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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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Johnny Paycheck & Merle Haggard - I Can’t Hold Myself in Line

Bad ass.

Ray Charles - Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music

Here’s a playlist of the entire album PLUS what’s more or less the originals on which Ray based his interpretations. Enjoy!

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Ray Charles - Hey Good Lookin’

The big band sound of country music.

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Tommy Collins - Sam Hill

Vastly underrated country artist who helped define the Bakersfield sound. Buck Owens played in his band and Merle Haggard recorded a bunch of his songs, including this one.

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Hank III - Dick In Dixie

Carlene’s comment about putting the see you next tuesday in country inspired Bocephus Jr. to address critics of his music.

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Carlene Carter - Swap-Meat Rag

The song that Carlene, daughter of June Carter and Carl Smith, infamously introduced by saying, “If this song doesn’t put the cunt back in country, nothing will.” It’s about swinging.

To have and hold suburban life
Forever live as man and wife
Welcomed by the neighborhood
The neighbors here are really good
They say “What’s mine is yours
And yours is mine”

Swap-meat the American way
You can have it twice a day
Swap-meat the American way
It’s indoor recreation at its best

Hold me back, it’s just too much
I’ve never seen the like of such
I must admit it beats the bars
No broken hearts or nasty scars
Just carpet burns and wait your turns

Swap-meat the American way
You can have it twice a day
Swap-meat the American way
Ahh it’s strictly code of the road

Detectives breaking down the door
The evidence laid on the floor
Pistol-packin’ romeos, stop illegal loops and holes…
My old man says it’s time to go
But I just wants to do-si-do
I can’t stop this jig and jag
I wanna swing my little honey
To the swap-meat rag
Community property, it’s all in the family

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Elvis Presley - Peace In The Valley

For Bil. Safe travels my friend.

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Emmylou Harris - The Price You Pay

Aw shucks, it’s Emmylou’s birthday. Send her well wishes on her 67th year.

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The Gourds - Jesus Christ With Signs Following

I just read this fascinating article by Kate Fowler (kateelizabethfowler) regarding her work about the Pentecostal snake-handler Mack Wolford in West Virginia.

She created a short documentary about it called With Signs Following. It only reinforces my terrible tin ear when it comes to listening to lyrics or digging for deeper meaning to songs I like.

Jesus Christ, with signs followin’,
serpents in the air.
Hellbent on heaven bound,
your earthly end is near.

Guarded by the divine,
we’re practicin’ our faith.
There’s more than chance at work here,
or strychnine in this place.

Turns out certain Pentecostal churches are named as such based on a passage from the Gospel of Mark:

"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover,"

America. Terrific, terrifying and W-E-I-R-D.

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Laura Cantrell - No Way There From Here

The title track to the album Amanda so nicely skewered today. I don’t know what it is about her music, but I can’t stand it. Her voice is the proverbial nails on a chalkboard. I’ve taken to calling it Country for the 1%. Even weirder is that her husband is a big mucky-muck for SiriusXM channels like Willie’s Place. For godsakes, she had a great radio show on WFMU for years. Is something lost in translation? Anyone out there dig her and care to chime in?

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Melba Montgomery - Mr Walker, It’s All Over

I bet if I scoured releases by country women from late 1968 thru 1969, I could put together a healthy comp of Harper Valley PTA copycats.

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Kitty Wells - Forever Young

While I’m in a Kitty Wells mood, take a listen to this righteous version of Dylan’s Forever Young. Apparently he wanted her to sing it - giving it to Kitty before he even laid down the track.

One of the most unusual releases in her career came when Capricorn Records, based in Macon, Ga., created a country music division and signed Wells to the label.

Phil Walden, founder of Capricorn Records, told me that rock promoter Bill Graham called him one day and said that folk-rock music star Bob Dylan wanted to meet then-Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter and asked Walden to arrange it.

Walden did just that at the governor’s mansion after a Dylan concert in Atlanta. Back at their hotel after the meeting, Walden told Dylan that he had signed country legend Wells to Capricorn and asked whether Dylan had any songs for her.

“He immediately said Forever Young,” Walden said, adding that it had not yet been recorded by anyone including Dylan.

“He later sent us a cassette of the song, and we recorded it (with Wells),” Walden said. “That was the days of underground radio when FM stations were coming into prominence. One of the biggest kicks I ever got was hearing rock radio stations play back to back Kitty Wells’ version of Forever Young and then follow it with Bob Dylan’s version.”

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There’s also a great and lengthy article on the making of the entire record at No Depression, which reveals the band behind her:

Wells’ son-in-law, John Sturdivant, had arranged the session with Capricorn honcho Phil Walden, who recruited Dickey Betts and Chuck Leavell of the Allmans, Toy Caldwell of Marshall Tucker, and members of the band Cowboy, yet another Macon mainstay, for the date. They also nabbed Nashville ringer John Hughey, he of the slash-and-burn steel on such angst-ridden Conway Twitty odes as “The Image Of Me” and “How Much More Can She Stand”.

Dickey Betts!

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KItty Wells - Your Cheatin’ Heart

It took me forever to figure out what song played on this clip, but I figured it out.

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Sammi Smith - Kentucky

The rare audio double-shot, but this came on while I’m doing my Sammi immersion and it’s too good not to share.

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Sammi Smith - This Room For Rent

Sammi sang more than just Help Me Make It Through The Night; something I’m even just discovering now.