The Back Country (Music)
With Jeff Corbin
Sat Aug 24th 2013 3.00pm–5.00pm
Time zone: central
Merle Haggard And The Strangers “The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde” from Down Every Road, Volume 2 (CAPITOL 1996) —Arthur Penn's "Bonnie and Clyde" debuted the last half of 1967 and inspired this Haggard recording.Buy it!
Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys “Walls of Time” from The Definitive Collection (MCA NASHVILLE 2005) —Peter Rowan had already left the Blue Grass Boys when this was recorded, but not before he and Bill shared co-writing credits. Peter was on an earlier recording of the song with Bill.Buy it!
J.D. Crowe and the New South “Will You Be Satisfied That Way?” from Bluegrass Holiday (Rebel Records www.rebelrecords.com 2007) —Originally released in 1969 on the Lemco label, with Red Allen, Doyle Lawson and Bobby Slone--what a band!Buy it!
Vern & Ray with Herb Pedersen “I Wonder Where You are Tonight” from San Francisco - 1968 (Arhoolie Records 2006) —Vern Williams, Ray Park and a 24-year old Herb Pedersen the same year he joined The Dillards.Buy it!
Doc Watson “The Train That Carried My Girl From Town” from The Essential Doc Watson (Vanguard 1986) —Doc went to Nashville to record this with some of the best of Nashville: Grady Martin, Don Stover, Tommy Jackson, Buddy Spicher, Shot Jackson, Floyd Cramer, Junior Huskey and Buddy Harman.Buy it!
Dave Dudley “There Ain't No Easy Run” from Truck Drivin' Son of a Gun: The Mercury Hit Singles 1963-1973 (Edsel 2004) —Dudley co-wrote this one with Tom T. Hall.Buy it!
Dick Curless “Bury the Bottle with Me” from The Drag 'Em Off The Interstate Sock It To 'Em Hits of Dick Curless (Razor & Tie 1998) —Recorded on the Tower label.Buy it!
Bob Wills “Across the Alley from the Alamo” from The Best of Bob Wills (MCA 1973) —Recorded on the Kapp label, the final tracks on this release were cut just three months before a stroke left Bob Wills paralyzed and he never played music again. Sole inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1968.Buy it!
Carl Perkins “Lake County Cotton Country” from Country Boy's Dream: The Dollie Masters (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 1991) —In between appearances on Johnny Cash package shows Carl cut several dozen tracks for the Dollie label in the 1960s.Buy it!
Glen Campbell “Wichita Lineman” (CAPITOL 1968) —Glen's version of Jimmy Webb's "existential country" song spent three weeks on top of the charts and the album was there an additional two weeks.Buy it!
Willie Nelson “Bring Me Sunshine” from Naked Willie (Sony Legacy 2009) —Technically recorded in 1968 but harmonica man Mickey Raphael remixed some early songs Willie did for RCA, removing the strings and background choruses.Buy it!
John Hartford “Gentle on My Mind” from RCA Country Legends (Buddha Records 2001) —When Glen Campbell recorded a version of John's classic the royalties allowed John to pursue his newgrass dreams.Buy it!
Doug Dillard and Gene Clark “Train Leaves Here This Morning” from Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark/Through the Morning, Through the Night (A & M 1998) —The Dillards and The Byrds come together in country rock. Fine songwriting, and who else would have tried a harpsichord in country music?Buy it!
The Byrds “Hickory Wind” from Sweetheart of the Rodeo (Legacy Edition) (Columbia / Legacy 2003) —Roger McGuinn had no idea that when David Crosby left the group what they were getting when Gram Parsons replaced him. McGuinn exclaimed, "We just hired a piano player...and it's George Jones! In a sequin suit!"Buy it!
Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Three “Folsom Prison Blues” from At Folsom Prison (Legacy Edition) (Sony 2008) —Johnny was in the vanguard of live recordings as he recorded the first album ever at a correctional facility.Buy it!
Johnny Paycheck “If I'm Gonna Sink (I Might As Well Go To the Bottom)” from The Real Mr. Heartache: The Little Darlin' Years (Country Music Foundation 1996) —Recorded on the Little Darlin' label.Buy it!
Waylon Jennings and the Waylors “The Only Daddy Thatll Walk the Line (Live)” from And the Answer Is...: Great Country Answer Discs from the '60s and their Original Versions (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 1994) —Originally recorded on RCA.Buy it!
Jean Shepard “Only Mama That'll Walk the Line” from And The Answer Is...: Great Country Answer Discs from the '60s and their Original Versions (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 1994) —Answer songs were all the rage in the '50s and '60s.Buy it!
Roger Miller “Little Green Apples” from King of the Road: The Genius of Roger Miller, Volume 3 (Polygram 1995) —O.C. Smith had a big hit with this also but Roger cut it first and his version made it to #6.Buy it!
Don Rich and the Buckaroos “Sad is the Lonely” from Country Pickin': The Don Rich Anthology CD ALBUM (Sundazed 1995) —Recorded on the Capitol label. As leader of the Buckaroos, Don was instrumental in the band's being named top country band for the fifth straight year in 1968. Here's an instrumental to prove it.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “1968” from Man Of Somebody's Dreams: A Tribute To Chris Gaffney (Yep Roc 2009) —The only song in this playlist not released or recorded in 1968. Thought it would be an appropriate ending to the memory of 1968.Buy it!