John Roderick was born in the Seattle area, but spent much of his youth living in Anchorage, Alaska.
“Growing up in Alaska, you’re an American, you know you're an American. But you’re also thousands of miles away from America. So we fetishized America," said Roderick, who these days fronts the indie band, The Long Winters.
After high school, Roderick decided that the way to see America, and absorb the wisdom and freedom of the open road, was to stick out his thumb and hitchhike across the country.