Tag Archives: Johnny Cash

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