Category Archives: Alt Country

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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MICKEY NEWBURY – Harlequin Melodies – (RCA) – 1968

Mickey Newbury was born in 1940 in Houston, Texas. wikipedia fills in the biographical details well: "As a teenager, Newbury sang tenor in a moderately successful vocal group called The Embers. The group opened for several famous performers, such as … Continue reading

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JOHN HARTFORD – Annual Waltz – (Dot) – 1987

I'm frequently criticised for all the "old" records I comment on. I point out that this blog is a vinyl  music blog and vinyl died in the early to mid 90s in Australia. Accordingly, vinyl product after that is hard … Continue reading

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JOHNNY CASH – Hymns By Johnny Cash – (Columbia) – 1959

Johnny Cash was a devout man. Too many times we try to remould the musician we admire into a variation of our own image. It’s as if we say, I can’t possibly like this person unless he is like me… … Continue reading

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PAUL SIEBEL – Woodsmoke and Oranges – (Elektra) – 1970

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m a sucker for anything on the Elektra label. I’ll give just about everything on that label a go and will always buy up when I find them in op shops. … Continue reading

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JIM KWESKIN – America – (Reprise) – 1971

Jim Kweskin is one of the great, lost and forgotten heroes of American music. It’s not that he didn’t have his time in the sun. He did. But his time passed and his audience got older and he failed to … Continue reading

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DON EVERLY – Don Everly – (Ode) – 1971

  The Everly Brothers are legends. Just about all of their albums are worthwhile whilst some are brilliant. Unfortunately they, like so many of their era, are considered to be a singles act. This is unfortunate because their albums hold … Continue reading

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MICKEY NEWBURY – I Came to Hear the Music – (Elektra) – 1974

Newbury was friends with Townes Van Zandt and occupied the same territory as him but no cult has developed around Newbury since his death as it has with Townes. Townes is great but, Newbury is better. They both write direct … Continue reading

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JOHN HARTFORD – Housing Project – (RCA) – 1968

I love John Hartford.   Every time I find a new John Hartford album I become excited with anticipation.   Perhaps it’s because he has such a vast canon to explore and the fact I didn’t really know who he … Continue reading

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