This song was originally written by Carl Montgomery and Earl Green, and originally performed by Dave Dudley, becoming Dudley's first hit at #2 on the Country chart. It is often referenced as one of the first trucker songs.
Taj Mahal is the stage name of Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, one of the more prominent blues musicians of the late 20th century who is noted for blending various genres from zydeko, reggae, jazz, and world beat together with the blues for a unique sound. Fredericks is a prolific singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, playing the guitar, banjo and harmonica, amongst others. He's won two Grammy Awards in his 40+ year career.
"Six Days On The Road" may just be one of the most-covered songs in country music. Johnny Rivers' cover in 1974 hit #58 on the Country charts and #105 on the Billboard Hot 100. Steve Earle's cover in 1988 hit #29 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, and was used in the film Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Sawyer Brown's cover in 1997 hit #13 on the Country chart, and they titled their album after it. Dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of other covers exist.