I’ve been sort of circling around an idea, one that might or might not turn into an occasional feature for us here on the ol’ GMC. It has to do with a couple of recent thoughts — neither of which rise to the level of an epiphany, but are still worth considering.
First of all, I realize that many of our regulars probably prefer certain types of music from among the many genres featured here, and that’s fine. But I began to wonder if it’s possible to open their eyes (and ears) to a variety that wouldn’t normally attract them, and if so, how I would go about choosing a piece of music that would do the job? For example, what country music song would get the attention of those who have never cared for what they consider ‘hillbilly’ music?
I don’t want to offer up one that was a cross-over hit in its heyday — that would be too easy, and it wouldn’t prove much. And since we’re all about nostalgia, the chosen song would also have to be a classic traditional one, rather than something that passes for country music these days.
Individual tastes are impossible to predict, but it occurred to me that current reality TV might provide a clue to what would appeal to folks. The popularity of programs like American Loggers, Swamp Men, Ice Road Truckers and countless others with blue-collar heroes would seem to point to a warm reception for my chosen song: Dave Dudley’s 1963 truck driver’s anthem, “Six Days On The Road.”
Of course, all this could also just be a way of featuring some of my old favorites, but in any case, if the song is new to you it will be an eye-opener — or a head-scratcher.