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Willi Carlisle knows a thing or two about a thing or two. And one of those things is vanlife, specifically how living in a van, even though we’ve been sold on it, ain’t that fun. Carlisle, if you haven’t heard of him, is a folksy country singer who takes a bit of a “brainy” approach to songwriting. Here, he pokes fun at the vanlife phenomenon but he knows that many people live in their vans out of necessity, not choice, given the current state of housing (ever seen the Oscar-winning Nomadland?).

“It’s friggen satire-worthy, ya punks,” he wrote on his Instagram page regarding the song, “the way the housing crisis in the USA is turned into an Instagrammable phenomenon. It’s worthy of our silliest behaviors. I don’t have solutions yet, but I do have friends.”

Carlisle’s new release is getting play on NPR this week. 


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