Chuck Ragan Compiles Tour Stories In
THE ROAD MOST TRAVELED
With Contributions from Flogging Molly, Frank Turner,
Social Distortion, Samiam, Gaslight Anthem and More...
“I chose the road at an early age,” he writes in the foreward. “Although I found amazing places, stories, and people, I’ve lost just as many. I’ll say, looking back on the course of it all, I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Collecting road stories and cautionary tales from Berlin to Boston, Hollywood to Helsinki, each chapter offers a unique perspective on travel and how to survive it. Each chapter has its own voice and its own pearls of wisdom, from Greg Anntonito of The Bouncing Soulsespousing the importance of sleep and water (“if you are touring for up to nine months a year, you have to develop endurance and a healthy lifestyle. Especially if you are a lead singer”) while internationally-published journalist Jonah Bayer finds sage advice in Bill and Ted (“the most valuable lesson that I’ve learned is simply to ‘be excellent to each other’”). Yo-yo demonstrator Steve Brown urges the need to explore (“No matter how tired you are, how broke you are, how little you feel loved or appreciated . . . go check out that county fair”) while Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon advocates not taking this touring life for granted (“I realized one day I’m going to be too old, or too tired, or just called to something else, so I need to enjoy this now. Live today. Watch everything, absorb everything, breathe it in”).
Narratives such as these and many more from Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath, Chunksaah Records president Kate Hiltz, At The Drive-In’s Jim Ward, and many more offer snapshots into a world than many have never witnessed while, at the same time, providing much-needed advice to those actually living that lifestyle.
The Road Most Traveled is a rollercoaster of a book, from "humorous anecdotes to near- death experiences and everything in between. Summing up the spirit and essence of the book, Chuck Ragan concludes, “Every one of these lives has a story, and every one of those stories has an origin and a reason. And every now and again, someone may be willing to share their story of the joy and tragedy of the road most traveled.”
The Road Most Traveled is available now in hardcover and eBook (146 pages; retail $16.95) at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Millner Crest, and ChuckRaganMusic.com, www.therevivaltour.com as well as at some of your favorite bands’ merch tables.