Wonderful live set from Shannon McNally.
Cowboy hat, boots and a twang with a Beatlesque backbeat, if that ain’t Country, I don’t know what is.
Mister Baby – Lucky You Live at the Music in the Hall in Oxford, MS. Strip away the slick Taylor Swift bullshit. Now that’s Country Music. An heir to Kitty Wells and Loretta Lynn.
Bobbie Gentry, Bing Crosby, Tiny Tim, nothing more need be said. It was the 1960s
Jill Sobule – Where Is Bobbie Gentry – A brilliant and hilarious tribute to the reclusive Bobbi Gentry who has not been seen in over 30 years. It’s reputed she’s holed up in her mansion in Hollywood like Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. More power to her.
With Hot Tuna’s Jorma and Jack Cassidy
Country, Pop, Retro, She & Him qualify on every level. An oddly commercial duo that feels like they fell out of the Chet Atkins Sound by way of a Brian Wilson recording session. Zooey Deschanel (vocals, piano, ukulele) and M. Ward. Strange but true, kind of like a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. There’s a real Loretta-Tammy-Skeeter twang in her voice. Gotta love it.
The Civil Wars, featuring Joy Williams and John Paul White, a wonderful duo that broke up way too soon. Live in New Orleans in a wonderful Full Concert. Classic Country Music, in my book, they qualify.
Lynn Anderson – Rose Garden – Was she Pop, was she Country? She was good, that’s all I know. Anderson debuted in 1966, at the age of 19, and had her first hit with Ride, Ride, Ride. After a series of Top-10 hit singles on the country charts during the late 1960s, Anderson went on to sign with Columbia Records in 1970. Under Columbia, she had her most successful string of hits. Her signature song, “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,” remains one of the biggest selling country crossover hits of all time. In addition to being a mega country hit, the song also went to No. 3 on the Billboard Pop Chart and reached the top of the charts in several countries around the globe, an unprecedented achievement at the time. CMT ranks “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden” at No. 83 on its list of the “100 Greatest Songs in Country Music History.”
Loretta Lynn – Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ with screwin’ on your mind, er, I mean lovin’… Yeah, we know what you meant Loretta. Gotta love her. No bullshit in Loretta’s songs. Watch for Bill Monroe backing up Loretta. Far out. The album of the same name was first Gold Record by a female Country Artist.