With all his contributions in the country music industry for 35 years, Roger Miller seems haven’t got his proper due. A wordsmith with the mind of a master, it’s really hard to look for someone to compare to him. Not only that, the King of the Road also can make anyone smile.
Last Wednesday, June 20, it was announced that a huge album dedicated to Roger Miller will be delivered to country music lovers. All of the songs by Miller that you love will be, of course, be included. Not only that, it will be sung by some of the best country singers today like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Kelsea Musgraves, Dwight Yoakam, Rodney Crowell, and a few names outside country music like Toad The Wet Sprocket.
The Album is composed of 31 Tracks and named “King Of The Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller” to be released on August 31 this year. The producer of this project is Colby Barnum Wright of Center Music and Roger Miller’s son, Dean.
“I think my dad was always under-appreciated. When you’re funny, sometimes people take you less seriously, but those songs are harder to craft. People within the industry, or people who know the craft of songwriting, understand the level he was working on. But I’m not sure everybody understands the impact he had.” – Dean Miller
The King of the Road’s Music
The music of Roger Miller had a huge impact. He managed to land twenty-one Top 20 singles during his career, including two No. 1 songs. Not only that, he also had four No. 1’s performed by others. The King of the Road also has 11 Grammy Awards.
The list of artist that is stacked, according to Dean Miller, looking for contributors wasn’t even hard.
“I saw Eric at a bar in Austin and said, ‘Hey, we’re doing this tribute album to my dad!’ Eric immediately said, ‘Yes! I want to do ‘Oo De Lolly!’ And he started telling me how he would do it, right there. He had it all in his head already … I knew of Ringo [Starr’s] friendship with my dad and his appreciation for country music. Also, I wanted to surprise people by showing them who my dad had influenced.” Dean Miller said.
King Of The Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller Updated TRACKLIST:
Greatest Songwriter (Banter)
Chug-a-Lug – Asleep at the Wheel ft. Huey Lewis
Dang Me – Brad Paisley
Leavin’s Not the Only Way to Go – The Stellas ft. Lennon and Maisy
Kansas City Star – Kacey Musgraves
World So Full of Love – Rodney Crowell
Old Friends (Banter)
Old Friends – Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard
Lock Stock and Teardrops – Mandy Barnett
You Oughta Be Here With Me – Alison Krauss ft. The Cox Family
The Crossing – Ronnie Dunn, The Blind Boys of Alabama
In the Summertime – The Earls of Leicester ft. Shawn Camp
England Swings – Lyle Lovett
You Can’t Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd – Various Artists
Half a Mind – Loretta Lynn
Invitation to the Blues – Shooter Jennings, Jessi Colter
It Only Hurts Me When I Cry (Live) – Dwight Yoakam
Mouth Noises (Banter)
Oo De Lally – Eric Church
Engine, Engine #9 – Emerson Hart ft. Jon Randall
When Two Worlds Collide – Flatt Lonesome
Reincarnation – Cake
You Can’t Do Me This Way and Get By With It – Dean Miller ft. The McCrary Sisters
Chicken S#$! (Banter)
Nothing Can Stop Me – Toad the Wet Sprocket
Husbands and Wives – Jamey Johnson ft. Emmylou Harris
I’ll Pickup My Heart and Go Home – Lily Meola
I Believe in the Sunshine – Daphne and the Mystery Machines
Guv’ment – John Goodman
Old Songwriters Never Die (Banter)
Hey, Would You Hold It Down? – Ringo Starr
The Last Word in Lonesome Is Me – Dolly Parton ft. Alison Krauss
I’d Come Back to Me – Radney Foster ft. Tawnya Reynolds
One Dying and a Burying – The Dead South
Do Wacka Do – Robert Earl Keen, Jr.
King of the Road – Various Artists
BONUS: Video of Roger Miller singing “King of the Road”
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