The brilliance of David Allan Coe….sung many a time at the FloraBama.
Posted by music maven on September 4, 2007 in Country, Uncategorized
September 4, 2007 at 8:32 am
I used to go to a great country bar in the FL Keys called Alabama Jacks. It was basically a shack built on a dock. Great food and great music. Everyone would be dancing and clogging and the whole damn dock would bounce up and down. We always thought the dock would collapse into the water, but I don’t think anyone would have cared. This song was an absolute necessity. Love it.
It was written by Steve Goodman who also wrote the “best train song” City of New Orleans. He wrote Jimmy Buffet’s Banana Republic and a lesser known song by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band called “Face on the Cutting Room Floor”.
Another favorite “classic” country song is this one (written by Shel Silverstein and performed by Tompall Glaser who was one of the Outlaws with Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson:
I was really into country music during this period. I spent my weekends entering singing contests at the local country dives around south Florida. Places with names like The Last Chance Saloon, The Leisure Lounge……….. I’ll have to check and see if any of them are still open when we go next month.
I don’t feel that country music is really country music anymore. I’m sure there is some good stuff, I just like some of the old twangy stuff better. I was a “closet country fan” growing up in NJ due to an aunt who lived with us playing Hank Williams, Eddy Arnold, Glen Campbell and such. Anyone ever hear of Johnny Tillotson? I guess he was sort of a 50’s and 60’s hit. One of my favorites is “It Keeps Right On a Hurtin'”. He also did “Send Me the Pillow that you Dream On” and “Fool # One”.
O.K., I’ll stop rambling. Thanks for the memory trigger MM.
September 4, 2007 at 10:45 am
Little Deb — you, my friend, are a Country Music Maven!
The Tompall Glaser tune is a classic that was on The Outlaws album — one of my favorites! Along with “T for Texas”, “Put Another Log on the Fire” is just plain fun. Those are right up there with Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Pissin’ in the Wind”. Oh, how I love those crazy country tunes.
I agree with you that Country just isn’t country anymore. Tim, Faith, Shania, Brooks & Dunn, etc., are all old Pop artists, to me. Along with Eddy, Hank and the bunch, throw in Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline’s duet buddy. Johnny is not familiar to me…I’ll have to research.
So glad that I’ve found a Country Maven. Look for some Conway Twitty posts to come. I love me some Conway.
September 4, 2007 at 9:26 pm
Okay…this is when my yankee shows. Why is it I can do Delta Blues, Blue Grass, Folk, Southern rock…but a little twang and I am lost. I wish I could understand it, because I feel I am only half appreciating american music.
September 5, 2007 at 6:41 am
Shrew, it’s ok. I’ll never like rap. Just not going to happen.
September 7, 2007 at 9:58 am
As more of a jazz/blues/folk/funk/soul girl myself, I had to ease into the twangers. I suggest you start with some of the best and most accessible cross-over folks. They have a lotta soul:
Patsy Cline: “Crazy” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wysJ7KeGpX4&mode=related&search=
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: “Cupid’s Got a Gun”
and, of course, Willie Nelson: he wrote “Crazy” and so many others, including “You Were Only On My Mind:
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