Written by John Anderson
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
October 23, 1992
An environmentalist’s plea becomes John Anderson’s most acclaimed hit single.
The Road to No. 1
Following his comeback No. 1, “Straight Tequila Night,” Anderson returned to the top five with “When it Comes to You,” a Mark Knopfler cover. BNA then sent the title track of Seminole Wind to radio, and it returned him to the top.
The No. 1
Environmentalist numbers aren’t usually associated with country music, and that’s a bit surprising, given how the genre celebrates rural life and the great outdoors. When encroachments on either are mourned, the target of ire is usually urbanization and those dastardly city folk.
But maybe country singers are reluctant to go down this road because they’d have a hell of a time topping John Anderson’s “Seminole Wind,” which effortlessly weaves together a narrative of Native American history and his personal ties to their ancestral land with a harrowing look at the tensions between the natural and artificial elements of Florida Everglades topography.
It sounds like a tiresome political science lecture described like that, but it’s anything but that as a record. It’s a soaring, gorgeously melodic song that fully capitalizes on the idiosyncratic features of Anderson’s unique vocal style. Effective use of piano and fiddle heighten the emotional impact, but it’s Anderson’s performance that shines the brightest.
The Road From No. 1
“Seminole Wind” earned CMA nominations for Song and Music Video of the Year in 1993, along with a nod for Anderson in the Male Vocalist race. These were his first CMA nominations in nine years. Seminole Wind went on to sell over two million copies, producing another top ten hit – “Let Go of the Stone” – before Anderson moved on to his next album, Solid Ground. The lead single would be his final No. 1 single. We’ll cover it when we get to 1993.
“Seminole Wind” gets an A.
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