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There can't be a more aptly named band than America. This folk rock band's sound is steeped in Americana, evoking memories of driving along the coast, vast open sky and a limitless horizon. Oddly enough, though, band founder Dewey Bunnell is British and Americans Dan Peek and Gerry Beckley were in England when the trio formed the band in 1970.

After it was released in October of 1972, "Ventura Highway" quickly climbed the charts to number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there about twelve weeks. This certified that they were a part of America's pop culture landscape. Most of America's music is great for long drives or traveling. It's so relaxing and downhome, yet hip. You can almost feel the wind blowing through your hair when "Ventura Highway" plays. Nothing makes one feel more free than the open road. When you're out there on the highway, cool wind in your hair, it's not about the destination, but the journey.

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About the Curator - Sonya Alexander

Sonya Alexander - Musicto Curator

After graduating from UCLA, Sonya trained to be a talent agent. After realizing she belonged on the creative end, she started freelance writing, covering film festivals for Los Angeles local papers. She's written about film, video games, global affairs, wildlife conservation and, most recently, music. She specializes in classic rock, classic soul, blues, classic country, classical and world music and is tri-coastal, residing in Los Angeles, New York and New Orleans.