You know, Country & Western!
This ain't your Dad's country music. It's your Granddad's! None of that new Nashville bullshit either. This is where you'll find what I consider the best in Country (Classic and Alt), Folk, and Americana.
Bob Dylan - I Want You
You ever listen to a song? I mean really get deep into it and become aware of how all the instruments fit together to create the song? I’ll confess, I don’t do it much. I mean there’s Clapton’s guitar on While My Guitar Gently Weeps, which you normally don’t hear until he solos, but it’s there the entire time.
Then there’s your Nashville session musician, like Hargus “Pig” Robbins, who did a ton of work on well known songs. He’s really apparent in say, White Lightning or the signature sound of Behind Closed Doors, but Dylan keeps his bouncy tone as part of the whole ensemble so you don’t really hear it unless you listen for it. But it’s this essential professionalism that got him inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame last year.
All of this just to say Happy 75th Birthday to ol’ Pig.
Not Country of the Day I Can’t Get Out Of My Head:
Bob Dylan - The Man In Me
Bob Dylan - Country Pie
Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline Rag
Bob Dylan - Maggie’s Farm
Who ain’t you gonna work for today?
Bob Dylan - Buckets of Rain