Ah, the Alaska Highway, two words that roll off the tongue as soft as the rolling hills that mark it’s starting point. Also, two words that roll off with sharp anger when rocks shoot up like bullets at your windshield.
The highway showed no mercy to songwriter Jody Peck and her car on a short return home for a pair of concerts last week, but it didn’t harden her softness for home either. Indeed, Peck has written an ode to the famous ribbon of road that opened up the North, a road that’s bound her family through generations.
"I've driven north on the Alaska highway every year of my life, so, yeah, I have a bit of an attachment to it," Peck said.
"I actually realized when I was driving here two nights ago that I missed a verse that was something about salt on the road and rock chips in the windshield, and I was like, what a missed opportunity. But unfortunately, four verse songs they get too long."
The song will appear on Peck’s upcoming new country album inspired by and written for this place she calls home.
Here’s a clip of Peck performing “Alaska Highway” at Whole Wheat & Honey in Fort St. John, April 13, 2019.
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