Country Bumpkin

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"Country Bumpkin"
Single by Cal Smith
from the album Country Bumpkin
B-side It's Not the Miles You've Traveled
Released February 1974
Format 7"
Recorded December 21, 1973
Bradley's Barn,
Mount Juliet, Tennessee
Genre Country
Length 3:39
Label MCA Records 40191
Writer(s) Don Wayne
Producer(s) Walter Haynes
Cal Smith singles chronology
"Bleep You"/"An Hour and a Six Pack"
(1973)
"Country Bumpkin"
(1974)
"Between Lust and Watching TV"
(1974)

"Country Bumpkin" is a 1974 single by Cal Smith. "Country Bumpkin" was Cal Smith's second number one on the country chart. The single stayed at number one for a single week and spent a total of ten weeks on the country chart.[1]

In 1974, "Country Bumpkin" received Song of the Year Awards from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.

The song has three verses:

  • In the first a rural gentleman walks into a bar, where one of the barroom girls refers to him as a "country bumpkin" (a common nickname for a person from a rural area) as she talks to him.
  • The second verse discusses the woman (now married to the man) giving birth to her (only) son a year later.
  • The third verse discusses her impending death 40 years later, with her husband and son present at her bedside.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 317. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Is It Wrong (For Loving You)"
by Sonny James
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

May 18, 1974
Succeeded by
"No Charge"
by Melba Montgomery