As a fan of the musicians who spent their lives away on the road and going on crazy adventures too insane to speak of back at home, White was reminded of the people he grew up around and how the small town lifestyle somewhat mirrored what “Good Hearted Woman” is all about.
“The reason I chose to cover ‘Good Hearted Woman’ is I grew up around a lot of women who had ramble-rousing husbands,” White explained exclusively to Sounds Like Nashville. “You know we grew up in the South, rural communities, small towns where everybody knew everybody’s problems and I remember ridin’ in an old CJ7 Jeep. You know many, many sunsets with my buddy’s dad and listenin’ to Willie and Waylon. I’ve always wanted to be a part of that ‘Road Warrior Class’ that Willie and Waylon and the Highway Men were. So I chose it to honor the women who put up with guys on the road and put up with just a tough, rough-around-the-edges man.”
While White himself notes that he doesn’t find himself within that particular situation, he still believes the song is representative of his background and that’s what draws the deep emotional connection to the track.
“Good Hearted Woman” by Jennings won Single of the Year back in 1976 and has remained a staple in country music ever since.
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