Tag Archives: Johnny Cash

The Dillards Rare Live Performances Complete 60s & 70s

The classic band, the Dillards, Rodney, Doug, Mitch and Dean with Herb Pedersen and Billy Ray Latham from some of their first appearances in the early 60s on Hootananny and the Judy Garland Variety Show to clips from Hugh Hefner’s Playboy After Dark, the Johnny Cash Show and PBS’s Soundstage. Plus a few Doug Dillard solo performances from the 70s and 80s.

The Dillards Live in Virginia July 1972

The Original Dillards Live – Full Show 1999

The Dillards Live In Burlington, Iowa 1979 (Full Concert)

Recorded from Iowa Public Television in 1980. The Dillards Live In Burlington, Iowa – Summer of 1979 or 1980 at the Burlington Steamboat Days. Rodney Dillard guitar and vocals, Dean Webb mandolin and vocals, Jeff Gilkinson on banjo and vocals and likely Paul York on drums. Not sure who was on bass, but if you listen close enough you may be able to figure it out.

01 Walking In Jerusalem
02 Daddy Was A Mover
03 Dooley
04 Ebo Walker
05 Annabelle Lee
06 The Charlotte Breakdown
07 Caney Creek
08 The Whiskey Before Breakfast
09 Old Cane Press
10 We Can Work It Out
11 Dueling Banjos
12 The Old Home Place
13 Somebody Touched Me
14 The Biggest Whatever
15 You’ve Got To Be Strong

Remastered by Mystic Hedgehog Studios from a reel to reel monophonic tape with an annoying high pitched hum to digital faux stereo. We claim no copyright in this recording, only the right to try and preserve a lost recording from a magnificent band.

Country-Rock Hall Of Fame – Kris Kristofferson

An essential member of the Country-Rock Hall Of Fame is Kris Kristofferson who songwriting fueled artists as diverse as Johnny Cash and Janis Joplin in the late 60s and early 70s before becoming a star in his own right as both a singer-songwriter and actor. His role in Cisco Pike 1971 can be seen as the first and maybe quintessential film essay of the nascent Country-Outlaw movement.


The Essential 1970s Discography

1970 Kristofferson album review Legacy / Monument/Legacy
Me and Bobby McGee
1971 Me and Bobby McGee album review Monument Records
The Silver Tongued Devil and I
1971 The Silver Tongued Devil and I album review Monument Records
Border Lord
1972 Border Lord album review One Way Records
Jesus Was a Capricorn
1972 Jesus Was a Capricorn album review Monument Records
Full Moon 1973 Full Moon album review A&M
Spooky Lady's Sideshow
1974 Spooky Lady’s Sideshow album review One Way Records
1974 Breakaway album review Monument Records
Who's to Bless and Who's to Blame
1975 Who’s to Bless and Who’s to Blame album review One Way Records

The Classic Country Western Blog ~ The first things I remember

The first thing I remember is my Dad bringing home a dog. I was two years old. I know this from pictures of the puppy and me with the date stamped in the margin. The dog was a white Pekinese-Spitz mix with long frizzy hair and a toothy grin and enough energy for two dogs. Someone in the family, probably my Dad, named him Corky. I loved that dog.

The Family Dog
Corky – The Family Dog

We lived in a silver trailer house in a park near the Cedar River in Charles City, Iowa. My grandparents lived just a few blocks up the street and all of my aunts, uncle and cousins lived within a twenty minute drive of us. My Dad worked as an auto mechanic and my Mom stayed at home and took care of my brother and me.

I grew up on the classic Rock, Pop and Country of the 1960s and 1970s. My parents loved music. They had a stereo as big as a sofa. It was in a hard wood cabinet and looked kind of like the fancy dresser your grandmother brought over on a steamer from the Old World.

My Dad would play Sinatra on it, my brother, ten years older than me, the Beatles and my Mom, Country Music. I can identify most Rock and Country songs and the singer of the era in an instant, placing them not only in the year they were a hit, but also the season, spring, summer, or winter. As a kid, my parents took me to see Johnny Cash and Buck Owens in concert in Des Moines. Now that was a musical education.

In the 70s my brother and I played in bar bands. Though we thought of ourselves as Rock and Rollers, much of our repertoire, out of necessity was Country Western. I have to admit that Classic of the 60s and 70s has always been my first choice, but in recent years I’ve come to love Classic Country as well. This blog is loving nostalgia, an ode to a musical era that exists now only in our memories, and on YouTube. Thank God for YouTube.

There are not a lot of blogs that talk about Classic Country Music. This is going to be one of them.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man