It took a while after I began playing Rock & Roll at the radio station for record companies to begin sending us CD's.
But they did- not too many- after all, I was the only one playing our music (still am), and only for one hour once a week- but enough to keep Engineer Ken Stanley and I fairly up to date with new releases.
We'd split them and take them home to listen.
Occasionally we would play one of these NEW albums all the way through on a show, not an old classic one, just for something different.
Well, Tom Petty's 3rd solo album Highway Companion in 2006, caught Engineer Ken's ear.
So he suggested we do that one.
As I recall, I hadn't even ever heard any of it, but I went along with it.
Hey it was an easy show, any dope can play an album straight through...not much thought goes into that, lol!
As things turned out, we took the chance and the CD was a successful one.
Produced excellently by Jeff Lynne from ELO & The Traveling Wilburys, etc., it topped out at # 4 on the Billboard charts.
It was different from Petty's previous releases, with songs about the road (as suggested by the title) and aging- they were darker but still rocked.
What we have here is a show from 2006, when this album was new, and we will be playing the songs in their arranged order.
Here is the opening half of what turned out to be a fun time for me, with a rather light-hearted, humorous presentation.
This is the link to Part One, at WLSO.FM: