Sept. 23, 2008

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The online music resource All Music Guide lists exactly 41 “styles” of country music on their site, including everything from alternative country to contemporary country to yodeling to cowboy to “new traditionalist” (as well as “neo traditionalist”) to urban country and outlaw and, of course, Americana. We at GRR are not necessarily given to this kind of labeling. We like what we like and we aren’t compelled to give it a name or put it in a box. But we point this out to illustrate the diversity that now exists in the country music world.

Tonight we’d like to consider the wide range of styles and artists that exist in country music. Since the movie “O Brother Where Art Thou?” it seems like every American musician has rediscovered their ‘roots’. In truth, though, much of the American musical cultural comes from rural life. Elvis listened to country and gospel and African American music and he put them in a blender and brought rock and roll to the youth of America. In 1968 and 1969 respectively, Gram Parsons and the Byrds and Bob Dylan came out with what were termed “country rock” records (Sweetheart of the Rodeo and the classic Nashville Skyline), bringing country to the flower children. Later, the city of Austin began to rival Nashville as a hotspot of country music, but with an edge – home to Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Nancy Griffith, Lucinda Williams and others (what AMG calls “progressive country.”) The idea tonight is simply to range far and wide over the country music history and landscape – it is too much territory to cover in one night, but we’ll take a whirlwind tour (“if it is 8:30, this must be Lubbock, Texas.”)

We’ll be playing the classics like Hank Williams and Loretta Lynn, as well as Lucinda, Rosanne, Rodney Crowell, Shelby Lynne and a few artist you might not be as familiar with: Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Willis Alan Ramsey and Robert Earle Keen (what is it with three names?).

Playlist
Elvis Presley-Blue Moon of Kentucky
Buck Owens-Under Your Spell Again
Johnny Cash-Redemption Song
Jerry Lee Lewis-Over the Rainbow
Uncle Tupelo-No Depression
Marty Stuart-Sundown In Nashville
Darrell Scott-Heartbreak Town
Robert Earl Keene-Leaving Tennessee
Lyle Lovett-This Old Porch
Lucinda Williams-Jackson
Bob Dylan-I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
The Byrds-Hickory Wind
Junior Brown-My Wife Thinks You’re Dead
Kasey Chambers-Rattlin’ Bones
Joe Ely-Because of the Wind
Jimmy Dale Gilmore-Walking the Floor Over You
Gillian Welch-I Want to Sing that Rock and Roll
Amy Rigby-Break Up Boots
Willis Alan Ramsey-Angel Eyes
BR549-No Train to Memphis
John Prine and Melba Montgomery-Milwaukee Here We Come
Rodney Crowell-Earthbound
George Jones/Tammy Wynette-Take Me
Charlie Rich-I Take It on Home
Rosanne Cash-Black Cadillac
Loretta Lynn-Portland Oregon
Shelby Lynne-Your Lies
Johnny Cash-I Still Miss Someone

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One response to “Sept. 23, 2008

  1. lunarowlar

    great playlist.
    sorry I can’t hear it…

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