Category Archives: Country

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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JERRY REED – Sings Jim Croce – (RCA) – 1980

Now, this is a treat for me as I love both Jerry Reed and Jim Croce. Even if Jerry just does rudimentary versions of Jim's songs that would be enough to keep me entertained. How this album came about I … 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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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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BUCK OWENS – The Kansas City Song – (Capitol) – 1970

Regular readers of this blog will know I have a fondness for Buck Owens. His material from the 1960s is what he is remembered for. That and his pioneering (along with Merle Haggard) of what became known as the Bakersfield … 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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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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