What's Wrong With "On the Road Again?"

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  1. Leon Grizzard

    Leon Grizzard Friend of Leo's

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    Our bass player wanted to sing St. Willie of Austin's On the Road Again as one his songs for the band. I thought "meh" and the band leader nixed it. I'm having trouble articulating to myself why this, and some other Willie tunes, make me feel like that. I like it okay when I hear Willie doing it on the radio. it's reasonably snappy.

    Anyone do this tune? Why? Or why not?
     
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    For a long time I was learning and performing his songs as fast as he put them out..Knew them all..But that's one I really didn't care for..I did it but only because I got request for it..
    There were some others I didn't much care for also..
     
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    sure why not?..it's a long night
     
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    We used to do it, but it didn't seem to stay in the rotation long. A bit repetitious in the melody line.
     
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    I prefer “Bloody Mary Morning”

    I sing it at work all the time... unrequested...
     
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    Maybe because he has about 200 better songs to choose from? I dunno, it's just played out in all our minds maybe.
     
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    Nope-we did mostly classic rock. I think anything by Willie would've been better than Sweet Home Alabama three times a week. :mad:
     
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    My band did it for a while. It was cool for me because our drummer sang it and all I had to do was play. Took a double solo. :) We're a rock band that likes to play different stuff, so there was more of an edge the way we did it.

    - D
     
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    Interesting! I feel the same. I don't want to play it but I think it's OK on the radio.

    Maybe Willie's delivery make them OK? Without him there's not much left?
     
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    We’ve done it for 8 years in my country band, often as the opening number. We do kind of a call and response thing for the solo, Tele and pedal steel. I like the tag lick. The audience usually likes the song. I like it OK.
     
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    Has potential for 2 or 3 part harmony lines, call and responses, all sorts of things...and if audiences like what you’re doing, then it’s just right. Not my favorite either, but hey, comes with the job.
     
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    Used to be a DJ at a small radio station in Eastern Oregon, and when that song came out, it got played to death and I got really sick of it really fast. As was said earlier, he has a boatload of better songs.
     
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    Hi Leon.
    My regular Tuesday and Friday bandleader does it.
    He turns it into a warp speed polka.
    It doesn't work like that, either.
    Not much help, I suppose.
    ;):)
     
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    ...yeah, not my favorite either, but I've used this approach and it usually works (at least for me) - when someone suggests On the Road Again, (again and again and again...) I'll say how about we do Willie's version of "All of Me" - it's got the same I to III lift right at the start, but way more interesting (IMO) and you can tell the vocalist to get all Willie up in it. Even made our grumpy old fiddle player happy with that, and crackin' that face with a smile ain't easy...

    thinking about that, Willie's version is slightly pokey to my taste, so we usually do it a little up tempo...
     
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  15. Leon Grizzard

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    Part of my deal is that generally I don't like tunes about being a musician. For Willie, its genuinely autobiographical. George Strait's Troubadour; same thing.
     
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    I thought you were talking about the Canned Heat song. Nevermind...
     
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    I used to do it in a band I was a side man in. I have no problem with it, but there is something a bit strange about it. Maybe it's the chord progression... the progression has a "happy" feel to it, like a kids song or something, but my soul is "blue"... However, I enjoy playing anything with a different progression of chords in it from the norm...
     
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    It's Willie's story and it seems a bit lame to appropriate it if you aren't a musician who has been "on the road".
     
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    Q: What's Wrong With "On the Road Again?"

    A: It isn't "Seven Spanish Angels"
     
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