Besides being your favorite songwriters favorite songwriter, Roger Miller was a genuine drug-addicted no count, and though he helped forge the Nashville sound from the '60s through the '90s, his friendships with other rebels of the crowd like Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson (and Jim Henson) are testaments to his ways. Miller came into prominence by generally being a drunken smart-ass about town in Nashville, and penned songs for every asshole (Ernest Tubb, Rex Allen, Johnny Paycheck) who ever made a record there. The success of Roger Miller is one that is rarely celebrated, but should be more often—firstly because he wrote so many damn good songs, and secondly, because he's the class clown that actually graduated by making the class laugh.
"King Of The Road" a Roger Miller Tribute Nite [sic] at Columbia City Theater will highlight the works of the notable wisenheimer, who did his best writing high on amphetamines and off the cuff. I see Cahalen Morrison and his new band Country Hammer on the bill, and I do hope they play one of Roger Miller's works as Alan-A-Dale, the rooster in the Disney classic Robin Hood. If I had my way Pepper Proud might sing sing that cautionary tale about pride "Husbands And Wives," and Low Hums would stretch "Dang Me" into a sixteen minute self-deprocating surf/psych rock song, and wouldn't it be great to hear an Annie Ford version of "King Of The Road"?
You'll have to show up to find out, and that's the way Roger Miller would've like it.