Dave Dudley

Six Days on the Road [Simitar]

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Dave Dudley's 1963 hit "Six Days on the Road" was a watershed single -- a country smash that crossed over to the pop Top 40 and inspired the veritable subgenre of trucking songs that reached full flower in the '70s. The song was also influential for Johnny Voit's "shotgun" guitar leads, where he snapped his electric guitar strings against the neck for a percussive effect. This brief collection looks like any other budget disc you might find in a truck stop bargain bin, but features 20-bit mastering on ten songs recorded for the Golden Wing label in 1962-1963, including the original hit version of the title track. "Taxi Cab Driver" is "Six Days on the Road" with different lyrics, and several of the other songs are traditional numbers ("Barbara Allen," "John Henry") or covers of recent hits ("Above and Beyond," "The Gods Were Angry With Me"). The track sequence given on the package does not agree with the actual order of songs on the disc, but Six Days on the Road is a valuable and inexpensive anthology of early recordings made particularly noteworthy in the absence of a readily available collection of Dudley's Mercury hits.

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