This song is a bonafide stride through the heart of the 70s, cowbell and all. Released in 1976, it hit #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. According to band member Derek Holt, the song is "about being on the road in America." It definitely is redolent of wind-in-the-hair, open road, and blasting the eight-track while cruising in a convertible.
It has a groovy blues, R&B undertone and soulful vocals. Similar to Ace's "How Long Has This Been Going On," it's a rock hit with a soul vibe. Like many U.K. bands, this Climax Blues Band's music captured the intricacies of America's varied musical sounds. This was the band's biggest hit and a rockin' solid one it was.
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About the Curator - Sonya Alexander
After graduating from UCLA, Sonya trained to be a talent agent. After realizing she belonged on the creative end, she started freelance writing, covering film festivals for Los Angeles local papers. She's written about film, video games, global affairs, wildlife conservation and, most recently, music. She specializes in classic rock, classic soul, blues, classic country, classical and world music and is tri-coastal, residing in Los Angeles, New York and New Orleans.