Label: Dot Records - M 8450-26000,Dot Records - 94466 • Format: 8-Track Cartridge Album • Country: US • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Style: Country
What makes a great country song? It Rafaël* - La Guerre Des Gosses a story. It draws a line. It has a twang you can feel down to the soles of your feet.
Some get mad, some get weepy, some just get you down the road. But these are essential songs that map out the story of country music, from Hank Williams howling at the moon to George Jones pouring one out for all the desperate lovers to Taylor Swift singing the suburban cowgirl blues.
Mainstream country's most prominent liberal ambitiously overloads this nearly six-minute single from 's American Saturday Nightexplaining that he wanted "to serve up a little multigenerational truth with a strong sense of hope and possibility.
Basically, it's a typical Brad Paisley A. By Richard Gehr. One of Bruce Springsteen's lesser-known influences is the The Awareness Of Nothing (Concl.) - Donna Fargo - The Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A. (8-Track Car, hard-drinkin' Texas fiddle player Harry Choates. After playing for spare change as a teenager in the Thirties, Choates started making records by his early Twenties, and his aching reworking of the so-called "Cajun National Anthem" hit Number Four on the Billboard charts.
Bonds among many others. Fame and fortune never made it back to Choates, however. By Reed Fischer. This loving, jargon-filled novelty song took the insular world of trucker culture to the tops of both the country and pop charts in McCall the only Number One hit of his career, sold two million copies, started a C. Chip and I bought ourselves a C. By Jonathan Bernstein. By Nick Murray. This story of returning home from the city was told through thunderous piano playing inspired by Milsap's session work on Elvis' "Kentucky Rain" and producer Various - The Jazz Round Collins' spiralling strings.
Of course, "Smoky Mountain Rain" wouldn't be on this list Dont Be Proud - Various - Double Dance - 2x The Best From 1-MC2 the words weren't equally chilling: Note, for instance, that before the protagonist heads back to North Carolina, he has not change of plans but a "change of dreams.
These irresistibly slick opportunists always had a keen eye for cultural shifts: "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me" treated country's late-Seventies transition from the honky-tonk to the singles' bar as a forgone conclusion and 's "Country Rap" is pretty self-explanatory. Meanwhile, contemporary country is providing a similar escape for many aging Nineties rock fans. Who's going to write "Old Slacker"? By Keith Harris. Yoakam is often painted as a critic of Nashville, but in "Guitars, Cadillacs" the hillbilly music that Tennessee once produced becomes the only thing that makes Tinsel Town tolerable for this "naive fool who came to Babylon and found out that the pie don't taste so sweet.
A home for country rock since the Byrds and the Burrito Brothers, the ambitious singer found his match in local roots-oriented post-punk acts like the Blasters, Lone Justice and the Knitters. The biggest influence on "Guitars, Cadillacs," however, the one who lent the song its crisp guitar and walking bassline, remained two hours north.
His name was Buck Owens, and two years later Yoakam would give him his 21st chart-topper with "Streets of Bakersfield. Incountry music's consummate storyteller traveled to Miami Beach to perform at the Democratic National Convention that nominated George McGovern and returned to Nashville afterward with a soon-to-be-hit. A janitor, a month away from his 66th birthday, shared his impressions of the only three things worth a damn in life, while casting aspersions on the loyalty and value of lovers and friends — and Hall took it all down.
The resulting hit, though sentimental on the surface, has a cynical flipside, its distrust of all but the simplest things in life imparting an aftertaste of sour Seventies disillusion. Nixon won, by the way. Originally a member of the short-lived band Silver Spur, Juice Newton had been releasing a steady output of solo pop and rock material for two years — to decent reviews but few sales.
When she shifted to a more country sound for 's Juiceshe scored three Top 10 hits. The breakout track was "Queen of Hearts," the irresistibly catchy, Fleetwood-esque country-pop cut written by Hank DeVito. Newton had been playing the song at her live shows for a year before Richard Landis produced it for the LP. It was all up from there: The LP went platinum in the U. By Cady Drell. With a voice stirring together the low end of Johnny and the high whine of Hank, Garth Brooks was just beginning his historic superstar run.
A couple dozen folks — including "Low Places" songwriters Dewayne Blackwell and Earl "Bud" Lee — partied in the studio to create the bar-storming romp heard on the final refrain. But the party was just starting. The hit helped Brooks' second album, No Fencesship 17 million copies in the U. When Brooks performed "Friends in Low Places" on the Grammys in the early Nineties, the stage was set up like a posh black-tie affair.
Just as the song says, the Oklahoma native showed up in boots — as well as Taxi Val Mentek - I Sleep On Your Tongue vertical striped shirt, black cowboy hat, and a thumb jabbed into the pocket of his jeans.
Eventually the onstage glitz got pushed away to reveal a down-and-dirty saloon, like the ones blasting his song nationwide. This second-tier Texas outlaw still writes, performs and records, but he dreamed up his Layla (Unplugged) - Various - Songs (The Best Of The Singer/Songwriters) classic tune recorded most famously by Jerry Jeff Walker, though Nineties alt-rockers Cracker do a killer versionearly in his career, while kicking around in New Mexico.
Never mind what Merle said — mama didn't try hard enough, Hubbard suggests. If she had, maybe there wouldn't be so many good-for-nothing drunks out there "kickin' hippies' asses and raisin' hell. A hurtin', cheatin', drinkin' trifecta, Gary Stewart's only Number One would pass for a honky-tonk parody if the Kentucky singer's trembling tenor weren't so convincing.
A hardcore-country home run at a time when the genre was heading uptown, "She's Actin' Single" finds Stewart living a perpetual nightmare in which "she pours herself on some stranger" Quiero Más De Ti - Edurne - Edurne (Re-edición) "I pour myself a drink somewhere. An unreconstructed Southern rocker when he wanted to be, Stewart's version of a self-pitying coward struck a chord with a jukebox crowd who sometimes, as Stewart sang elsewhere, "got this drinkin' thing, to keep from thinkin' things.
Even back inAustin was getting weird, and Jerry Jeff Walker, a New York transplant backed by a band called the Lost Gonzos, was leading the transition. LP, he became the first to record "Desperados Waiting for a Train," a track that another Austin transplant, Guy Clark, wrote while working at a dobro factory in California.
Moonlighting as a songwriter, he came up with the title phrase and built around it the story of a grandfather figure to whom The Awareness Of Nothing (Concl.) - Donna Fargo - The Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A. (8-Track Car had once been close. You can't make this shit up. In the mid-Eighties Lyle Lovett emerged on the bookish, folkie fringe of a new traditionalism that reacted against the pop leaning of the Urban Cowboy era. Consisting of little more than guitars — a finger-picked acoustic and a welling slide — "If I Had a Boat" is nothing to ride a mechanical bull too.
And the abstract lyrics, which imagined Roy Rogers as confirmed Hang Up The Phone - Various - One Voice: The Songs Of Chage & Aska and Tonto losing patience with the Lone Ranger, demanded concentration.
Absurdist and meditative as it is, "If I Had a Boat" arose from a true story. Lovett claims he once tried to ride a pony across a pond. He wished he'd had a boat. Triumphant, hopeful and as corny as Kansas in August, North Carolina native Donna Fargo took this self-composed paean to young newlywed bliss to the top of the country charts.
There's no tortured dark-end-of-the-street sentiments for Fargo, who seems to mean every last "skippidy do da.
That's for middle age. For the two-and-a-half minutes that this lovers' anthem lasts, it can wait. By David Menconi. Once the Mississippi native became the "Chocolate Cowboy" in the early Seventies, he rolled out a string of charting country hits featuring his rich baritone voice, able backup singers and a wry sense of humor. Originally an early Wilson Pickett single, the perspective of an about-to-be-jilted lover trying to spark that old flame resonates in any genre.
Who cares that the song's two protagonists — a killer whale and an elephant — were two unusual subjects for a country song? The first single from 's Middle Cyclone"People Got a Lotta Nerve" sent a stern warning to anyone foolish enough to tie the singer down.
By Andrew Leahey. This tragic tale of a man who gave up his entire life to make his woman happy in Baltimore and who gets subsequently dumped there was originally recorded by Bobby Bare, a singer most famous for working with a young Kris Kristofferson.
But, as Bare told Rolling Stone in"Most of my hits would have been hits for anybody, I just got to 'em first. Unfortunately for them, Bare got to it first in June and scored a hit, reaching the Number Seven spot on the country charts. The joke ended up being on Bare, though: For many, Gram Parsons' version is widely considered the song's most essential incarnation. Written and recorded for Bobbie Gentry's album of the same name, "Fancy" tells a rags-to-riches tale of a young girl whose mother sends her into prostitution.
McEntire had wanted to record the song for years, but producer Jimmy Bowen argued against it — not because of the subject matter, but because he felt too many people associated the song with its original performer.
When McEntire turned to Tony Brown for her album, Rumor Has Itthe pair gave the song a striking loud-quiet-loud arrangement that helped introduce it to a new generation. By Linda Ryan. But where the heartbroken man wallows in these tracks, Allan is busy placing his own in their lineage, successfully conjuring a country classic that's as heartbreaking as the sum of its references. Inspired by a girl who "could party and rock harder than anyone I'd known," John Scott Sherrill wrote this song while separating from his wife.
The first country chart-topper for both singer John Anderson and Sherrill, "Wild and Blue" is a hauntingly beautiful account of a cheating woman, told from the POV of her cuckolded man.
Anderson's syrupy drawl and mournful wail is intensified by sister Donna's Hill Country harmonizing. Lloyd Green's The Awareness Of Nothing (Concl.) - Donna Fargo - The Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A. (8-Track Car steel and twin fiddles paint a long, bleak evening of waiting for honey to come home, but in the end the singer's resigned forgiveness is hardly cause for celebration.
Big-voiced Sally Timms gave Anderson's hit a straight, strong reading when British country-punks the Mekons covered it on 's Curse of the Mekons. The second Number One single The Awareness Of Nothing (Concl.) - Donna Fargo - The Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A. (8-Track Car Garth Brooks' debut LP, "The Dance" is a better-to-have-loved-and-lost slow jam that co-writer Tony Arata had been playing to open mic nights since he had moved to Nashville a few years earlier.
When Brooks first heard him play "The Dance," he swore he would record the song if he ever got signed. Inspired by a sign in Chicago that read "Trailers for Sale or Rent," Roger Miller's finger-snapping, bass-walking hit sold 2. Roger released his own sequel of sorts in when アラジン* - 完全無欠のロックンローラー opened Nashville's King of the Road Motor The Awareness Of Nothing (Concl.) - Donna Fargo - The Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A.
(8-Track Car. Songwriter Gretchen Peters wrote "Independence Day" from the point of view of an eight-year-old girl who watched her mother get abused by her alcoholic father, until her mother burns down their house. Its popularity — intrinsically tied to its subject matter — helped McBride become a spokesperson for domestic abuse awareness and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity.
But conservative host Sean Hannity wasn't in on the track's deeper meaning, using it as the theme song for his political radio show. Addiction, divorce, despair: Jamey Johnson spilled his demons on 's, That Lonesome Songan album that positioned the Alabamian as an able heir to the outlaw country throne.
But where he truly shines is on "In Color," a bittersweet ballad about man trying to convince his grandson that his photos — and his life — were more vibrant than just black and white, displaying a delicate sense for narrative and an emotive voice that's both calloused and vulnerable. What am I gonna do? Charlie Rich had been struggling to find a niche between his rocking, jazz-picker roots and the Music Row mainstream for two decades. We just needed the right song. By Marissa R.
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