March, 2018 saw Peter travel to Raleigh, NC to begin covering all 2,500 miles of US 1 from Fort Kent, Maine to Key West, Florida. He brought a chainsaw, because this is a huge subject. His first step was to begin to cut the project down to a manageable size. The second step was to get his feet under him to establish a process of taking pictures, exploring, and getting interviews. That step was fun and easy. At the end of April, Peter will be back out on the road in southern Virginia doing more research, pruning fearlessly, and writing more songs.
Opening Monologue from Raleigh, NC
Raleigh is a very fast-growing place, and Route 1 runs right through the city. It is just about half way in between Key West and Fort Kent. It is a place where Peter never visited before. These are a few of the reasons that Peter chose to start in Raleigh. Click below to hear more reasons.....
Power Trip Through Virginia
The Fall Line
How the path of the Piedmont Escarpment became the route of US1
Route 1 passes over or adjacent to the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna, The Kerr Dam on the Roanoke, The Harvell Dam on the Appomattox, the power station on Belle Isle on the James River (RVA), and even the drag races at Virginia Motorsports Park. Peter explores the geologic and historical reasons for this in his supercharged second video of the project.
Abandonment - Decay - Rebirth
One of the most compelling things about US 1 is how many times it has changed and how many ways it has been bypassed. The old 2-lane road that was established by the states in 1924 has been widened to multi-lane suburban boulevards, usurped by new limited access highways, or bypassed by the Interstate. Some old towns were leveled in the name of progress. Other town centers were left to struggle with the resulting economic dislocation. Some, like Franklinville Historic District haven't recovered. Others have. Could this be the theme for Peter's US Route 1 project? Click below to share yo
Lowest Common Denominator (Companion CD)
Unlike the usual process where music gets written and a video gets made based on the music, the US Route 1 project will be different. The photography and the interviews will inform the music that gets written. The music will be inspired by the variety of cultures and the history along US 1.