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These United States: Rambling Americana That Melts Into the Arizona Desert

Somewhere north of Apache Junction, there's a long road leading to a rock on the edge of the Salt River that Jesse Elliott still needs to see.

For a songwriter who makes the most out of near-endless traveling, that rock represents just another one of those tempting little side roads in life.

"When I find myself in Phoenix I will drive straight east on the freeway til I hit Apache Junction, take the largest road that I can find / Avoiding any obstacles, I will focus on the present, I will melt into the desert, I will sense everything around me deeply / Finding the Salt River, sitting on a rock," sings Elliott on "Vince," a track on These United States' self-titled album.

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Eric is a freelance writer covering music, travel, science, and food and drink.
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