Naomi Judd recently sat down and discussed the meaning and impact of The Judds hit song, “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days.) The song has resonated in a lot of music fans hearts. It has stood the test of time to become a classic song in the country music field. It became their sixth number one hit. Check out the exclusive look back on the song from Naomi Judd:
I can literally remember hearing ‘Grandpa’ for the first time. The minute I heard it, I thought this song just gets me. Gets me in the heart. Gets me in the gut. Gets me in the head. I thought it was so much my song because it says, ‘did families really bow their heads to pray, did daddies really never go away.” And I’m standing there singing the song with Wynonna and she never knew her dad. And my daddy was gone before we wrote this song, so the audience didn’t know that there’s this ghost, this third person standing there with us when we’re talking about our grandpas and all that. And the fact that they call it progress, but I really don’t know, it was sort of another topical song for me besides being so old fashion going back to and admiring family values. I’m not for progress. Our world is way too technological for me. I don’t do Facebook. I do face to face. I think people, I think this song reflecting people’s values are core memories. I knew it was going to be a monster hit. I just knew it. I felt it, every which way – the past, the present, and the future. And to this day, people come to us and say, “we just buried my grandpa and we played ‘Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Ole Days)’ at his funeral. And we played it at my husband’s dad’s funeral. He was a pastor. They lived in a small town in North Carolina, tobacco farmers. And that was a moment that I was completely drawn back into the past. That’s what happens with our songs. They’re so personal to us and low and behold other people get it too.
Jessica Bray is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.