Rocky Mountain Way (song)

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"Rocky Mountain Way"
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Song by Joe Walsh from the album The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get
Released 1973
Recorded 1973
Genre Rock, blues rock[1]
Language English
Length 5:17
Label ABC-Dunhill
Writer Joe Walsh
Joe Vitale
Rocke Grace
Kenny Passarelli
Producer Joe Walsh
Bill Szymczyk

"Rocky Mountain Way" is a 1973 song by rock guitarist Joe Walsh and his band Barnstorm, with writing credits given to Walsh, Rocke Grace, Kenny Passarelli, and Joe Vitale. The song was originally released on the album The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get.

Walsh appeared in studio on The Howard Stern Show on June 12, 2012 and talked about how the lyrics to the song came to him in 1972 shortly after releasing his first solo effort, Barnstorm.

"I'm living in Colorado and I'm mowing the lawn. I look up and there's the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and there's snow on them in the summer. And it knocked me back because it was just beautiful. And I thought, well I have committed. I'm already in Colorado and it's too late to regret the James Gang. The Rocky Mountain Way is better than the way I had. Because the music was better. I got the words, bam! I got all of the words all at once and ran into the house to write the words down. The lawn mower kept going over into the neighbor's yard and ate the garden. It was an expensive song to write!"

The song was used as the title to Walsh's 1985 compilation album, which featured singles and album tracks from Barnstorm, The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get and So What.

Live versions[edit]

In 1976, Walsh recorded the song on his You Can't Argue with a Sick Mind album.

Walsh played the song frequently while on tour with the Eagles, including the 1977 Hotel California tour, again in 1979 and later into the first half of 1980's Long Run tour, also being added yet again to the set in the 1994 reunion tour with Eagles.

In 1985, Walsh joined Australian rock band, The Party Boys, and while touring they recorded a live album, You Need Professional Help, which featured an extended guitar duel between Walsh and Kevin Borich on "Rocky Mountain Way".[2]

In 1990, Walsh played an eight-minute version in the Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, starting with a slide arrangement of "Amazing Grace."

In October 19, 1991 Joe Walsh performed this song with Brian May, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Nuno Bettencourt at the Guitar Legends festival in Seville.

In 2004 it was sung by Walsh at Crossroads Guitar Festival and along with Eagles on their Farewell I Tour.

In 2010, "Rocky Mountain Way" was one of three songs played during the encore each night during the Eagles "Long Road Out of Eden" World Tour. The other two songs performed in the encore were "Desperado" and "Take it Easy".

In 2012, "Rocky Mountain Way" was the first of six songs performed live by Walsh in the Joe Walsh episode (episode 60) of Live from Daryl's House, which also includes discussion of the song.

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Owsinski, Bobby (2013). Bobby Owsinski's Deconstructed Hits: Classic Rock 1. Alfred Music. p. 51. ISBN 9781470614201. "...one of those quintessential rock songs... really just a blues shuffle..." 
  2. ^ McFarlane, Ian (1999). "'The Party Boys' Entry". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1865080721. Archived from the original on 19 April 2004. Retrieved 31 March 2012.  Note: Archived [on-line] copy has limited functionality.