Category Archives: Country

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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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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JOHN DENVER – Take Me to Tomorrow – (RCA) – 1970

It’s hard to explain how popular John Denver was in the 70s, so just accept that he was. He was everywhere … in the charts, on television, in films and on constant tour around the world. He is, generally, assumed … Continue reading

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JOHNNY CASH – Songs of Our Soil – (Columbia) – 1959

Johnny's third album for his new label, Columbia, in a year. The album is groundbreaking in the Johnny Cash world … It is his first concept album, though it is not a fully fledged concept album like some of his … Continue reading

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JOHNNY CASH – Happiness is You – (Columbia) – 1966

Johnny Cash was quite happy before he was "the man in black". Actually, he was quite upbeat even when he was the man in black This is Johnny's Love Album. Well, the "New Love" Album. Thematically the songs deal with breaking … Continue reading

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