Your Take: Who’s Your Daddy
Sunday marks Father’s Day, a holiday dedicated to celebrating dad of all shapes and sizes – both physically and emotionally.
The father figure has always played an important role in country music, from Waylon Jenning’s “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” to George Strait’s “Love Without End, Amen.” On the other hand, some songs never explicitly mention dear old Dad – kind of like the musical card I just picked up for my father yesterday that launches into Alan Jackson’s “Working Class Hero” when opened.
It’s no surprise, then, that this week in country music news saw a lot of buzz around father songs. The crew over at CMT joined in on the fun, listing their favorites ranging from classics such as “Daddy Frank,” by Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton’s “Daddy Come and Get Me” and “That’s My Job” by Conway Twitty mixed in with newer songs such as Alan Jackson’s “Drive” and “He Didn’t Have to Be” by Brad Paisley.
The Boot also spoke with country stars about the roles their fathers played in their careers. Keith Urban, in particular, credited his dad with jump-starting his love for music:
Keith Urban cites his father as the reason he made it to Nashville and is doing what he loves to do. “His record collection was what got me pointed towards Nashville,” says the multi-talented musician. “He drove me to the music store to buy my first guitar. He was always extremely supportive of my music, and I have a lot to to be grateful to him for. Years later, he’s still married to my mum, and he’s got two sons that love him. So, I think that counts for a good job.” Keith actually wrote a tribute to his father, aptly titled ‘Song for Dad,’ which appears on his ‘Golden Road’ album.
So in the spirit of Father’s Day, we want to know about the impact your father has had on your love and taste in country music. What songs do you remember your dad listening to growing up? Did your dad help you fall in love with country music, or was it one of the reasons you avoided the genre?
And while you’re at it, we’d love to know your favorite dad song – check out Juli’s 30 Songs About Dads list from last year to get you started.
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