I’m not a country music kind of guy. I grew up on country music but quickly turned into a rock’n’roll fan once the 80’s arrived. As I DJ’d through the 90’s, I experienced an appreciation for pop and dance music…so I guess I’m a fan of all of those genres still. But country? Not so much.
Having said that, there was a brief time in 1989 when a band called the Kentucky Headhunters burst onto the scene. Nobody had heard of them before and nobody had heard anything like them before.
Country with a rock edge? No…that’s not possible, is it?
“Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine” was a remake of the classic Bill Monroe song. When I heard it for the first time, I didn’t know what the band looked like. All I knew was that this was a country song that had rock’n’roll guitars playing. I was immediately intrigued.
For whatever reason, this song took off. Maybe it was the right song at the right time for the genre, I don’t know…but the Kentucky Headhunters were briefly the hottest act in country music. Their follow-up song, “Dumas Walker”, was a huge hit and I remember our high school dances filled with Technotronic, Young MC, Jive Bunny & the MasterMixers (ugh), and then all of a sudden the Kentucky Headhunters. The school would go crazy for that song.
But the one that still resonates with me is “Walk Softly…”. To me, it’ll always be a “rock” song and one that I still crank up in the car from time to time.