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Watch 'Heartworn Highways'
Then go back to pre 1945ish blues & folk music.
some Nina Nastasia stuff
Bonnie Prince Billy
proper country or 'alt' country?
If you want 'alt' country...its Gene Clark all the way. Get white light, no other and dillard and clark
Andy Jackson or Steve Earle all the way.
Have you even HEARD of Gene Clark?
Steve Earle isn't fit to tie his shoelaces, and I've no doubt he'd admit that himself.
not indie kids posing in plaid shirts
Gene Clark wasn't an indie kid posing in a plaid shirt, he was the best songwriter who ever passed through the Byrds, and a full on country boy- who just happened to spend some time in a pop band
Michael Nesmith (yes, that one)
That's a certain rock musician having a "Derek and Clive" moment, but it's worryingly authentic.
More seriously? Willie Nelson.
I need to get more of his stuff. 'Transcendental Blues' is a great album.
plus dolly and emmylou.
and say everyone who posted in this thread is a country music loving homosexual and that metal is where it's at.
The Byrds/Gram Parsons
The Flying Burrito Brothers
Though he's kinda more bluesy
is absoluterly well good.
Pre-Byrds = good.
Post-Byrds = too country for me.
electro's where it's at !
you are the gayest of the gay!
i was playing up to rogers
he'll be here soon with a "why does everyone think i only like electro?" rant
International Submarine Band
THE CARTER FAMILY
I have to re-iterate GENE CLARK...as there have been several mentions of Gram fucking Parsons, who is only so revered cos he fucking died with an ice-cube up his arse in the desert.
Gram Parsons, frankly wasn't fit to lick Genes shitty arse crack- the guy was the real deal
those tracks probably aren't the best example of his 'countryness' if anyone is interested, check out the albums I mentioned.
But the only reason I listen to Gram Parsons is because he's Ryan Adams' hero.
then try Willard Grant Conspiracy. Better than I've just made it sound.
this time of year.
instead of students farting around pretending to be farmhands, listen to George Jones, Merle Haggard, Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys and Hank Snow. And ignore anything after 1969.
Western Swing = not REALLY country...
the number of really great people who are pure mainstream country - given how strict country is about genre distinctions - is pretty small (Williams, Jones, Haggard, Snow, Charlie Rich, maybe Cash, Roy Acuff, Tennessee Ernie Ford). You can expand a lot by going back to the 30s and 40s and widening the net to include Western Swing, country gospel and so on, with Bob Wills and Lefty Frizzell and Spade Cooley. There's more to be mined there than getting stuck on hippy country, good as some of that is.
Sure, I really love bluegrass stuff etc too- was just being twatty ;) ...got a great album by the Kentuckians that is probably one of my top ten albums ever...such a great energy
I almost think the idea of 'REAL COUNTRY' might be a construct though- Charlie Rich and George Jones both released rock n roll records early in their careers (check their first uk 45 releases...)- so to dismiss anything after '69 just cos Gram Parsons and The Eagles made bad music while wearing nudie suits is a bit rich...
I agree. Seems that the way Nashville works, it decides what 'real' country is once it's become successful, having previously said they hated it when it was cajun-ish/rockabilly/hippy beardy or whatever. At least they're consistent. And I was only being churlish about post-69, of course....
On the bluegrass front, have you heard the first Stanley Brothers sessions that Revenant re-released a couple of years ago? http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:sz6dtrawkl2x
Yes, and yes again. Listen to Richmond Fontaine, they are a bit special.
And Langhorne Slim.
Do they count as country? If so, them.
i don't care any more
i finally got the new killers album
I listened to Sam's Town on the way to work today and it made me laugh. It's like the soundtrack to a bad film. A really, really bad film.
i've actually been listening to JR Ewing
sort of the same... but completely different
and Lambchop are all you need. And Jr. Ewing, I agree.