To help inspire the traveler in you, I am going to start periodically sharing guest posts from travelers I meet on the road. We’re going to start things off with a bit of an untraditional guest, who instead of writing will sing.
Name: David Strackany (also known as: Paleo)
Hometown: Elgin, Illinois, USA
Where he traveled: Across the USA. 215 cities. 54,434 miles. Still on the road.
Trip duration: 365+ days
Paleo is a good friend from college, one of the brains behind Iowa City’s James Gang, and a musical prodigy–the man drips creativity. He writes, records, composes, and sings and has been doing it all on the road touring, living out of his car, on couches, in borrowed basements, coffee shops, back rooms, friend’s parents’ spare bedrooms and other places for the last year, where he has been writing a song-a-day for a year and posting them to his website. April 15, 2007 was his 365th day. Traveling is tough, as is writing, and recording a song-a-day makes it even tougher. The amazing thing is that most of Dave’s songs are impressively good and in most cases it’s not just him and a guitar, but a variety of instruments real and found, played and recorded in stairwells, bathrooms, back porches, churches and anywhere else he could find. To get a feel for his travels see the absolutely phenomenal photo travelogue by Cary Norton, who accompanied him for a few weeks. Cary’s photos capture a lot of the texture of America’s vast landscapes and provide a great glimpse not only into the Paleo’s DIY music world, but also an authentic photographic glimpse into the jagged edges and dog-eared corners of America’s grassroots independent music scene.
Where our paths crossed: Dave is a friend from college and our paths last crossed at a wedding of some friends in July 2006 in Iowa (right before I left the US) after he performed on The University of Iowa Pentacrest. (Day #105 in his journey)
Two of my favorite tracks from his song diary:
What you can do now:
- Paleo’s website and song diary (all 365 of his songs are available for free download)
- Paleo’s MySpace page and tour schedule
- A phenomenal photo travelogue of Paleo’s travels by Cary Norton
- Download a podcast interview with Paleo on USA Today’s Pop Candy on iTunes.
- NPR’s Morning Edition covers the story here. updated
- Suggest yourself to be featured as a future noboundaries.org “Guest Traveler” by contacting us.
- Read entries from other “Guest Travelers” featured on noboundaries.org:
- 陈峦 – Chen Luan, a friend from Shanghai on her trip to Lugu Lake in Yunan, China.
- Nicole Bruskewitz saving turtles and backpacking the back roads of Central
and South America for a year.
- Richard Bitbaba, Iranian-born adventure traveler, takes on Mt Everest.
- Davey Dance, a travel video series I guarantee will help you lose an hour of your day.
- Brian Triplett and Denny Clark walk across America, and Brian on life in Africa on his 8 months trip around-the-world.