October 17

A Cowboy Take on John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads”

American country music artist Daryle Singletary did not leave his country fans empty. Just like many legendary singers who have gone to the afterlife, Singletary’s legacy lives on. As his music kept being played and listened to, we continue to discover and appreciate more his musical talents.

The singer may not have achieved massive success from his recordings of contemporary songs in the ’90s, but he scored five Top 40 hits from 1995 up to 1998. Moreover, his upbeat songs “Amen Kind of Love,” “Too Much Fun,” and “I Let Her Lie” earned him Top 5 hits.

From 2000 until 2010, Singletary released four more studio albums on different record labels. Some of these comprised of covers of greatest hits including John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” Singletary’s version of the iconic tune appeared on his 2010 album Rockin’ in the Country. It’s one of the 12 tracks included on the said record. Though it’s a cover song, Singletary’s unmatched vocal infused a cowboy element into it making the song an authentic country sound. His distinct singing style wonderfully combined that of George Jones and Merle Haggard. Had he not died in February, Singletary may have recorded more cowboy hits we’ll all love to listen to.

Here’s Singletary’s remake of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”

Brief Song Background

John Denver did not only record the song “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” He also co-wrote it with Bill Danoff and Tiffany Nivert. It eventually became one of Denver’s most notable songs and signature hit. Additionally, it holds a prominent status as West Virginia’s iconic emblem describing the place as “almost Heaven.” Likewise, the song went to become one of West Virginia’s official state anthems in 2014.

The composition of the song took place on the road while Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert were traveling to a family reunion in nearby Maryland. Danoff admitted that he’s never been to West Virginia prior to writing the song. While taking the little winding roads, Danoff penned a ballad about it. That composition became the song we all know today as

“Take Me Home, Country Roads.”

Originally, Danoff and Nivert planned to sell the song to Johnny Cash. However, Denver heard it first and became interested in recording it. The singer also announced that this song will be included on his next album. Denver performed the song for the first time during a set on December 30, 1970. It made a record for having the longest ovation, which lasted for five minutes, in the history of Cellar Door. In January 1971, the song got recorded in New York City.

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