to 'infuse' some Motown soul into his fingers.  He picked it up really fast, and even managed to get that Hammond B3 to 'wind up' from the bottom to the top, at the start of the last chorus. When I pressed 'record', and he nailed that move on the first try, we all pretty much fell out of our chairs! Great moment.  —Marty

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Danielle Bourgeois

The lyrics are brilliant, but being just a few years away from a horrible divorce, some of the lyrics were too close to home. —Danny

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Danielle Bourgeois

After studying the lyrics closely, I was blown away by the storyline and how meticulously well written they were. Sometimes we listen to a song, even one that a band-mate’s written, and don’t really appreciate the lyrical puzzle that lies within. —Clint

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Danielle Bourgeois

This is one of the few songs I’ve written that says exactly what I wanted it to say – no less, no more. I’m really proud of the lyrics. Clint and Marty did a great job of breathing life into those words. —Jay

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Danielle Bourgeois

We played a show in Llano in the spring and visited Flatfork Ranch the next day to record some footage that would eventually be used in the music video for the song. I remember being miserable because it was windy and very cold, and we were hungry! I wanted that cool rock star look so I wore a denim shirt and left some buttons open. I froze my ass off walking down the street, posing against the walls, and standing out in the open field!  But looking back at the photos and video, it ended up being a really great experience and totally worth it. —Johnny

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Danielle Bourgeois