Originally an acoustic number, "Key To The Highway" is blues at its rawest with a woman driving a man out of his home, out of the state, and quite likely out of his mind. It was first recorded in 1940 by the pianist Charlie Segar backed by "Stop and Fix It Mama." Originally credited to Segar alone, it was co-written with Big Bill Broonzy, and is arguably Broonzy's best known composition; it is certainly the most widely recorded. Like many early blues numbers, it appears to have been built on other songs.
Big Bill Broonzy died in 1958, but he would certainly have appreciated what is surely the definitive recording, the 9 minute plus version from the Layla...
album which features both Eric Clapton and Duane Allman on guitar.
Alexander Baron - London, England