Both Kinds of Music

Both Kinds of Music

Elwood: What kind of music do you usually have here?
Claire: Oh, we got both kinds. We got country *and* western.
- The Blues Brothers

This ain't your Dad's country music. It's your Granddad's! None of that new Nashville bullshit either.

Both Kinds of Music digs deep to find musical ephemera from Country Legends, Seasoned Pros and Fresh Upstarts.

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Everyone can use a little swampy, funky, dirty country music now and then. Thanks dawnritual!


Country Funk: Deep Cuts

Light In The Attic’s Country Funk Volume 1 cemented the place of this long overlooked musical cul-de-sac. Featuring cult favourites Jim Ford, Bobbie Gentry and Tony Joe White as well as unknowns such as Cherokee, Gritz and Dennis The Fox, it was a critical success and has been a permanent resident on my turntable for the past couple of years. Newly released Volume II has some choice selections too; Bob Darin’s Me and Mr Hohner and Thomas Jefferson’s Collection Box being especially revelatory. I can’t help feeling LITA played it safe of their latest collection though. This is no critique of quality (Saint Townes, Gene Clark, peace be upon him,) it’s just that anyone with a passing interest in this music would no doubt already be hip these (see also: JJ Cale, Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, not to mention Willie and Dolly…)

This collection is my attempt to dig a little deeper and look beyond the usual suspects. I cast my net wider, taking in everything from Claudia Lennear’s Planet Caravan-esque Sister Angela to Blac Dog’s Nobody Like You, a full tilt, southern boogie party starter, via Tobias Wood Henderson’s Colour Blind Man, which would slip seamlessly into either of the official Country Funk comps. Forgive the patchy audio quality; most tracks are scratchy vinyl rips and all are totally unlicensed. 


  1. Priscilla Coolidge - On The Road
  2. Eddie Mottau - Old New Hampshire
  3. Joey Gregorash - Down By The River
  4. Alan Gerber - Sigmund’s Blues
  5. Tobias Wood Henderson - Colour Blind Man
  6. Randy Holland - Song For A Rainy Tuesday
  7. Linda Perhacs - Paper Mountain Man
  8. Travis Wammack - Parchment Farm
  9. Ken Lauber - Undertow
  10. Hoyt Axton - The Pusher
  11. Claudia Lennear - Sister Angela
  12. Boz Scaggs - I’m Easy
  13. Eric Quincy Tate - The Bream Are Still Biting In Ferriday
  14. Jeannie C Riley - The Cotton Patch
  15. Tim Rose - Roanoke
  16. Alexander Harvey - Tulsa Turnaround
  17. Blac Dog - Nobody Like You
  18. Lee Hazlewood & Ann Margaret - Sweet Thing
  19. Chris Darrow - Wherever You Are


(Zip File Contains individual audio files, artwork + insert.)


Marty Stuart was just described in  Rolling Stone as “one of the last remaining links to traditional country, roots music and the generation of greats like George Jones and Hank Williams.”  Stuart is a songwriter, singer, guitarist and mandolin player who has had gold and platinum records and won five Grammys, but then moved away from commercial country to get back to his and the music’s roots.

He first went on the road when he was 13, as a member of Lester Flatt’s band, then became a member of Johnny Cash’s back up band.  He went solo in the late 80s.   Stuart has a huge collection of country music artifacts and memorabilia.  Through his own photography, he’s documented country performers and their fans.  He currently has an exhibit of his photos at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville.

In today’s interview he talks about the last photo he ever took of his neighbor, Johnny Cash

"I was over at his house and I … had just been to Folsom, California.  I had been given a gate pass to go to the prison to see where he made his Folsom Prison album, and at that point I was just looking for anything to talk to him about—we recorded, we talked, just anything to keep him entertained because June had recently passed away. So I went next door to have a cup of coffee and just share with him my impressions of Folsom Prison. …

I started a song and I took it next door to John, and we actually wrote this song called Hangman that we did on a record called Ghost Train, and it was the last song that he ever wrote. We just finished this song together. And he was sitting there in his chair looking so pretty in the light, the late afternoon light was coming in from behind and I said, “JR, let me take your picture.” I knew he didn’t want to, but he let me. There were three frames. In the first two he just kinda looked tired and weary, but on the third frame I said, “JR!” and he sat up straight and pulled on that black collar and he became Johnny Cash. … Four days later he was gone.

Marty Stuart: Perserving The Artifacts Of Country Music

Photo: Courtesy of Marty Stuart, from his photography book, American Ballads. 

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The Sadies with Kelly Hogan,
Pure Diamond Gold

The Sadies - Eastern Winds

That’s not hoganhere on vocals. Sounds like catherineirwin, but I don’t think it’s her either. Anyone?

Edit: It’s Catherine Irwin

(via thecountryfucker)

Mel Tillis - Ruby (Don’t Take Your Love To Town)

Before Kenny Rogers went and fucked it up.

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Down on the Bikini Line

Jonny “Corndawg” Fritz - Chevy Beretta


Danny reed tattoos Asheville, NC

Starring George Jones as the Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon


Can’t wait for the weekend! Poster by Neal Williams

The best thing about HSB is that it’s free. The worst thing about HSB is that…it’s free, if you know what I mean.


Todd Snider playing Mr. Bojangles + the story of him and Jerry Jeff seeing a guy playing it on an empty street in New Orleans.

With Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires and…

Shucks, this beats everything I’ve posted so far today. Just about the best thing I’ll see all week.

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Barbi Benton - Brass Buckles

While I knew the former Playboy model was a regular on Hee Haw, I didn’t know she also sang/recorded country music.

This gem reached the top 5 in 1975.

"She outgrew brass buckles on her shoes. By 12 she was fillin’ out her jeans."

Different times.

Dave “Stringbean” Akeman: wore his pants like that before it was even a thing. Notice though, his pants are tailored to be down that low. 

Merle Haggard - Misery and Gin

The return of Mondatory Merle might be the first “music video” I’ve ever seen of his. And man, that’s a bad mustache.

Oooh, I bet this had ol’ Jean Shepard in a tizzy.

Personally, the Opry needs a swift kick in the ass like this every now and then. I didn’t know what to think of Lorde at first, but when Nirvana had her sing All Apologies at their Hall of Fame induction, I said good enough for them, good enough for me.



There’s a laundry list of stars who have played the Grand Ole Opry House: Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and, now, Lorde. The 17-year-old Kiwi made her Nashville debut last night in what was likely one of the venue’s more unorthodox billings, though you wouldn’t know it from the sold out, surprisingly diverse crowd (teenage girls, as it turns out, were not the majority).

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Loretta Lynn “Bargain Basement Dress”

Now an AMA Lifetime Achievement for Songwriting award winner, Loretta continues to prove how deserving she is, with this self-penned song.

I wouldn’t wear that dress to a dogfight, if the fight was free.


Hurray for the Riff Raff on Mountain Stage. On your radio in just a few more days.