Biking Beats: 5 Songs to Listen to on the Trail

Photos by L.G. Patterson

WELCOME TO OUR NEW ULTIMATE LISTS! In each issue, you will find a curated selection of things to listen to or watch, put together by either an on-air talent from Zimmer Communications or a member of the Inside Columbia staff. For this inaugural list, Scotty Cox has shared his ultimate playlist for biking the trails. Click here or visit our YouTube channel to listen to the playlist. Enjoy!

Scotty Cox“Oh great, Scotty’s talking about the trails again …”

Sorry, not sorry! It’s not hyperbole when I say biking the MKT and Katy trails has changed my life, physically, mentally and even spiritually. That’s why I love spreading the word about the jewels available in our town. I often listen to music while riding and have provided a few of my favorite songs to listen to while riding to get you started!

“Roll Me Away” – Bob Seger

Even though Bob is talking about a motorcycle, “Headed out to my big two-wheeler, I was tired of my own voice…” is a lyric I really relate to. Like most of the songs on this list, it also has that driving beat that lends itself to good pedaling.

“She Wouldn’t Be Gone” – Blake Shelton

A strange choice maybe, but it’s a song about a guy looking for the woman he lost. But again, a driving, getting-down-the-road beat makes it very ridable.

“Running On Empty” – Jackson Browne

I can’t hear it without seeing Forrest, Forrest Gump crisscrossing America. Running yes, but still, constant movement.

“Jessica” – Allman Brothers Band

One of those songs where you might not recognize the title, but (if you’re anywhere near my age) you hear it and go, “Oh, yeah.” It’s another one with easy, constant movement. Plus, instrumentals like this one are nice on the trail because it’s always a little easier enjoying the scenery when you’re not focused on lyrics.

“Cast Your Fate to The Wind” – Vince Guaraldi

First of all, Vince Guaraldi is the Charlie Brown and Peanuts guy, so any of that stuff works as well. This song has a drive too, but it’s not as intense. Just a reminder that it’s not always about getting there in a hurry. Sometimes just easing down the trail is more appropriate.

Listen to Scotty Cox weekday mornings on Clear 99.3 as part of “Liz and Scotty in the Morning.”

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