- Where do I start with country music?
Johnny Cash would be a good start – he’s sort of the link to it all. He’s Country royalty via June Carter and hence the classic Nashville Grand Ol Opry sound. He painted himself as an outsider to this when he was younger but really it’s two sides of the same coin.
Later in his career he branched out massively and worked with people who would be at the lo-fi, indie-sort of country sound like Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy). This is then a gateway to a lot of similar artists like Bon Iver, Son Volt, Wilco etc.
It’s a broad church – I think to get to grips with it you have to get involved with the trad Nashville sound as well as the more contemporary stuff.Posted 4 years ago
1 – Drop Kick Me, Jesus, Through The Goalposts Of Life
2 – Get Your Biscuits In The Oven And Your Buns In The Bed
3 – Get Your Tongue Outta My Mouth ‘Cause I’m Kissing You Goodbye
4 – Her Teeth Were Stained, But Her Heart Was Pure
5 – How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away?
6 – How Can You Believe Me When I Say I Love You When You Know I’ve Been A Liar All My Life?
7 – I Been Roped And Thrown By Jesus In The Holy Ghost Corral
8 – I Changed Her Oil, She Changed My Life
9 – I Don’t Know Whether To Kill Myself Or Go Bowling
10 – I Fell In A Pile Of You And Got Love All Over Me
11 – I Flushed You From The Toilets Of My Heart.
12 – I Keep Forgettin’ I Forgot About You
13 – I Wanna Whip Your Cow
14 – I Would Have Writ You A Letter, But I Couldn’t Spell Yuck!
15 – I Wouldn’t Take Her To A Dawg Fight, Cause I’m Afraid She’d Win
16 – I’d Rather Have A Bottle In Front Of Me Than A Frontal Lobotomy
17 – I’m Just A Bug On The Windshield Of Life
18 – I’m The Only Hell Mama Ever Raised
19 – I’ve Been Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart
20 – I’ve Got The Hungries For Your Love And I’m Waiting In Your Welfare Line
21 – If I Can’t Be Number One In Your Life, Then Number Two On You
22 – If Love Were Oil, I’d Be A Quart Low
23 – If My Nose Were Full Of Nickels, I’d Blow It All On You
24 – If You Don’t Leave Me Alone, I’ll Go And Find Someone Else Who Will
25 – If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too?
26 – Mama Get The Hammer (There’s A Fly On Papa’s Head)
27 – My Every Day Silver Is Plastic
28 – My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink, And I Don’t Love Jesus
29 – My John Deere Was Breaking Your Field, While Your Dear John Was Breaking My Heart
30 – My Wife Ran Off With My Best Friend, And I Sure Do Miss HimPosted 4 years ago
There were 103 of them, but I thought you’d want to get into the shallow end and splash about…
Less obviously shite would be Nanci Griffith greatest hits, Steve Earle, and Half Man Half Biscuit for UK based Country Folk parody stuff.
[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlRrdbkyV8w[/video]Posted 4 years ago
Well, if you liked the Guy Clark, try these:
[video]http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CC4QtwIwAg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fm.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D55Z2UQTdRfA%26desktop_uri%3D%252Fwatch%253Fv%253D55Z2UQTdRfA&ei=9aonUthKp_zRBf6XgaAF&usg=AFQjCNHBeLBWLZN8hue47A0UeO6vKYFHqQ[/video]Posted 4 years agoMarkieMember
Edit: of all the below songs, Black Tin Rocket is my current fave…
For modern country, perhaps try Lucinda Williams’ album ‘Car Wheels on a Gravel Road’, Emmylou Harris’ ‘Red Dirt Girl’ or Lyle Lovett’s ‘Pontiac’.
There’s also ‘Americana’ to consider, slightly edgier, perhaps. I like teh Transmissionary Six and Uncle Tupelo, amongst others.
If you want to begin at the beginning, at least the recorded beginning, then Harry Smith’s Anthology is the place to start IMO:Posted 4 years agomurfMember
Seriously, I think he’s great and I’m a metal head through and through. Don’t know much other country stuff but I stumbled on Boxcar through my Dad’s country collection.
Try also the Nitty gritty dirt band for some more upbeat and catchy songs. Not proper country though, really.Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
Country and Western is all rhinestones and fringed jackets with Stetsons, country, on the other hand, is basically American folk music, and an awful lot of it can clearly track it’s roots back to the English, Scottish and Irish folk music that settlers took with them, especially in the Appalachians and Blue Ridge Mountains.Posted 4 years ago
I would suggest Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Gram Parsons, Patsy Cline, Alison Krauss, Gretchen Wilson, Gillian Welch, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Glen Campbell…
You can include The Band, who’re very country influenced, Little Feat, even The Grateful Dead have strong country influences in much of their stuff.
Start looking into Alt.Country, and Americana, and you get into more bluegrass and folk/roots stuff, but still recognisably ‘country’.
I like country music, but absolutely draw the line at the big name Nashville ‘Hat-acts’!
[Edit] Damn, forgot Iris Dement! And of course, Steve Earle is very country, and his sister, Stacey Earle, has strong country influences in her work, but is more folky story-telling.
There’s loads out there, without getting Nashville showbiz.
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