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(Rolling Stone)   Though oft-maligned by music critics and snobs, country music is not all rednecks, beer chugging and pick-up trucks. This week in the Sunday Morning Music Club, we're looking for the country albums every rocker should own   ( rollingstone.com) divider line
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2017-11-05 07:04:49 AM  
Cash - Folsom Prison
Ray Charles - Modern Sounds in county music
Sturgill Simpson - Meta-modern sounds in country music
Uncle Tupelo - Anodyne
Guy Clark - Old No 1
Townes Van Zandt - Live at the Old Quarter
Dylan - Nashville Skyline
Dylan and Cash Seasions

I like country more than I thought I did....this is far from exhaustive.
 
2017-11-05 07:05:47 AM  
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2017-11-05 07:09:52 AM  
Cletus Maggard and the Citizens band


Seriously, any Red Sovine, or Charlie Pride.
 
2017-11-05 07:16:44 AM  
Drive By Truckers.
Shovels and Rope
Milk Carton Kids
 
2017-11-05 07:18:36 AM  
Ode to Billie Joe - Bobbie Gentry (BBC Live 1968)
Youtube HaRacIzZSPo
 
2017-11-05 07:18:45 AM  

Hobodeluxe: Drive By Truckers.
Shovels and Rope
Milk Carton Kids


Damn - forgot DBT. Add Southern Rock Opera and Blessing And a Curse to my list.
 
2017-11-05 07:24:44 AM  
Jason Isbell to go with the DBT
Tyler Childers
 
2017-11-05 07:25:56 AM  
Oooh, good question.

Off the top of my head (no albums titles spring to mind other than the obvious Folsom Prison Blues)

Cash
Nelson
Jennings, Williams Jr, Haggard - other assorted Outlaws from the 70s
Daniels
Scruggs
Probably plenty from the 50s-60s that I can't think of at the moment who came from the south who incorporated blues into their music, leading those who came later into 'Southern Rock'

****

(after a coffee/bathroom break...)

Earle - Copperhead Road flat out rocks
Tritt - most seems to be over produced/marketed to a specific audience but he has a few songs that dig in & go
Paisley - same as Tritt
70s Southern California music scene (Harris, Browne, Ronstadt, Eagles, etc) they all seemed to flow back & forth between rock/country/their own sounds without really pinning themselves down

Good topic today.  I'm going to have to go dig around in the stacks/archives after breakfast to see just what I have...
 
2017-11-05 07:29:04 AM  
Easy pick: Van Lear Rose by Loretta Lynn.
Loretta Lynn - "Van Lear Rose"
Youtube UDukNvUZGSs
 
2017-11-05 07:29:33 AM  
No love for John Anderson? The album "Wild and Blue" is a masterpiece.


Wild & Blue , John Anderson , 1982 Vinyl
Youtube N5YDsSymPk4


Could listen to that voice all day....
 
2017-11-05 07:30:15 AM  

JerseyTim: Easy pick: Van Lear Rose by Loretta Lynn.
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Hell, yeah.
 
2017-11-05 07:32:53 AM  

Recoil Therapy: Oooh, good question.

Off the top of my head (no albums titles spring to mind other than the obvious Folsom Prison Blues)

Cash
Nelson
Jennings, Williams Jr, Haggard - other assorted Outlaws from the 70s
Daniels
Scruggs
Probably plenty from the 50s-60s that I can't think of at the moment who came from the south who incorporated blues into their music, leading those who came later into 'Southern Rock'

****

(after a coffee/bathroom break...)

Earle - Copperhead Road flat out rocks
Tritt - most seems to be over produced/marketed to a specific audience but he has a few songs that dig in & go
Paisley - same as Tritt
70s Southern California music scene (Harris, Browne, Ronstadt, Eagles, etc) they all seemed to flow back & forth between rock/country/their own sounds without really pinning themselves down

Good topic today.  I'm going to have to go dig around in the stacks/archives after breakfast to see just what I have...


I crushed Linda Ronstadt so hard as a teen growing up in the 60's -70's. Doe-Eyed brunettes are my kryptonite. Sad Parkinson's took her singing voice.
 
2017-11-05 07:42:01 AM  
Pretty much anything by Cash, Willie, Waylon and Haggard are excellent additions to a rocker's music collection. If you don't know where to start, just pick up a "Greatest Hist" CD and start from there.

For more specific recommendations: Dierks Bentley 'Modern Day Drifter', Dwight Yoakam 'Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room', Lee Ann Womack 'There's More Where That Came From', Kacey Musgraves 'Same Trailer Different Park', Eric Church 'The Outsiders', and Alison Krauss & Union Station 'Every Time You Say Goodbye' are all superb albums for all music fans, not just country.
 
2017-11-05 07:42:42 AM  
Shotgun Willie and Red Headed Stranger for sure.
 
2017-11-05 07:48:50 AM  
And for the people who like country music, malign means 'put down'."
 
2017-11-05 07:49:14 AM  

Hobodeluxe: Recoil Therapy: ....

I crushed Linda Ronstadt so hard as a teen growing up in the 60's -70's. Doe-Eyed brunettes are my kryptonite. Sad Parkinson's took her singing voice.


I guess I'm about 15ish years younger than you (thus my list from the late 70s-early 80s.  But I agree, doe eyed brunettes are special.  Susanna Hoffs did it for me (even though the Bangles came into being a little after my teenage crush years) - here's a good cure for erectile dysfunction from her... (linked not to threadjack things even more...)
 
2017-11-05 07:53:17 AM  
For those mentioning the outlaws,they forgot the album "The Outlaws"

Also
Asleep at the wheel
Bob WIlls
Hank WIlliams.
 
2017-11-05 07:54:03 AM  
I think they chose well, but not best with Hank Jr.  His album 'Friends' never got the airplay it deserved because of his near death fall off the mountain.  The earlier Garth Brooks albums also are better than the choice here.  But I can go back to Storms of Life, any day, any time, and forget all of Randy Travis' problems.  The Trio album takes me back, but I honestly think Linda Ronstadt's early work better fits with the label of best country.  If 'Coat of Many Colors' was not included, I was going to have to cut someone.
 
2017-11-05 07:54:51 AM  
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2017-11-05 08:08:38 AM  
The only country album I own besides Johnny Cash is one from a blues/soul artist: King Curtis- Country Soul. Same year as Ray Charles's country album.

For the rest I just can't stand country. 

King Curtis - Tumbling Tumbleweeds (From rare 'Country Soul' album - Stereo Mix 1962)
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2017-11-05 08:10:19 AM  
Not my genre but I do have this to suggest.

Lonesome Train - Johnny Burnette & the Rock & Roll Trio (1956)
Youtube v3gEE3fR28I
 
2017-11-05 08:17:23 AM  
Older country music?  Cash and Jennings and Haggard.

"New county" is shiat.
 
2017-11-05 08:18:06 AM  
anything by these guys:
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or this guy (but this album is gently tremendous)
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2017-11-05 08:21:52 AM  
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2017-11-05 08:23:49 AM  
I'm a fan of Cash, Kristofferson, Waylon, and Willie, Merle too...so I won't list all their stuff.
Never was a fan of Roseanne Cash until I heard The River and the Thread . It's a really great album.  I would recommend it to anybody.

Sturgill Simpson is great. His latest album is a less stereotypical country sound and pretty good.
 
2017-11-05 08:23:52 AM  
Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison (1968) (Full album)
Youtube GpZ-2HDJzFw
 
2017-11-05 08:28:05 AM  
 
2017-11-05 08:30:45 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Older country music?  Cash and Jennings and Haggard.

"New county" is shiat.


Sturgill Simpson.

Saw him on tour with Merle a few months before he died. Merle thought he was the only decent new artist out there.
 
2017-11-05 08:34:14 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Older country music?  Cash and Jennings and Haggard.

"New county" is shiat.


New radio country is shiat. If you've discounted the genre you're missing out needlessly.

Just my opinion, anyway.
 
2017-11-05 08:43:04 AM  
All the classics have been covered, I see. Robbie Fulks is a fantastic modern country/folk/bluegrass singer. Catch him live if possible because he and his band put on a fantastic show.

Robbie Fulks - The Buck Starts Here
Youtube Mt8eOUOsTIU
 
2017-11-05 08:43:43 AM  
/fantastic
 
2017-11-05 08:45:50 AM  

holdmybones: If you've discounted the genre you're missing out needlessly


I am swimming in new jazz music that's blowing my mind right now.
 
2017-11-05 08:46:03 AM  
If you haven't happened across it yet, Lukas Nelson and The Promise of The Real are worth a listen.

Caught 2 live sets from them on XM recently and was very impressed.

Only later did I learn of Lukas's parentage.
 
2017-11-05 08:46:44 AM  
One more comment...I know Uncle Tupelo (and by default all iterations) was covered but this song is pretty much perfect:
Son Volt - Tear Stained Eye
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2017-11-05 08:48:25 AM  
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2017-11-05 08:50:01 AM  

hobnail: Sturgill Simpson.

Saw him on tour with Merle a few months before he died. Merle thought he was the only decent new artist out there.


This guy I like.  He causes trouble.  I'll give him a listen.
 
2017-11-05 08:51:13 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Older country music?  Cash and Jennings and Haggard.

"New county" is shiat.


I call what they're celebrating at the CMAs "Southern Pop." Because that's all it is.

If you want real modern country, there's just one place to go....
Chris Stapleton - Traveller (Audio)
Youtube _kBnFgLP8po


\God I miss road trips
 
2017-11-05 08:55:11 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: holdmybones: If you've discounted the genre you're missing out needlessly

I am swimming in new jazz music that's blowing my mind right now.


Nuff said.
 
2017-11-05 08:56:31 AM  

ytterbium: One more comment...I know Uncle Tupelo (and by default all iterations) was covered but this song is pretty much perfect:
[YouTube video]


Playing right now.

Walkin down Main Street
Getting to know the concrete
 
2017-11-05 09:08:27 AM  
Urban Country - Gonna Need a Grave
Youtube W9chF9gYZqI


Everyone all trying to prove their classic chops like the music tab still exists.  Pfft.  Have some Urban Country.
 
2017-11-05 09:18:51 AM  
Blow Me a Kiss
Youtube -l2Sggyn2aA
 
2017-11-05 09:24:33 AM  
Are the albums so good that even people who like rock will like them, or are they rock-like country albums?
Willie Nelson albums and particularly Red Headed Stranger fit the first part of that sentence.  Cash, Buck Owens, and Bob Wills maybe get close to the second.

You can't really talk about great country without mentioning Alabama.  It's melodic and so fun to dance and drink beer to.  My obscure favorite is Gary Stewart.  Favorite Texas Country club bands:  Two Tons of Steel and the Derailers.

This makes me smile so hard, and I think I've posted it before, but who cares?

Raspberry Beret Derailers
Youtube 9HBGn-jw3EM
 
2017-11-05 09:51:11 AM  
Steve Earle--Guitar Town
 
2017-11-05 09:52:52 AM  
If you only get 1:

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2017-11-05 10:00:11 AM  

thorpe: If you only get 1:

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He was amazing.

Lefty Frizzell is another influential country artist that often gets overlooked.  Worth a listen if you like old country.
 
2017-11-05 10:01:53 AM  
If you have XM radio take a listen to the Buddy and Jim Show on Saturday Evenings. Those two guys have been in the industry for a long time and know everyone in country music. I can't count the number of new artists I've discovered by listening to that show.  You can stream old shows too if you have the XM app.
 
2017-11-05 10:03:36 AM  
I forgot to mention that the Buddy and Jim show is on XM 60, Outlaw Country.
 
2017-11-05 10:06:36 AM  
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2017-11-05 10:14:19 AM  
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Cowboy Junkies - Trinity Sessions
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2017-11-05 10:19:30 AM  
Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger
Dwight Yoakam - This Time
 
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