King of the Road – Roger Miller

30. august 2018

Jeg er ikke sikker på, om Roger Miller kom på den danske hitliste i 1965 med sit store hit “King of the Road”. Men sikker er jeg på, at Jørgen de Mylius i tide og utide spillede den sang, så den havde alle muligheder for at lagre sig dybt i min cerebrale jukebox. Og det er da også en sang, der i sin enkelhed og iørefaldenhed vedbliver med at fænge en. Et slidstærkt hit og en langtidsholdbar sang. I det hele taget kunne Miller det med at skrue en simpel popsang samnen. Et andet eksempel er “Dang me”.

Og Miller, der også var skuespiller, satte sig dybe spor i amr. countrymusik som sangskriver i Nashville. Så dybe spor, at han her mange år efter sin tidlige død som 56-årig af kræft (i 1992), fejres af mange yngre kolleger med et stort hyldestalbum. Med 31 sange demonstrerer kollegerne Millers holdbarhed som sangskriver.

1. “Chug-a-Lug,” Asleep at the Wheel featuring Huey Lewis
2. “Dang Me,” Brad Paisley
3. “Leaving’s Not the Only Way to Go,” The Stellas and Lennon & Maisy
4. “Kansas City Star,” Kacey Musgraves
5. “World So Full of Love,” Rodney Crowell
6. “Old Friends,” Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard
7. “Lock, Stock and Teardrops,” Mandy Barnett
8. “You Oughta Be Here With Me,” Alison Krauss featuring the Cox Family
9. “The Crossing,” Ronnie Dunn and the Blind Boys of Alabama
10. “In the Summertime,” The Earls of Leicester featuring Shawn Camp
11. “England Swings,” Lyle Lovett
12. “You Can’t Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd,” Various Artists
13. “Half a Mind,” Loretta Lynn
14. “Invitation to the Blues,” Shooter Jennings and Jessi Colter
15. “It Only Hurts Me When I Cry” (Live), Dwight Yoakam
16. “Oo De Lolly,” Eric Church
17. “Engine, Engine #9,” Emerson Hart featuring Jon Randall
18. “When Two Worlds Collide,” Flatt Lonesome
19. “Reincarnation,” Cake
20. “You Can’t Do Me This Way,” Dean Miller featuring the McCrary Sisters
21. “Nothing Can Stop Me,” Toad the Wet Sprocket
22. “Husbands and Wives,” Jamey Johnson featuring Emmylou Harris
23. “Pick Up My Heart,” Lily Meola
24. “I Believe in the Sunshine,” Daphne and the Mystery Machines
25. “Guv’ment,” John Goodman
26. “Hey, Would You Hold It Down?” Ringo Starr
27. “The Last Word in Lonesome Is Me,” Dolly Parton featuring Alison Krauss
28. “I’d Come Back to Me,” Radney Foster featuring Tawnya Reynolds
29. “One Dying and a Burying,” The Dead South
30. “Do Wacka Do,” Robert Earl Keen, Jr.
31. “King of the Road,” Various Artists

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