Where do I start with country music?
Gram Parsons – start with the Gram era Byrds, then go to the Flying Burrito Brothers, then move on to luxuriate in his solo albums (where you will also hear the young Emmylou).
For laughs, try Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen – then move back to the source: Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.
For more laughs plus some truly rousing live music, catch a Hank Wangford gig.Posted 4 years ago
This has been a big Wednesday.
edit: huws been there for years. Precisely why I want to find the history of country, thanks to Gil Sacot Heron and James Taylor and Emmylou Harris.
Kind of like when you watch the Rolling Stones in ’67.
Where did that come from?Posted 4 years agoanagallis_arvensisMember
Start with two albums
Cash Live at Folsom Prison
Townes Van Zandt Live at the Old Quarter ( careful with Townes some of the stdio albums are shit)
Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the world and I’ll stand on Bob Dylans coffee table in my cowboy boots and say so. Steve Earle
I’ve met Bob Dylan and his body guards and I dont think Steve Earle would get anywhere near his coffee table[video]http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zaP8NGML_QE[/video].After those two try Guy Clark, Blaze Foley, Kris Kristofferson all wrote amazing tunes.Posted 4 years agorogerthecatMember
If you want the Western bit of C&W then listen to Frankie Laine all entertaining ‘cowboy’ stuff.Posted 4 years ago
Saw a lot of Cajun bands a few years ago, that’s quite entertaining but forget trying to understand any of the lyrics. If you want to sing along just slam your testicles in the cutlery drawer and you’ll be fine.trail_ratMember
To make country sound good try “oil field country” almost anything sounds good after that.
Been living with a crazy canuck that loves that shit.
Felt like sticking his head in the fridge door and slaming it repeatedly for subjecting me to it.
He didnt much like the hospital podcast neither thoughPosted 4 years agomtMember
Tyger is right on Alison Krauss and Union Station. I’m a bit of a fan of the Be Good Tanya’s so laid back their almost horizontal.
I know that this a bit of a confession that will destroyer the on atom of credibility I aspire to but here goes……..I think Dolly Parton is pretty good to. Ah that’s better.Posted 4 years agoBlackhoundSubscriber
Elvis Costello album was ‘A Good Year For The Roses’, good stuff.
Lucinda WIlliams as mentioned earlier is excellent. Car Wheels on A Gravel Road and World WIthout Tears. ‘West’ has some excellent stuff as well. Listen to songs such as ‘Jackson’ or Lake Charles.
I also like Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams, Scud Mountain Boys, Pernice Brothers.Posted 4 years agobinnersSubscriber
Mrs Binners, much as I love her, has some very dubious musical tastes. Country being one if them. Its absolutely bloody awful!!
I passed a benchmark in my life when, filled with self-loathing, I skulked into HMV (in disguise, obviously) and asked where the country section was, for this album….
…which is actually really goodPosted 4 years agobajsyckelMember
+1 for loads of the good (and funny) suggestions already posted. Whispering Bob Harris’ shows are worth a listen for country / americana/ Austin/ Nashville sounds. A few years old, Rough Trade’s country compilation might ease you into the less trad side of things if you find that side of things appealing. Some more “non-american-country” in the following…
First Aid Kit (simple arrangements, pop production, nashville sound, from Stockholm).
[video] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC57z-oDPLs&list=PLA13352F130DF5F03 [/video]
the Gourds (Austin meets Compton, some good playing, worth checking their other covers).
Thomas Fraser (pretty interesting guy. A fisherman from the northern isles, listened to old 78s brought to Shetland in the 30s, recorded himself on a reel to reel, “discovered” and released 20 odd years after his death).Posted 4 years ago
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