“I Wonder If God Likes Country Music” is a track that Bobbie Jean Carroll Orville Couch penned. The country music artists who covered the song were Bill Anderson with Roy Acuff. Released in 1983, it was Roy Acuff’s last single.
Bill Anderson worked with Roy Acuff on this tune to tell the story of a man. This man loves country music and has a strong determination to become a big star in the industry. The aged narrator wonders if God likes country music. He also is unsure if God will allow him to sing once he gets to heaven. This track will touch your heart like no other as it tells about the sad truth of getting old. A song for all the old country singers who can no longer sing the songs like they used to. For the country artists who miss the life of performing with his band is what it shares. Thirdly, this is for all the artists who dedicated their life making big as a country musician.
I’ve sang my songs from Maine to California, seen the world through the window of a car
I never saved a dime back when I made it, I always thought someday I’d be a star
But now my voice is cracked and no one wants me, my wife gave up on me years ago
It’s been so long my kids don’t even know me, pickin’ and singin’ is the only life I know
Between Anderson and Acuff, Acuff portrays the role of the man in “I Wonder If God Likes Country Music”. Anderson mostly performed this hit at the Grand Ole Opry doing another of his quiet talking songs. On the other hand, Roy Acuff provides the emotional punch on this moving song.
The Story Behind the Roy Acuff and “I Wonder If God Likes Country Music”
Would you like to know why? The said track is somehow about Roy. In the early 1980s, Acuff moved into a small house on the Opryland grounds and continued performing daily on stage. He did this after the death of his wife, Mildred. Most days, Roy Acuff arrived early at the Opry before the shows. He performed odd jobs, like stocking soda in backstage refrigerators.
In 1991, he received the National Medal of Arts awards. Apart from that, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts gave him the lifetime achievement award. Acuff was the first ever Country musician to receive the esteemed honor.
On November 23, 1992, Roy Acuff died in Nashville. He died of congestive heart failure at the age of 89.
Acuff may have left the world, but his legacy will live on.
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