Highways have long criss-crossed the landscape of Americana Music. From Howlin' Wolf's Highway 49 to Bob Dylan's Highway 61--and Hank Williams' 'Lost Highway' which somehow encompasses them all. Luke Powers new CD takes a tour of Highway 100, half real, half myth. The real Tennessee state road 100 runs from Nashville almost to Memphis. Before I-40 became the main east-west artery in the 1950s, Highway 100 was the "blue highway" that carried a diversity of musicians playing country, blues, R&B and gospel to and from Music City, U.S.A. Luke lives less than a mile from the real HWY 100. He lives even closer to the mythic one. His new CD chronicles the terrain that Greil Marcus famously called the "old weird America." Part Civil War legend, part sideshow, part tall tale, part personal memory, HWY 100 gives the listener a ride and leaves him/her somewhere further on up the road. Luke says this latest batch of musical phantasmagoria is inspired by Snopes.com and Franz Kafka. "I won't use the cliché that these songs wrote themselves,"the songwriter says, "because I actually worked pretty hard to get them right. Or as Tommy Spurlock would say, 'wrong.'" The songs are generally up-tempo and under three minutes (after an internet reviewer complained that the last album had too many slow songs). "I know it's just one random guy's anonymous opinion," Powers admits, "but if this guy wants fast songs, I'll give him fast songs. Maybe if I can satisfy this one [person], I can die a happy man!"