Dave Dudley

George and the North Woods

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Perhaps it's unfair for an artist to become as strongly typecast as Dave Dudley did -- he became one of a few country artists known for singing trucking songs, and although he had hits with other kinds of material as well, it is his truck driving music that continues to garner interest. George and the North Woods shows how entertaining Dudley could be outside the context of trucking songs, since not one appears on the album. Most of the songs were written by Dudley or his buddy, Tom T. Hall, who contributed the title track, a Top Ten hit. Slim Willet's country classic "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes" is a fairly traditional choice of repertoire, but Dudley shows an adventurous streak with covers of "Bad Moon Rising" and "Blowin' in the Wind." Truck driving aficionados may balk, but George and the North Woods shows Dudley at his conventional country best.

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