'County Plow Guy' Song: The Singing Snow Plow Driver Of Bozeman, MontanaSnow plow drivers spend long, dangerous hours behind the wheel. Justin Horak recently sang about his travails on YouTube, and the video has gone viral.
"I just have been so amazed with the response. I made it as a joke just for myself and maybe a few of my coworkers, and it's just exploded," Horak said.
"I think people like to just see a normal guy go out there and do something different."
Now, radio stations around the state are airing his tune. A country station in Bozeman even wants him to re-record it in a studio with instrumentals.
His lyrics, set to the tune of Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman," a song that was made famous by Glen Campbell, are an ode to the travails of plow drivers, and a friendly reminder to fellow drivers to be courteous and slow down. The song also warns against tailgating and trying to pass snow plows.
In place of a "lineman for the county," of course, Horak designates himself a "plow man for the county."
"I see you giving me the finger. I see you texting and driving. And when they slide off the corners, they break all the signs."
"County Plow Guy" may be a parody, but Horak takes music seriously. He studied music at Montana State University and the University of Montana, and wrote the piano music for his own wedding. Right now, he sings in Bozeman's symphonic and chamber choirs. He's had several parts in Bozeman's Intermountain Opera, for which he devotes about six months of preparation.
"Music has always been a huge, huge part of my life," he said. "People have different ways that they use it, but everybody uses it in some sort of personal way to them."
Horak says he probably won't release another song for a while. Right now, he's busy preparing to audition for another opera, "The Marriage Of Figaro."
Correction Jan. 29, 2020
In the audio of this story, as in a previous Web version, we incorrectly imply that "Wichita Lineman" was written by Glen Campbell. It was written by Jimmy Webb, while Campbell was the first to record the song and make it famous.