I’m off to The Lakes in a couple of weekend’s time with 2 very good friends from University days. We’re all now past 50 and we’re all consciously making time for each other following the death of a mutual friend. We’re attempting a couple of big walks including the 23km Kentmere Round that takes in 6 or 7 of Wainwright’s peaks. On the musical front I’ve been listening to and sharing with them via Spotify playlists a lot of American rock music in recent months and have really got into 70s ZZ Top and the sub-genre of Desert Rock. I’m familiar with what Josh Homme’s contributed to this style of ambient blues rock and my ear horn’s lasso also takes in bands like Calexico, Giant Sands and even The Pixies (e.g. ‘Ana’). I’d really appreciate any recommendations for songs that fall into this category and by way of example I’m throwing up ‘El Diablo’ by ZZ Top, a song that for me typifies the mood this genre evokes. We’re 3 blokes who have very diverse music tastes but this music is something that we’ve come to enjoy together when we meet up, walk for hours and then head back to enjoy a glass of something strong as we talk into the early hours.