Sunday, June 12, 2011

Boxcar Willie - King of the Road (1980)

Here's an album that goes well with the Slim Whitman album! I remember the TV commercials for this album. I never would have thought that I would end up getting it! After I got the Slim Whitman album a few weeks ago, I went in search of the Boxcar Willie album, and I found it in the HPB bargain bin! There's no yodeling on this one, and Boxcar Willie doesn't have the nice hair that Slim Whitman has, but I enjoyed it. Also, Boxcar Willie was from Ellis County, Texas, which is just south of Dallas! I also found out that he was Tommy Lee Jones' first cousin. (Throwing in some trivia for you there.) I had a nice surprise when I heard the song "I Saw the Light" on this album. It brought back memories of being in choir at school from 7th through 9th grades. That was one of the songs we sang regularly, and I hadn't thought of it in a long time. Enjoy!

Track listing for Boxcar Willie - King of the Road:

Side 1:
1. King of the Road
2. Wabash Cannonball
3. You Are My Sunshine
4. Boxcar Blues
5. Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes
6. Your Cheatin' Heart
7. I Saw the Light
8. Wreck of the Old '97
9. Hank and the Hobo
10. Peace in the Valley

Side 2:
1. Mule Train
2. Hey Good Lookin'
3. Kaw-Liga
4. Move It On Over
5. London Leaves
6. Rolling in My Sweet Baby's Arms
7. Divorce Me C.O.D.
8. Red River Valley
9. Heaven
10. San Antonio Rose


Armpit Studios said...

The commercials for Slim and Willie usually ran during KCRG's Creature Feature after the news on Friday nights, or during the after-school reruns of Gilligan's Island and Brady Bunch. I'm not sure why they picked those time slots, when their main audience was a bunch of kids.

Fang Shih-yu said...

Fun blog, Esther! Thanks for posting all these rare recordings!

This record and the Slim Whitman one were being sold on TV simultaneously, I think! My father got BOTH on 8-Track!

Now to complete the proper trilogy, you need to post "The Many Moods of Mel" LP from Mel Street that was also being advertised at about the same time! :o)

tanktop said...

Hi Esther! Tanktop from Ontario here.
Texas has an inordinant, extraordinary amount of native musical talent. Next to Canada, & perhaps Britain, I always find a Texas talent popping into my headphones!
Annd here's yet another wonderful talent in Boxcar Willie. I love this album. I've always leaned toward country music, and I thank you so much for sharing!

Esther said...

Thanks y'all for your kind comments!