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Mark Mayhew



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:20 pm    Post subject: Country and Western Music-Favourite Song/Artist Reply with quote

What do we think of C&W music-not a lot mentioned on these boards about this style.

I for one like quite this type of music when I am in the mood- is the weekly Bob Harris C&W show any good.

One of my favourite C&W songs is Blanket on the Ground by Billie Jo Spears- a good toe tapper imho!!!

Anyone else got a favourite artist/song from the C&W style.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like alt-country rather than trad although I can still listen to the latter. Favourite artists at the moment in the alt-country genre would be Gina Villalobos and The Wreckers although it's always subject to change.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope you don't mind, but for country, I'm going to read american folk. My offering is the late and great Harry Chapin. He gave us such gems as:

W.O.L.D
Dreams go by
Mr Tanner
30,000 pounds of bananas
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am always amazed that Jimmy Buffet is so over looked in these parts.
I heard someone play its 5 o'clock somewhere recently. Made my day!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gfloyd wrote:
I am always amazed that Jimmy Buffet is so over looked in these parts.
I heard someone play its 5 o'clock somewhere recently. Made my day!

I think that's by Alan Jackson with Jimmy Buffet guesting towards the end of the song. That's a regular on Johnnie Walker's shows.
There's two country shows on R2, Nick Barraclough on Wednesdays as well as Bob's Thursday show.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favourite Country song is

Don't Make love in the Kitchen Grandma,You're too old to ride the range.
Can't remember who sang it,but on the B side it was.

Don't make love in a cornfield Grandma you're working against the grain.
Sad to say it never made the top 40!!!!!!!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lord Evan Elpuss wrote:

[color=red][size=14]I think that's by Alan Jackson with Jimmy Buffet guesting towards the end of the song.[/quote]

That's right. Alan Jackson is great too.

Back to Buffett though & when do you ever hear these great songs on the radio:

"Margaritaville"
"Come Monday"
"Fins"
"Volcano"
"A Pirate Looks At Forty"
"Cheeseburger in Paradise"
"Why Don't We Get Drunk (and Screw)"
"Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes"
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about that great country song called "Your the reason our kids are ugly". Classic title. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who did 'I Love a Rainy Night'? Was that Jimmy Buffett?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lord ...Rainy Night was Eddie Rabbitt.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MIKERAPHONE wrote:
Lord ...Rainy Night was Eddie Rabbitt.

Thanks Mike.
One artist I really like and saw live at Guildfest 2004 is Eve Selis. Bob Harris has played her several times on his Country show. Lucinda Williams is good too. Bob devoted the whole of last week's country show to her and her new album West , which was also 6 music's 'album of the day' today.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Josh Turner. What a voice, what a totally ripped, babe!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AST8fosZHQ&mode=related&search=
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a lot of time for Wayl;on jennings - try finding his 'Black on Black' album - I've got it on vinyl import - great duets with Willie Nelson.

However, I would have to say one my favourite is Ricky Skaggs - I was really into Ricky a big way in the late eightees. Amazing guitar picking, the live in London album is a gem, he sings a duet with Elvis Costello - don't get above ya raisin'. Brilliant.

And of course, we can't go without mentioning Garth Brooks - if tomorrow never comes, the thunder rolls, standing outside the fire - class.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have a single favourite country, rock or pop track or artist. Depends upon my mood as to what I choose to listen to, Waylon Jennings singing Dreaming My Dreams Of You or another mood shift to Are You Sure Hank Done This Way, Alison Krauss, When You Say Nothing At All or Ghost In This House, Johnny Cash, Long Black Veil, or Boy Named Sue. Garth Brooks, The Dance or Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)/Friends In Low Places. Steve Earle, Copperhead Road, John Prine, Paradise, Lets Talk Dirty In Hawian. Eagles, Hotel Calafornia, The Last Resort. Willie Nelson, Seven Spanish Angels, On The Road Again. Bonnie Rait, Angel From Montgomery. Kimmie Rhodes, I'm Not An Angel. I could go on for hours, it is such a diverse music genre that borders on folk, rock, pop, blues & jazz, IMHO. Oh must add Hayseed Dixie, Saving Your Poop and Let The Circle Be Unbroken. Sorry to bore you all!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 5:06 pm    Post subject: favourite country and western record Reply with quote

I am going back a long time now, always been in my mind though,
Johnny Horton singing "North to Alaska", I went to Alaska on holiday a few years ago and this song still played in my mind!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good song Dutchy, we sometimes hear it at our local live country venue.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a big fan of today's Country Music I have to say. It's ok but I wuz razed on Johnny Cash and he's the man for me.

Of course I like his "Ride This Train" album friom the 60's, in fact most of his old stuff.
I particularly liked songs like "The Talkin Leaves" ( or Cherokee Alphabet ) "Doc Holiday" and "Don't Take Your Guns To Town" etc.. good stuff
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today's country music leans a bit too far over to video and radio-friendly American pop rock, as personified by Shania Twain, Keith Urban and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, who are fine, in small doses. Mind you even they seem to be considered "too country" for British tastes.

I'm quite partial to Suzy Bogguss, who sits somewhere between the Shanias and the more traditional twangy country. Her last album "Swing" ventured into western swing territory and is gorgeous, as is her Christmas CD.

Mary Chapin Carpenter is another who has never quite fully embraced the FM Radio groove, although there's plenty of catchy uptempo songs on her Essential/Greatest Hits (two of which, and one slow one, can be heard on her website www.marychapincarpenter.com ). She has a new album, just released, which is much more personal and touches upon more topical subjects. I've only heard a couple of tracks (on Iain Anderson's late night show on BBC Radio Scotland) but it sounds quite promising.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Rocket, have you heard anything by Kimmie Rhodes, IMHO, she is just wonderful, I have a couple of her LP's, sorry CD's, my favourite being West Texas Heaven with duets with the great Willie Nelson , Waylon Jennings & Townes Van Zandt. My favourite 2 tracks are Wild Roses & I'm Not An Angel, just pure magic.

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PS She is a big friend of Emmylou Harris & co wrote Love & Happiness with Emmylou for the All The Road Running CD.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SantaFefan wrote:
Not a big fan of today's Country Music I have to say. It's ok but I wuz razed on Johnny Cash and he's the man for me.

Of course I like his "Ride This Train" album friom the 60's, in fact most of his old stuff.
I particularly liked songs like "The Talkin Leaves" ( or Cherokee Alphabet ) "Doc Holiday" and "Don't Take Your Guns To Town" etc.. good stuff


Santa if you get a chance, have a listen to a compilation of Johnny Cash, published 2000, called Murder, many of the tracks are so old they are in mono ie Folsom Prison Blues, Delia's Gone, but Don't Take Your Guns To Town is in stereo as is my all time favourite JC track, The Long Black Veil. There is some interesting sleeve notes by JC himself & Quentin Tarantino. More trivia, I just love music trivia. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that, BB. She's very restful Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are welcome Rocket, kimmie Rhodes and Alison Kraus, I just love their voices. Who is your favourite country lady? You did say you like Mary Chapin Carpenter and Suzy Bogus, who I to like. I also like Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, The Judds, Dixie Chicks, Nanci Griffith, K D Lang and Patsy Cline.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barkingbiker wrote:
Santa if you get a chance, have a listen to a compilation of Johnny Cash, published 2000, called Murder, many of the tracks are so old they are in mono ie Folsom Prison Blues, Delia's Gone, but Don't Take Your Guns To Town is in stereo as is my all time favourite JC track, The Long Black Veil. There is some interesting sleeve notes by JC himself & Quentin Tarantino. More trivia, I just love music trivia. Very Happy

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I'll keep a look out for it BB, thanks.
The more I think about why I like certain stuff, the more I'm convinced it's because in my early years, I would listen to records (with my older brother) and picture what the lyrics were describing. Usually I liked what I pictured, ie; Cash, Jennings etc, would be dusty USA towns in Western days, and trains of course!
Beach Boys and the California lifestyle, sun, beach & cars.
My brother also had a craze on buying early US Truck Driving songs! again, great lyrics and images for the mind! heard of them?

That was back in the 50's and 60's. I wonder if young kids today think this way about music? I doubt it somehow...
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think many of the songs in the late 50's and, to a lesser degree, early 60's told a story, particularly C & W songs Big Iron On His Hip, Don't Take Your Guns To Town, Ghost Riders In The Sky and the song that was so important to High Noon, Tex Ritter's Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin' made a great impression on us youngsters. Well they certainly did me and I am still a fan of Country, especially songs that tell stories, like Copperhead Road & Paradise. We were brought up in a time when there was not so many electronic gadgets to entertain us, so reading Biggles, Saturday morning matinee and gunfighter ballads were our simple enjoyment.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're right there BB, me and my pals seemed to always be playing with battery torches for some reason. I had a super one which had four colour lenses. High tech for the time no doubt..

I was thinking about songs inspiring strong mental images and maybe one of the last of my younger years was "Ode to Billie Joe" by Billie Joe Spears, remember that one? jumping off the Tallahatchie Bridge etc..
Very atmospheric song.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Santa, Ode To Billy Joe, was a great country classic that broke through into the pop charts in 68, by Bobby Gentry. Billie Joe Spears did, amongst others, Blanket On The Ground. But there are some more modern country songs that tell great stories, especially, IMHO, from people like waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Garth Brooks, Steve Earle etc.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barkingbiker wrote:
You are welcome Rocket, kimmie Rhodes and Alison Kraus, I just love their voices. Who is your favourite country lady? You did say you like Mary Chapin Carpenter and Suzy Bogus, who I to like. I also like Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, The Judds, Dixie Chicks, Nanci Griffith, K D Lang and Patsy Cline.

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Hello BB. I'm not sure I have an absolute favourite. I just like anyone who sings, rather than shouts, and nearly all of those mentioned fall easily into that qualification. Surprisingly, though, I can't get on with Reba McEntire, who's supposed to be the grande dame of C&W; she has a pure soprano voice but her songs (other than the occasional big-name cover) all seem a bit stodgy and one paced for me.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi RR, we seem to be much in tune as far as country ladies go, like you Reba McEntire does not appeal to me, nor does Lorreta Lynn or Tammy Wynette. A singer that I really like is Beth Nielson Chapman, the track that TW played this morning I find amazingly moving, her voice just gives me goose bumps.
Although not country, I also enjoy folk, especially Irish & Celtic Rock, one of my favourite CD's is Tears of Stone, by The Chieftains with mainly female vocalists, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joni Mitchell & Sinead O'Connor. Maybe you have heard it?

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