Six More Miles (To The Graveyard)

I grew up on classic rock, but have learned to appreciate some country music along the way. I arrived at the song “Six More Miles” via Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness — NOT to be confused with Mike Nesmith of The Monkees. Ness released a couple of solo albums in 1999 with some fantastic country covers on them. This one was on the appropriately titled “Under The Influences” album.

The Ness version rocks in a twangy, cowpunk sort of way. Some people don’t go for his gravelly-sounding voice, but I do. I can hear and feel the emotion in his voice. That’s my take on it. Die-hard country fans might have a different opinion.

The song was originally written and recorded in the late 1940s by one of America’s greatest songwriters — Hank Williams –– not to be confused with Hank Williams, Jr. or Hank III.

It’s obviously a sad song — simple lyrics and understated in a lot of ways, but very dark. It’s about going to the graveyard to bury your best friend.

If your taste leans towards banjos and mandolins (AKA bluegrass), then there’s always Ralph Stanley’s take on it.

That guy had one unique voice. While researching this blog entry, I found out I could keep going on different versions: The The, Molly O’Day, and even Camper Van Beethoven! Hopefully there’s a version that suits your palette.

Till next time, keep your Mojo on the Horizon!

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