Friday Five: Highways
The date was this same one way back fifty-six years ago when the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 was signed, officially creating the United States Interstate Highway System. It was the largest public works project in the history of the United States and you’ve been paying a tax on your gasoline ever since. Life on the road has never been the same. Song lyrics have never been the same, either. The highway has been the topic of choice for hundreds of thousands of tunes. Here are five personal favorites.
His version will almost make you forget the Rascal Flatts version. Almost.
Did you know that Highwaymen had another “project” together after their last album was released back in in 1995? Between the years of 1997 and 1999, Nelson, Kristofferson, Cash, and Jennings also provided the voice and dramatization for the Louis L’Amour Collection, a four CD box set of seven Louis L’Amour books.
Highways didn’t have to be of the interstate variety to make a songwriter pick up a pen. This classic Williams recording of a Leon Payne song is iconic and inspired the name of a music label.
2. Dolly Parton – “Highway Headin’ South”
This is pulled from Dolly’s variety show in the late 1970s.
This fun honky-tonk trucking-themed song was the third track off of Strait’s 2008 studio album Troubadour. After 24 prior studio albums, this project was Strait’s first to win Country Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards.
- bob: Thanks Barry. Just reserved the Adam Gussow book. Sounds interesting.
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- Leeann: Wow! Heavy topic and horrifying indeed! "Beer for My Horses" was all fun and games until that reference, I'll have …
- Barry Mazor: Everything else aside, the way that reporter fills us in, with must-have, pointless generational snark included, about who this "Little …
- luckyoldsun: "The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia" seems to be about a lynching--even if there's something about a judge …
- Arlene: Sorry. I meant to give the link for "Supper Time." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ58Kfe41kI
- Arlene: Another song sung by Ethel Waters: Irving Berlin's "Supper Time"
- bob: Powerful songs. I read the book "A Lynching in the Heartland" by James H. Madison about a dozen years ago. …
- Ron: Sky Above, Mud Below by Tom Russell is another.
- Jack Williams: Another Othis Taylor song from White African is "My Soul's in Louisiana."