COUNTRY JOHNNY MATHIS
“Left My Gal in the Mountains”
Country; Avid – STREAM / BUY single
As a songwriter, “Country” Johnny Mathis has had songs recorded by George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Paycheck, Charley Pride, Johnny Horton, Jimmy Dean, George Hamilton IV, Freddy Fender, Webb Pierce, The Whites, Elvis Costello among many others. Seven Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees and two (2) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees have recorded his music. His song accolades further include gold records, country radio hits and BMI airplay performance awards. There has been a revival of Mathis’ songs in recent years with cuts by Jim Lauderdale, the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band and GRAMMY Award-winner Brad Davis.
About | Originally released in 1965, “Left My Gal in the Mountains” is a tale of a sorrowful man who went out on a late-night escapade alone, shot the sheriff, & landed himself in the “penitentiary.” Making matters worse, the 2nd verse drones onward with the subject dreaming he received a letter from his “Gal” expressing lament, only to awake in his “sad & lonely” reality. Mathis’ vocal performance is classic & flawless on this mid-tempo swing.