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Can anyone point me to some?
Does it even exist?
PS: Cash and artists of the like are givins I assume.
on Saturday. I love a good charity shop find.
She varies between country and other genres. I would recommend "Blacklisted.
Or is that a given?
Ryan Bingham, The Handsome Family, Uncle Tupelo.
I live in Green Bay Wisconsin in the states, it's hard to find any good stuff over all the country clatter, and I had no idea where to even looks.
is the daddy as far as I'm concerned. Also check out:
Green on Red
The Gun Club
Check out his original of 'Kathleen' (as covered by Tindersticks):
Whiskeytown - Stranger's Almanac
Whiskeytown - Pneumonia
Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker
Ryan Adams - 48 Hours
Oh, and Gillian Welch.
Gillian Welch - Time (The Revelator)
Gillian Welch - Hell Among The Yearlings
Also, Willie Nelson - Red-Headed Stranger.
Shotgun Willie / Phases and Stages / Red Headed Stranger is an amazing trio of albums
American Music Club - California
Cowboy Junkies - The Caution Horses
Neil Young - Comes A Time
Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline
and "Little Sparrow" by Dolly Parton (yes, that's right).
Kind of the obvious answer, but IMO he's the greatest of them all by several orders of magnitude. I'm actually not a huge country fan, but Hank just blows me away. His songs are incredible, his voice is perfect and his guitar playing is gob-smacking - and I'm not talking about noodly technical chops but the insistent thum-thum-thum of the right hand. Hank manages to make it swing as well as rock, his playing sounds like a man walking along wearing baggy trousers with pockets jingling full of change. Neil Young once said Hank W was his favourite guitarist. He's up there with the Beatles, Elvis, anyone you care to mention. Huge influence on pop & rock as well as country. Hank Williams.
I thought the OP implied that Cash, Williams, etc were a given though.
I actually didn't know what he meant by "givins" LOL
Anyway, if the poster "assumes" HW is a given and isn't intimately familiar with his music, it's time to get busy.
Lucinda Williams- 'Sweet Old World', 'Car Wheels on a Gravel Road', 'World Without Tears'
Miranda Lambert- 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'
Wilco- 'Being There'
Silver Jews- 'American Water'
The first four albums are the best: Precious Moments, Pure Diamond Gold, Tremendous Efforts and my favourite Stories Often Told.
Also the album they did with Andre Williams aclled Red Dirt is great.
Tarnation's "Gentle Creatures". Fantastic country, and on 4AD to boot!
This youtube playlist has most of the album, plus a couple of extra tracks at either end:
Kris kristofferson -self titled
but 'Rowboat' by Beck is a superb country soung. One of my favourite's by him:
The pedal steel is just excellent. 'Modesto' from the same album is great, too:
but I think my favourite country album is Van Lear Rose by Loretta Lynn. It's the comeback album she did with Jack White. The first 2 songs show his influence (he sings on track 2) but it's all solid gold country. Country singers get better with age.
Sweetheart of the Radio (Byrds) and Grievous Angel (Gram Parsons) are absolute must haves too.
ok, that's a good one
Pretty good album
Her last couple of albums have been more kind of loungey jazz pop, but she has her fair share of countryesque numbers in the past including :
Got an interview / live review coming up on DiS that I did so keep an eye out for that!
Fronted by ex-Jayhawk Mark Olson, sort of pop-country a la Jayhawks but a lot more stripped back & rootsier. If you can ignore the shittiness of Victoria Williams' singing on their earlier releases, they're pretty great. "My Own Jo Ellen" is probably the pick, kicks off with a track that's the best thing Neil Young never recorded.
Willie Nelson - Country Music
Steve Earle - Townes
but not recent Steve Earle
Billy Ray Cyrus's Achy Breaky Heart
but can the songs possibly match up?
I'm going with 'YES'.
Live at the Old Quarter is still one of my favourite live albums, perfect. Another beauty is Dillard and Clarks Great Expedition/Throught the Morning.
A bit gobsmacked no-one's mentioned Dolly Parton yet, given the monumental aceness of Jolene; here's Safraz Manzoor on just what a talented songwriter she is http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jun/24/dolly-parton-beyond-the-rhinestones. (I was even more gobsmacked that some people on Facebook were sneering at the very idea of there being good Country songs. Jeez, what limited worlds they must live in.)
For contemporary Country you'd do worse than Drive-By Truckers, whose bassist, Shona Tucker wrote an incredible slow-burn lament for their last album, 'You Got Another' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP-rBYbTB9M). 'Birthday Boy' on the same album is breath-taking, beautifully pitched lyrics and a great rolling riff (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRx9hEvP6zc).
The Be Good Tanyas have a good line in heartbreak ('In Spite of all the Damage' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-H0Mx2qoD8) and prettiness ('The Littlest Birds' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdIhpkEkC4c)
My favourite 'Country' song of the last few years has been Emmylou Harris's 'I Don't Want to Talk About It Now' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwi0m_k3Fmc): a fucking glorious growl of a song. It's beautiful.
Thanks Lucy, working my way through the YouTube links
Native Sons by The Long Ryders is a pretty good album. Also +1 for Green on Red & American Music Club.
tom t. hall