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God Love Murder Cheating Broken Hearts Death pretty much sums it up for country music's subject matter

So let's get right to the big issue God

And who better than Johnny Cash to start

Were You There

Backed up by the Carter Family singing ethereal vocals behind Johnny's deep voice it's what I call a perfect song and if you don't believe at the start of the song by the time it's over you will be off to the river

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Can't go wrong with these two for a start                Cheers,   Keith    

I was actually famous in my last year of high school after I recited the entire song of Alice's Rstaurant ( including differing voices and accents when required ) on the way home from a weekend school

Already posted this one (with a different photo) on the main thread but it rightfully belongs here. I've been rediscovering it over the last couple of days thanks to the wonderful 'presence' and intim

Pretty much the point where country mingled with rock for the first time

A Louvin Brothers song sung by long haired dopers

They should sing this in church

If they did sing it in church I'd go

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This is the Louvin Brothers

Possibly the greatest duet singers in music country or otherwise

This song is so corny it defies description but includes a spoken speech that makes you want to hide

Then the harmonies cut in and suddenly it's praise The Lord

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Could be my favourite song

I am just a pilgrim on this road boys

The great Steve Earl at home with an electric guitar as much as an acoustic but it's all country music

My funeral song

Well you've gotta plan ahead

I expect to touch his Hand boys

I'll put a word in for you if I can boys

And singing backup God's angel Emmylou Harris

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This is Nick Lowe a rock n roller of impeccable credentials who in his youth was part of the new wave scene in London and produced the first Elvis Costello record

And later married Carlene Carter the daughter of June Carter Cash

From memory one of the songs on The Rick Rubin records was written by Nick

In his old age his records are acoustic meditations on age and it's many problems among other things and this song is basically where we are all at in relation to the good book

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And now for another of Johnny Cash's ex son in laws

Rodney Crowell

An old man's litany of dislikes and the closer to heaven than he's ever been is because of his age

A great American songwriter

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A common comment that pops up here and everywhere I go extolling the virtues of country music is

I like Johnny Cash but don't like country music

We'll Johnny Cash is one of the pillars of country music so the idea is really a contradiction in terms and long and many are the ear bashings I've had to deliver on the subject

But it's all good to quote Bob and my son

Hopefully there are other lovers of the music out there in SNA cyber space ready to sing along in type and at least one person ready to listen to what I think is the best writing and singing in music with an immediate emotional connection

In the meantime here's the Weary Boys named I think after a Hank Williams song

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These boys always did it for me and still do:

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Some clips from the Transatlantic Sessions.

 

Russ Barenberg with Jerry Douglas and Danny Thompson. From TS Series 1, 1995.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcSnqiRFFS4

 

Roseanne Cash performing 500 Miles, from TS series 5, 2009 with Jerry Douglas once again on dobro (he has co-produced this series since the outset).

Love this performance.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTWlMLj_AGE#t=13

 

 

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The best records of what I think of as the the 2nd wave of country music for want of a better way to differentiate Hank Williams Johnny Cash Merle Haggard Patsy Cline era from today

A huge influence on the Stones at the time they recorded their 4 greatest records Beggars Banquet through to Exile on Main Street

A serious wasted life though

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Some clips from the Transatlantic Sessions.

 

Russ Barenberg with Jerry Douglas and Danny Thompson. From TS Series 1, 1995.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcSnqiRFFS4

 

Roseanne Cash performing 500 Miles, from TS series 5, 2009 with Jerry Douglas once again on dobro (he has co-produced this series since the outset).

Love this performance.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTWlMLj_AGE#t=13

A friend of mine is a fanatic about these DVDs so I have seen them all

Acoustic music doesn't get much better

Jerry Douglas!!!

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Proof that country music is cool

this is my favourite rock photo

gram parsons and keith richards during the recording of Exile on Main Street

where rock and blues meet country

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A friend of mine is a fanatic about these DVDs so I have seen them all

Acoustic music doesn't get much better

Jerry Douglas!!!

 

I have the whole series. Keeping an eye out for any news about the next one.

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I've just been listening to this one:

 

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Here's a taster:

 

 

Along with Buddy Miller, it features Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, and guests like Patty Griffin, Lee Ann Womack and Emmylou Harris. It comes with a DVD.

 

Cheers

 

Mick

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I've just been listening to this one:

 

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Here's a taster:

 

 

Along with Buddy Miller, it features Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, and guests like Patty Griffin, Lee Ann Womack and Emmylou Harris. It comes with a DVD.

 

Cheers

 

Mick

I love Buddy Miller

Years ago when the Blues Fest was a festival for fanatics and lovers of obscure music Buddy Miller was part of Steve Earls band

Late in the afternoon in tent with only a handful of people buddy Miller did his own set

Kasey Chambers came out and sang back up and Steve made an appearance

Then STEVE Did his own show and KC came out again

Sun going down

In a tent

Perfect music

Hillbilly heaven

In Byron Bay

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Here is a cd I can make an unconditional recommendation about

The first in a 3 cd collection of murder ballads put out by American alt country label Bloodshot Records

The band is like a house band of Bloodshot musos with different singers on most songs

The songs go back to the 30's I think and some would be recognisable to elderly chaps as top 40 hits in the 60's

Great song singers and players and sounding very good on a good stereo like mine

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It's not my main fare, but I listen to a bit around the edges:

Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, a little bit of Bill Munroe and Doc Watson, Hank Williams, John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline, Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Wilco,

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Everything by Gillian Welch is worth listening to. Great guitar work by her partner.

Townes van zandt is often cited as a big influence on alt country.

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Proof that country music is cool

this is my favourite rock photo

gram parsons and keith richards during the recording of Exile on Main Street

where rock and blues meet country

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exile is certainly one of the great albums in any genre. It's a must have. Edited by buddyev
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Bob Neuwirth a well known secret

Probably known to Dylan fans as a smart Alec at the time Bob was one in the 60's from the movie Don't Look Back

Toured again with Dylan on the Rolling Thunder tour

A player and singer songwriter that nobody's actually heard sing

This song is actually Patti Smith sing/talking poetry but shows Neuwirth's friends

Also recorded an album with John Cale of the Velvet Underground

Can't recommend all his records but this one is seriously good

An excellent songwriter

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Thinking about mortality

And what better way to get depressed on a fading Sunday afternoon than with the late great Johnny Cash and the equally late great Earle Scruggs on banjo

Life is just a passing moment

On a never ending trail

Though my pathway wanders for a while

Someday my ship will sail

But I will walk this road awhile

I will walk it with a smile

And I will take it in my stride

Someday I will be satisfied..............

Written by Allen Reynolds

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Beware the apocalypse

Coming from the great bear of the northlands

And the promise of the coming of the Prince of peace

Russia going mad

Israel going mad

Sitting here in Pottsville contemplating my navel

If it all ends in tears I hope theirs time for a singalong

Thirsty work all this thinking

Time to cheer up

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Thank god for Johnny and June

Always a cheer me up song in hand

And now off to Syney

I'll be hopping like kangaroo

When I get off that fast boat to Sydney

And what better song to follow it up between sips

Pack up your sorrows

And thank god for Country music

A song for every feeling

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here's who i think is Australia's best female singer

don't be alarmed if you don't agree because i am probably the only one of 20 odd million who think that

Corrina Steele

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and again with one of the Australia's  most wonderful characters and guitar players Bill Chambers

i love Kasey Chambers but her dads the man

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This is the Louvin Brothers

Possibly the greatest duet singers in music country or otherwise

 

I have this tribute album and like it. Features Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton ...

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I might look that one up next burst of expenditure on amazon

Should listen to the Louvin Brothers but not the one I posted

Fanatics only I think

There are some good double cd sets

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here is one of the great record covers

and a story to go with it

 

Although the brothers are still remembered today for their musical talent, they are also remembered for the unusual cover used for their 1959 album, Satan Is Real. Designed by Ira Louvin, the cover features the brothers standing in a rock quarry in front of a 12-foot-tall (3.7 m) plywood rendition of the Devil as several hidden tires soaked in kerosene burn behind them as fire and brimstone.[8]While some reviewers count this as being one of the "greatest iconic album covers of all time",[9] the cover can also be found today on several Web sites celebrating unusual or bizarre album covers. The cover has also become an Internet meme on a number of Web sites such as Fark.com, where it has been posted in discussion threads as an example of religious views of the era.[10]

The opening bars of the album's title track "Satan is Real" can be heard at the beginning of Hank Williams III's "Medley: Straight to Hell / Satan is Real", on his Straight to Hell album of 2006. It is also excerpted in Will Ferrell's 2009 one-man Broadway show,You're Welcome America. A Final Night With George W Bush.

 

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I'm not a Country person myself, but this I believe qualifies "Moonshine Sessions" (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Moonshine-Sessions-Bonus-Dvd-Solal/dp/B000TQAF7I/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1408591770&sr=1-1&keywords=Moonshine+Sessions). Wonderful singing of original & "countrified" songs with a snippet or two of conversations & a drawn out ending of a mixture of nature sounds, sounds & words paying due's to the "smokin" side of Country music.

 

Excellent sound quality, this one is desert island material for me & as has been mentioned elsewhere, country music for those not into country music. See youtube for listening samples.

 

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It's not my main fare, but I listen to a bit around the edges:

Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, a little bit of Bill Munroe and Doc Watson, Hank Williams, John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline, Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Wilco,

That's not round the edges

That is the heart and soul of country music both old as in Bill Munroe and Doc Watson Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton

And new as in Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch makes a deliberate effort to sound old timey so to speak and in the process

creates timeless music

Justin Townes Earle does something similar with contemporary lyrics and an old fashioned sound

Lucinda Williams plays as often as not with electric guitars whilst howling at the moon

Considered to be the best songwriter in America by Time Magazine a few years ago

The other side of the coin with her is crying into your beer broken hearted

As good as it gets

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