It only makes sense for a sport that got its start in the south to be synonymous with country music. From Dale Earnhardt starring in Brooks & Dunn’s video for “Honky Tonk Truth” to Kyle Petty appearing on the Grand Ole Opry, and even legendary country singer Marty Robbins running some races in NASCAR, the sport has a long relationship with country music.
So it only makes sense that a lot of the drivers are country fans, including driver of the #7 Chevy for Spire Motorsports, Corey LaJoie.
Corey’s talked about his love for country music before, so when NASCAR rolled into Nashville last week for the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway, Whiskey Riff decided to catch up with Corey to talk about country music – and his favorite sad country song.
We already know that Corey listens to a wide variety of country music, everything from Jelly Roll and Morgan Wallen to Zach Bryan and Cody Jinks.
But when he needs a good sad country song? Well he doesn’t mess around and goes straight for one of the saddest: “Maggie’s Song” by Chris Stapleton.
“‘Maggie’s Song.’ That sumbitch is SAD. Man, that song.
I got a French bulldog and…we used to do everything together. Go to Lowe’s, he’d be walking next to me, the whole thing.
But ever since our first kid came, he went down the priority list. But I heard that “Maggie’s Song” and I was like, ‘I miss Leo. Dang.’
That’s a sad ass song.”
Now there are no shortage of songs about man’s best friend in country music, from Blake Shelton’s “Ole Red” to “Feed Jake” by Pirates of the Mississippi. But if you’re a dog lover, Chris Stapleton’s tribute to his dog of 14 years will absolutely wreck you:
“It was raining on a Monday The day that Maggie died She woke up and couldn’t use her legs So I laid down by her side She put her head on my hand Like she’d done so many times I told her she was a good dog Then I told her goodbye”