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Friday, January 7, 2011

Gear Bustin' Sort Of A Feller (MP3)

Bobby Braddock - Gear Bustin' Sort Of A Feller (1:58)

It's probably fair to say that Bobby Braddock experienced a great deal more success as a songwriter than as a singer. His songs have been recorded by a wide array of Nashville talents, including Marty Robbins, Tammy Wynette, George Jones (separately and together), Little Jimmy Dickens, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Paycheck, and Bill Anderson among many others.

His two best known songs were both co-written with Curly Putman: He Stopped Loving Her Today, which features one of George Jones' most powerful vocal performances, which is really saying something, and D-I-V-O-R-C-E, one of Tammy Wynette's signature songs.

When he came through Atlanta a few years back to promote his memoir about growing up in a sparsely populated central Florida in the years before Disney World came along (Down In Orbundale: A Songwriters Youth In Old Florida), I made sure to let him know his mostly forgotten trucking record was held in very high esteem in my house. Somehow, criminally, it never managed to hit the charts but give it a listen and see if you don't think Bobby was robbed. He was kind enough to sign my book "To Greg, A Gear Bustin' Sort Of A Feller."


Bruce said...

Think I watched to much World Cup soccer this year the horn reminds me of a Vuvuzela. Wonderful song nonetheless with some interesting production.

Gyro1966 said...

Thanks for this, I love The Hi-Risers version of this, always a highlight of their terrific live show!