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Writing by Ruby Jones // Artwork by Freya Bennett // Ruby Jones is back with the first playlist of 2019, perfect for long drives, truck stops, and all kinds of scenery – Road tripping!

Dear Readers,

As the last of the summer slips away it is the perfect time for one thing: road trips. Whether you’re taking a family holiday or a last minute trek to the beach, the best part about hitting the open road is winding the windows down and playing driving tunes. I based this playlist on a mix I made a few years ago, I had just finished a four month tour across America (which is basically one long road trip)  only to have my band split up at the end. Lost and confused I went on one last pilgrimage with an old friend to Astoria to go to a party in a shipping yard. We went to the beach The Goonies was filmed, saw wild elks and ate copious amounts of waffles all the while listening to a lot of Willie Nelson. I’ve listened to the mix every trip since – adding and subtracting songs with each passing year. I love the journey more than the destination, I love the fizzy feeling of anticipation that only comes with the open road, I love finding weird roadside attractions, buying useless souvenirs and drinking bad gas station coffee. So wherever you find yourself, here is your soundtrack.

Happy travels, Ruby xx


Ruby Jones

Ruby Jones is a feminist, musician and writer from Melbourne. She has toured the world as a vocalist and as a result probably owns a souvenir coffee mug from your hometown. When she’s not making mixtapes she can be found singing and playing tambourine in her band, volunteering at Girls Rock Melbourne or re-watching Twin Peaks. Find her over at @rubyjonesband. [Photo credit Lilli Waters]

Freya Bennett

Freya Bennett is the Co-Founder and Director of Ramona Magazine. She is a writer and editor from Dja Dja Wurrung Country who loves grey days, libraries and dandelion tea. You can follow her on Instagram @freya___bennett

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