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High Five

What counts in music today

By James Reed
Globe Staff / June 24, 2011

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“I’m very much a road warrior,’’ says Jill Andrews, the singer-songwriter whose new album owes as much to her Tennessee roots as it does to indie pop. On tour behind her new fan-funded album, “The Mirror,’’ Andrews opens for veteran country-rock musician JD Souther tomorrow night at Johnny D’s. Andrews recently told us five things that she gets excited about while on the road.

1. Restaurants without combo meals. “Riding around in a car for weeks at a time can be pretty challenging, especially when your body is trying to digest food made in the Ronald McDonald Laboratory. I’ve done some serious daydreaming about starting a chain restaurant supplied with food from local farms.’’

2. Priceline. “Last night we stayed at a four-star Marriott for $50!’’

3. Making tractor trailer drivers honk. “I know it seems immature, but there is something so fun about the unspoken conversation that takes place between the truck driver and the car passenger.’’

4. Good new music. “I listen to a lot of music on the road. I tend to wear out my favorite albums like a pair of contacts that you sleep in and change out bimonthly. I’m really looking forward to Gillian Welch’s new album, ‘The Harrow & the Harvest.’ ’’

5. Having windows in my car. “We stayed in Brooklyn a couple of nights on this trip. We parked in a well-lit, seemingly safe spot in the Park Slope area. When we came back, there was one less window and one less GPS.’’

Jill Andrews performs with JD Souther at Johnny D’s tomorrow at 7 p.m. Tickets: $22. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com