The Dirt Road (song)

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"The Dirt Road"
Single by Sawyer Brown
from the album The Dirt Road
Released November 18, 1991
Recorded 1991
Genre Country
Length 2:53
Label Curb
Songwriter(s) Mark Miller, Gregg Hubbard
Producer(s) Mac McAnally
Sawyer Brown singles chronology
"The Walk"
"The Dirt Road"
"Some Girls Do"
"The Walk"
"The Dirt Road"
"Some Girls Do"

"The Dirt Road" is a song written by Mark Miller and Gregg Hubbard, and recorded by American country music band Sawyer Brown. It was released in November 1991 as the lead-off (or the second if "The Walk" is counted) single from their 1992 album The Dirt Road. It peaked at number 3 in the United States, while it was a number-one hit in Canada.[1]


The song's narrator is wanting to take the dirt road in his life, as he's been walking on it for years, and it has taken him where he needs to go. The dirt road represents working hard in life in contrast to walking on the a paved road which is considered "easy street."

Music video[edit]

The song's music video was directed by Michael Salomon, and features a man walking on a road, and the band performing the song in a barn. The band's guest star is banjo legend Earl Scruggs.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1991-1992) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 11
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 51


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2052." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. February 15, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  3. ^ "Sawyer Brown – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Sawyer Brown.
  4. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1992". RPM. December 19, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Best of 1992: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
Preceded by
"A Jukebox with a Country Song"
by Doug Stone
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

February 15–22, 1992
Succeeded by
"What She's Doing Now"
by Garth Brooks