On the Road Again - Hollywood Values, Big and Rich and Gravel

10/03/2007 08:20 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The following piece was produced by the Huffington Post's OffTheBus project.

It's not Fred Thompson's best week ever. Yesterday George Bush introduced an Admiral as surprisingly rooted in show business. ''After all, he is humble, well-grounded and filled with common sense. Not exactly what one thinks about when they think of Hollywood values."

Secondly, the actor finds himself on the campaign trail with a member of country band Big and Rich. That begs the question for the rest of the candidates, what musicians best get your values across and who do you want on the bus? To add to the challenge, what song? Candidates in italics have already selected a campaign song. For the rest, one has been selected for you.

Breaking News Update: Mike Gravel 2008 Campaign Office just sent me his tune and tour choices: "Frank Sinatra would have been his tour partner. Power to the People by Lennon is the tune of choice."

That should have been obvious as this is one of his flyers:


For the remaining candidates, some tour buddies have been chosen for appropriate band names, some for the mental picture of the road trip. If the band is defunct, I ask that they reunite. This is only a tentative list, so start thumbing through those album collections. Yes, albums. Barack has listed his two favorite bands as Stevie Wonder and Earth Wind and Fire. Submit your choices - I'm hoping for at least one coffee spit take today.

Bonus track? A link to Alan Keyes singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Bonus Fact? Barry Cowsill of the family band who performed the hit song "Hair" was lost to Hurricane Katrina. Don't know if Edwards knew that when he chose the song for his video, but it ties in with his New Orleans campaign kickoff.

Fred Thompson
Big and Rich
Mind On My Money and my Money on My Mind

The Dixie Chicks
Jailhouse Rock

John Fogerty
Center Field

Celine Dion
You And I

The Four Tops
Reach Out, I'll Be There

The Cowsills

New York Dolls
Mr. Big Stuff

Frank Sinatra
Power to the People

Slim Whitman
Son of a Preacher Man

California Dreamin

Broadway Cast of Wizard of Oz
Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Paul Simon
Is She Really Going Out With Him?

Toby Keith
One Step Forward and Two Steps Back

Ben Harper
Better Way

The Roots
Peace Train

The Osmonds
We Are Family

Willie Nelson
War - What Is It Good For

Ted Nugent
Gypsies Tramps and Thieves

The Call
Let the Day Begin

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