Lonesome Onry and Mean

Lonesome Onry and Mean: Bob "Crazy Heart" Woodruff Reflects on "King of the Road"

For a country singer who vanished from sight for ten years, Los Angeles songwriter Bob Woodruff has been in the press quite a bit lately. Two weeks ago, the Huffington Post (ahem) compared him to Bad Blake in the Oscar-nominated movie Crazy Heart, and Andrew Dansby of the Houston Chronicle devoted an entire page of this week's entertainment insert to Woodruff. And LOM of course had our own interesting entanglements with Woodruff and our previous story on him.

Woodruff's earliest song memories?

"I remember jumping up and down on the bed with my older sister when Roger Miller's 'King of The Road' came on the radio, and singing the line 'I ain't got no cigarettes' with her and Rog," he says. "God knows why. I must have been three or four years old. It's funny, but I never realized until this moment that my first song memory is of a country song. May not seem strange for those who grew up south of the Mason/Dixon, but for a kid from NYC?"

"The first record I recall playing by myself (again and again and again) was my brother's 78 rpm of the Everlys' "Wake Up Little Suzie" (another country song, sort of)," Woodruff adds. "The first record I owned? Meet The Beatles. Wore it out."

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