Monday, May 13, 2013

"Texas in My Rear View Mirror" by Mac Davis

Song#:  0369
Date:  10/18/1980
Debut:  87
Peak:  51
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Country Crossover

Pop Bits:  Davis followed up his novelty song "It's Hard to Be Humble" (#43 pop, #10 country) with a second album for Casablanca and this title track was the first single issued. Even though it was a middling song on the pop chart, it became his third consecutive country Top 10 reaching #9. His next single from the album, "Hooked on Music," became his biggest country hit going to #2, but unfortunately it would not reach the pop chart.

ReduxReview:  Even though he can get a bit hokey, Davis is a darn good songwriter. This is a pretty solid tune and I really like the feel of it. The song is relaxed in a folk-ish way and tells a nice story. Small parts of the production are a little dated and stuck in the 70s (and I could do without the pedal steel), but this is certainly a pleasant listen.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Davis also dabble in acting and after some appearances on TV, he made his film debut in the 1979 film "North Dallas Forty" with Nick Nolte. In 1991, he was cast as the lead in the Broadway production of "The Will Rogers Follies" where he took over the role originated by Keith Carradine.


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