The lyrics and style of “Shotgun Rider” are very much “wild West”. However, Bachman-Turner Overdrive are Canadian. Not that it matters much; it’s a great song.
The verses of the song are my favourite part, with their galloping bass, and singing that is very much in line with the outlaw fighting theme of the song, calling out confidently into darkness.
The choruses are much more colourful and triumphant, with the guitar licks really coming into play.
It tells a nice little story, and you can’t help but root for the guy in the song!
The song was released on the 1977 album Freeways, and although Randy Bachman said the album was rushed, he mentioned “Shotgun Rider” as one of the songs that he’d consider good enough for any BTO album.
Makes me want to buy a horse and some cowboy boots!