Category Archives: Country

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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JOHNNY CASH – Everybody Loves a Nut – (Columbia) – 1966

They certainly do. But everyone loves someone who is deadly serious and can be pontificated over. Generation X did that to Johnny Cash and his Rick Rubin recordings. But, Johnny put out Christmas albums, kids albums, gospel albums, and this, … 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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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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MICKEY NEWBURY – Lovers – (Elektra) – 1975

This is a slice of personal country Americana.   As usual Newbury’s lyrics and accompanying music cut deep.   Newbury has a knack for conveying emotions through music, and by that I mean “music” not just lyrics. Like the songwriters … Continue reading

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