Category Archives: Alt Country

CHIP TAYLOR – This Side Of The Big River – (Warner Brothers) – 1975

Chip Taylor is one of the weirdest of all country singers. He isn’t quite country though country musicians and audiences have warmed up to him. He was at the forefront of the country meets Americana meets alt country. A native … Continue reading

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MICKEY NEWBURY – Looks Like Rain – (Mercury) – 1969

Check out my other comments for details and background on Mickey Newbury. You will need something on background because Mickey isn't a household name even though he was extremely influential as a songwriter. He wrote songs that were covered by … Continue reading

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CHIP TAYLOR – Somebody Shoot Out The Jukebox – (Columbia) – 1976

The full title of this album is "Chip Taylor With Ghost Train". I'm not sure who Ghost Train are but I assume they are his backing band, George Kiriakis, David Kapell, John Platania, Joe Renda, David Mansfield and Beau Segal. … Continue reading

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PETER ROWAN – Medicine Trail – (Flying Fish) – 1980

I have commented on Rowan's evocative debut album on this blog. Check that entry for background on his truly interesting career in music and some other bits and pieces on his style of  country music. I said this in relation … Continue reading

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CASEY KELLY – Casey Kelly – (Elektra) – 1972

I always get excited over a new Elektra LP. It's a great label. Casey Kelly I had not heard of before and there is very little on him online. Luckily though he is a moderately successful songwriter (and author on … Continue reading

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LONE JUSTICE – Shelter – (Geffen) – 1986

It's taken me some time to get to this second and final album from California cowpunkers Lone Justice. Or, rather, it's taken me some time to revisit this album. In 1985 I reviewed their first album" Lone Justice" for the … Continue reading

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PETER ROWAN – Peter Rowan – (Flying Fish) – 1978

Peter Rowan isn't a household name but he is well known to rock obscure-ists and .ore importantly to enthusiasts of American bluegrass. And he has been playing guitar, yodelling, singing and song writing for a long time. Wikipedia: Rowan was … Continue reading

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JOHN HARTFORD – Headin’ Down Into the Mystery Below – (Flying Fish) – 1978

I have fought the urge to rush out a Rod McKuen, who died a couple of days ago, comment today. I have commented on McKuen before, and I love his music, but I don't think it would be wise to … Continue reading

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NICK LOWE and his Cowboy Outfit – The Rose of England – (Columbia) – 1985

In my (probably) myopic view of rock 'n' roll Nick Lowe is one of the holy ten of English acts who have practiced that distinctly American idiom over a lengthy time with any conviction. He knows how to rock out, … Continue reading

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JOHN HARTFORD – Iron Mountain Depot – (RCA) – 1970

Country, bluegrass and especially newgrass lovers love John Hartford, and there is much to love. Generally, though, despite his fame being built on (covers of his songs on) his RCA albums from 1967 – 1970, the country music enthusiasts prefer … Continue reading

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