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2016 18 Sep

California Highway 46

von: Manafonistas Filed under: Blog | TB | 1 Comment

Susan Spano reports that, among such fabled roads as California 1 in Big Sur, U.S. 395 on the eastern flank of the High Sierra and California 29 through the Napa Valley, California 46 keeps a pretty low profile. But between the nascent wine town of Paso Robles and oceanfront Cambria, it’s about as fine a drive as can be, cutting for 40 miles across mounded Thomas Hart Benton hills.

In spring there are wildflowers, and just about every turn leads to a pocket of wineries (including family-operated Fratelli Perata on Arbor Road), where you can sample the region’s highly prized Zinfandels, Cabernet Sauvignons and Pinot Noirs.

But be warned: Highway 46 turns eerie east of Paso Robles, winding through lonely, brooding country on its way to the Central Valley. Known in those parts as „Blood Alley,“ it’s infamous for fatal accidents, including the head-on collision near the hamlet of Cholame that killed 24-year-old James Dean on Sept. 30, 1955. Now, with a Manafonista around who might have been on that road once in a while, some of our favourite themes might cover new ground. Don’t be afraid of a different soundtrack then! Though Daniel Lanois‘ „Goodbye to Language“ might be part of the game.

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  1. Michael Engelbrecht:

    „GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE sounds like country music that has been dubbed from tape to tape until it has achieved the consistency of spun honey. It’s difficult music to talk about in any detail because the details themselves are so diffuse; no two tracks sound exactly the same but they all blur together, even after dozens of listens, into a blissful kind of ur-music, amniotic and quietly ecstatic. Parsing its mechanics is a little like trying to describe the specific qualities of different kinds of sunlight.“

    – Philip Sherburne, pitchfork review

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