“I Can’t Reach Her Anymore”
Written by Mark Petersen and Bruce Theien
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
April 15, 1994
Sammy Kershaw channels George Jones.
The Road to No. 1
After scoring his first No. 1 hit with the lead-off single from Haunted Heart, “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful,” Sammy Kershaw took the title track and “Queen of My Double-Wide Trailer” to the top ten. The fourth and final single from the platinum-selling album became his second No. 1 hit.
The No. 1
Kershaw always sounded like a Cajun-flavored George Jones, but on “I Can’t Reach Her Anymore,” he truly channeled the legendary singer.
Between his pure lonesome wail and the countrypolitan production, this record feels like a long lost hit from the Possum’s Musicor days. “I’ve still got her number, but I can’t reach her anymore” is one of those lyrics that could only work in country music, and it’s just sad enough to keep the lyrical wordplay from coming off as corny.
Kershaw’s rarely sounded better than he does on the chorus, as he tears into the line, “If she could only see me walk the floor.”
I’m not sure why this particular hit seems to have gone down the memory hole, but it’s a long lost classic.
The Road From No. 1
Kershaw has another No. 1 single on deck that we’ll get to later in 1994.
“I Can’t Reach Her Anymore” gets an A.
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