Category Archives: Country

HELEN MERRILL – American Country Songs – (Atco) – 1959

Helen Merrill is a great vocalist. She could sing anything. And she has proved it time and again …  over 60+ years of professional recording. She does country tunes here but she has done smooth jazz, swing, pop, trad pop, … Continue reading

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CHIP TAYLOR – Chip Taylor’s Last Chance – (Warner Brothers) – 1973

Check out my other comments for background on Chip. He has his roots, schizophrenic style, in both 60s Brill building pop and country music. You could assume that a native New Yorker from Yonkers could understandably be a Brill building … Continue reading

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CLAUDE KING – Meet Claude King – (Columbia) – 1962

I know Claude from his 45, “The Comancheros” which I bought because of its John Wayne tie-in novelty value. I loved the film, which is one the earliest John Wayne films I recall seeing, and the song (released after the … Continue reading

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MICKEY NEWBURY – After All These Years – (Mercury) – 1981

The magnificent Mickey Newbury. One of the greatest of all country singer songwriters. Check out my other comments for biographical detail on him as well as other ramblings. The guy on the cover art could be a salesman or perhaps … Continue reading

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TOM T. HALL – Song in a Seashell – (Mercury) – 1985

I love Tom T. Hall but I approach this album with some trepidation. 1985 was not a good aural year for the mainstream country music industry. And, Tom T. Hall was a big seller and definitely mainstream. Between 1969 and … Continue reading

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DENNIS LINDE – Linde Manor – (Intrepid) – 1970

Dennis Linde (March 18, 1943 – December 22, 2006) … "Songwriter Dennis Linde remained a fixture of the country charts for decades, penning blockbusters for everyone from Elvis Presley to the Dixie Chicks. Born March 18, 1943, in Abilene, TX, … Continue reading

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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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JOHNNY CASH & JUNE CARTER CASH – Johnny Cash and His Woman – (CBS) – 1973

Yes, of course, the title to this album would nowadays be denounced as misogynist or sexist. “… and His Woman” Perhaps, even in 1973 the title was a little old fashioned, but then again Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash … Continue reading

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JERRY REED – Ko-Ko Joe – (RCA) – 1971

I love Jerry Reed. His voice and guitar are distinctive and even iconic. He, though, unfairly gets stereotyped as a loud good ol’ boy singer mainly because his big hits (Amos Moses, When You’re Hot You’re Hot etc), were, errr, … Continue reading

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BUCK OWENS – Your Tender Loving Care – (Capitol) – 1967

Buck Owens was riding high in the mid-60s. Every single he released (and there were fourteen of them) between 1963 and 1967 went to number one in the country charts. His hit making didn't dissipate until the mid-7os but as … Continue reading

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