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.
Inspired by You Look Nice Today’s “The Good Part”, I’m gonna start posting the best parts of country songs.
Listen to Charley hold that note and squeal. The steel answers back. He squawks at the ends of “show” then the steel starts this amazing native war call beneath the vocals all while the guitar and drums chant. It’s freaking brilliant.
Dock Boggs - My Old Horse Died
Wish I could remember what cartoon uses the song Dock’s plucking as it’s theme. Maybe it’s just general cartoon farm music.
Cal Smith - Bleep You
Maybe a response to Your Goddamn Mouth?
Freakwater - Your Goddamn Mouth
It’s a love story. Sorta. Not really.
Johnny Paycheck - I’m The Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)
All you toughies out there who’ve co-opted the title of this song as a way of life because you think you’re an outlaw for, I dunno, drinking whiskey and having a really long beard or other things that are straight up legal, take a listen to this near-disco anthem and tell me how much of a bad ass you feel like after it puts a little wiggle in your walk.
Wade Ray - It’s All Your Fault
A little western swing for Sunday.
Dean Martin - Blue, Blue Day
I’m working on my portfolio and imitating Dean while I push a mouse around.
David Allan Coe - Bossier City
"Now you got the nerve to ask me where I’m going and I don’t believe I’d tell you if I knew.”
The Bellfuries - Up To Your Old Tricks Again
When I see lady friends of mine, I like to ask them “how’s tricks?” because I’m a classy guy.
Graham Parker - Almost Thanksgiving Day
I can smell it.
George Jones - Roly Poly
I think I’m done buying Thanksgiving ingredients. Tomorrow I start preppin’. And loosening the belt.
Otis Gibbs - The Farmer Is The Man
Previewing the new Both Kinds of Music Internet Radio Programme: The Farm to Table and Beyond Show, which airs on Thursday.
John Doe & The Sadies - Take These Chains From My Heart
Note to musicians - when you do a cover, don’t just redo the song. Make it your own. Like this.
Dolly Parton - My Blue Tears
Becky Stark sang this last night - though in a decidedly lo-fi fashion with Tom Brosseau and John Reilly backing her up.